Pets and Selling Your Real Estate

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PetsPets are important family members too but with pets as with children comes the extra maintenance and care required to keep living spaces clean and odor free.

If you are wondering why your lovely home has been on  the market for longer than expected consider that Fido and Kitty may be costing you more money than just food and visits to the vet.

One of the biggest turn offs for buyers touring homes are off putting smells.  Wet dog and cat urine smells are many times not noticeable to those living in a space for a long time but is one of the first things that hits a prospective buyer when they cross your threshold. No amount of home staging, pretty furnishing and dining tables set to perfection will cover the fact that carpets or flooring may possibly need to replaced.

Furniture and bedding retain pet odors and dander. Walls accumulate dander as they do dust. If you have pets and are preparing you home for sale the most important thing for you to do is create a cleaning plan of action during your listing process. You must especially target areas where your cuddly critters spend the most time.

1. Keep your pets properly groomed more so than the norm during this time period. Give your little buddy a good regular brushing while watching TV, he'll probably love it!

2. Before you even list, deep clean. This means flooring, upholstery and bedding.

3. Vacuum religiously and I mean daily; especially in your pet's favorite lounging spots both flooring and furnishings.

4. Cat boxes should always remain out of doors and out of site during showings if at all possible. Ideally they should be kept outdoors during the entire listing process.

5. Consider boarding your pets or leaving them with a family or friend during the sales process or during showings. It's a temporary inconvenience but some buyers will totally bypass a home if pets are on the premises. They may fear animals or have allergies. You could be limiting your pool of buyers even in a strong market.

There are a variety of home remedies and cleaners available to combat pet odors but the odors may come back. In severe cases, pet odors and stains may have soaked through to the sub floors requiring total replacement of flooring. As a seller, this is the last thing you want a prospective buyer contemplating as they tour your spaces. Consult with a professional flooring cleaner to explore options available that remove stubborn odors or stains.

If you are a Realtor that just can't seem to convince your client to tackle the issue, call in a professional Home Stager. Hearing this advice from a third party will more often than not at least make them aware of the issue so that when he or she has been wondering why you have not sold their listing yet, you have an answer at the ready:)


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


Thanks for sharing this great advice for sellers with pets. They are a huge part of peoples lives but when selling a home we definitely need to address pet issues.

Jun 25, 2014 04:51 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ana- we love our pets but when we're selling our house, we have to be aware of how their presence could affect our buyers .

Jun 25, 2014 05:58 AM #2
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Ana - You are right, pets are part of a family when selling a house. Thank you for the very good blog.

Jun 25, 2014 07:07 AM #3
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Ana... No matter how much we love our fur babies when selling a home it's always best to have them stay with a family member or friend.  So many are allergic to them and so are down right scared to death of them.

Debbie ~

Jun 25, 2014 07:38 AM #4
Sarah, John Rummage
Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 - Nashville, TN
Love Being Realtors® in the Nashville TN Area!

It's really hard to get rid of the signs of a pet. Yesterday I showed a family a nice home and even though the house was partially empty, there was cat hair on the few pictures still on the walls, cat hair hanging from the bottom of one of the stuffed chairs, and cat hair on the carpet on the stairs. It is really hard to get rid of the signs of a pet when showing a house, but very necessary. This house has been on the market for three months, and been reduced three times.  This family love dogs, but don't have one now.  But their love for dogs, didn't endear them to the pet hair in the house. :)

Sarah in Nashville

Jun 25, 2014 11:17 AM #5
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Trisha, you are welcome and so right about needing to address the issue, especially before listing. Thanks for commenting

Hi Kathy, as a great stager you certainly have had to address this issue with many clients in the past, hopefully they listened to you!

John, you are welcome and thanks for reading and commenting:)

Hi Debbie, you are right, I know too that buyers many times have kids in tow and many small children are so frightened of animals. I know they are family but sometimes it's best to keep family under wraps lol

Hi Sarah, this blog was prompted by a visit to a home this week much like you have described. It was pretty bad and the house has been on the market for over 250 days and on its second listing agent. The smell slaps you in the face as soon as you walk in the door. So much time has been wasted. Thanks for commenting.l


Jun 25, 2014 12:35 PM #6
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Ana, I have several clients who have specifically requested that I not show them homes that are occupied by pets; cats, dogs and birds!  Parrots create a lot of dust.

Jul 07, 2014 07:35 AM #7
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Nick, birds are really messy and I know they can really scare little ones too. When in doubt move em out!

Jul 11, 2014 02:09 PM #8
Kathleen Vetrano
RE/MAX Gateway - Falls Church, VA
Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams

Ana, you are so on point here.  Other areas that people need to consider are their closets.  We all have our own odors as well.  A good reason to pack up as much as you can to remove as much home odor as possible.  The reality is, they are often competing with new homes where it is a non issue all togehter.

Jul 25, 2014 08:12 AM #9
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Ana,

You made some very good points here. It is hard to remove all signs of pets but we do the best. With the carpets cleaned and the house thoroughly cleaned and dusted, it is usually ready for showings. Some clients just take their pets in the car while the house is being shown. The important thing is for the home to spell nice.

Sep 02, 2014 04:19 AM #10
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Thanks for commenting Kathleen and Kristen. It's always a touchy subject during consultations but it has to be addressed and knowing that the best scenario is not always possible but at least suggested is sometimes all we can do.

Sep 04, 2014 04:06 AM #11
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