Is your Smelly Pet Keeping Your House from Selling?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. BK629999


Bailey the BoxerSo many owners have pets today.  I recently read an article that said that over 75% of homeowners have some type of pet.  That means dogs and cats, guinea pigs and gerbils, turtles and fish, birds and snakes. 

Well, whatever type of pet you have...we can all agree that we all love our pets.  After all, they're part of the family, aren't they?

But, when it comes to selling your home, buyers don't want to be reminded about your sweet little furry critter. Not everyone appreciates your pet like you do.

There is no bigger turn off when walking through the front door of a home than the "smell" of your pet. 

I have seen buyers turn on their heel and walk right back out if they even catch a hint of a smelly pet.

So, sellers, be very careful that your home is deoderized and ready to "smell" BEFORE that prospective buyer walks through the front door.

 ...Bailey the Boxer



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Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area

Great tip and one many sellers need to be aware of. Thanks for the reminder.

Oct 17, 2013 02:11 AM #1
Marilyn Wier
RE/MAX Space Center - League City, TX
Your League City & Surrounding Areas REALTOR!

Love the picture! I have found myself coughing and sneezing due to the large amounts of dog hair left about in some of the houses I'e shown and sold. Often times the smell of animal is overlooked to the home owner but everyone else notices.

Oct 17, 2013 02:32 AM #2
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Sandy, I showed a darling townhouse over the weekend that had a really bad combination of kitty litter and Fabreze! When the listing agent called me for feedback, she thanked me profusely for mentioning it - she had been bugging her owners to do something about the smell, and they were ignoring her.
Oct 17, 2013 04:35 AM #3
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Yes smelly is the opposite of "selly" - and sadly sometimes our pets do smell.

Oct 17, 2013 05:11 PM #4
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

YES is that answer. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where the Valet who had horrific BO parked Jerry's car and the smell wouldnt leave so he wound up trading it in to buy a new car it was so bad.

That may have been comedy but it isnt when its real life and people dont want to buy others problems (well not unless its a screaming deal anyway) and scent is a strong motivator or deterrent

Oct 17, 2013 05:13 PM #5
Jared Garfield
Rich Life Real Estate Team - Buford, GA
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That is so true, I once tried to sell a house where the owner was convinced that it was ok that the fully grown dogs were paper trained and only went in the kitchen.  While the messes were cleaned up prior to showings, the smell was difficult to overcome.  We sold the home after replacing all the flooring, but odors will drive people from the house for sure!

Oct 18, 2013 12:02 AM #6
Jacqui Rostek
Sutton Group Professional Realty - Bedford, NS
Serving Bedford & Beyond!

This is a great reminder for sellers. As a non-pet owner I am always aware when I walk into a home where I can smell an animal. However, I am impressed when I cannot smell evidence of a pet in a home. 

Oct 18, 2013 12:04 AM #7
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Sandy-No question that odors can have an affect on the ability to sell a home. Seller's become oblivious to the smell but it can shock the system of anyone unfamiliar with the odor.

Oct 18, 2013 02:37 AM #8
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Got to love that face!  It is simple...if you can smell it, you can't sell it!

Oct 18, 2013 04:29 AM #9
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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You are right smelly odors do get in the way of selling a home I've had this with a couple of my listings.

Oct 18, 2013 05:54 AM #10
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

So true...the sensory adaptation that homeowners develop often keeps them from even knowing that there IS a problem.

Oct 18, 2013 10:12 PM #11
Kerry L Klun, Broker/Owner
Palm Realty - Melbourne, FL
Sandy, you are so "spot on" on this one it isn't even funny. Dirty kitty litter boxes are the worst!
Oct 19, 2013 03:56 AM #12
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Is that your dog? The photo is priceless! And your post is "spot on".

Oct 26, 2013 11:56 AM #13
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