There can not possibly be another local Realtor that LOVES dogs as much as I do. Okay, I know a few other Realtors that love dogs. So let's just say, I am one of the most enthusiastic dog lovers in our industry locally! No one that knows me would argue that. Nor would they argue how serious I am when it comes to marketing listings and helping home owners get their home SOLD for top dollar! So believe me when I say, your dog should not be home when your house is shown. You should not be there, and neither should your pets in an ideal scenario.
Some people are not dog lovers. So let's face it, they probably don't want to see a dog in a house that they might like to buy. Others love dogs and are so distracted they can't think about your house, because they are so busy thinking about your dog. And even if they can possibly manage to not think about your dog and focus on your house, sometimes the dog won't let them. Even good dogs, distract good people, that could be good buyers for your home.
Here's a frank video I recorded some time ago that helps illustrate the point.
So what should you do with your dog during showings? That's something we can discuss in person as everyone has unique situations. And many homes are shown with pets inside and can sell just fine. Generally, if you want a faster sale & the best reward that the market will bring, you may want to go the extra mile and get a game plan in place for pets. Since you will be away for showings perhaps your beloved pooch can go for ride with you during the showing. Some pets stay with a neighbor or family during showings, and others get dropped off at a doggy daycare service.
It's not just dogs. Cats and every other pet from hamsters to lizards cause big distractions. If you have a snake, spider, or something else that might cause someone to scream or wrinkle their nose, just remember that's not the reaction you're going for when it comes to putting money in your pocket! Do what you can to have them out of the house while your home is on the market, or at least consider removing them during those precious buyer appointments.
Most sellers don't go to this extra trouble and it can hurt their chances of reeling in an offer, or mean a lower price. If your home is priced & staged to sell, you may want to consider what you can do to make sure your Buyer prospects are not distracted or "put off" by pets left behind during showings or Open Houses.
Think about special pet arrangements as being part of setting the stage for great showings. It's not that you are trying to hide the fact that you have a pet, you are just accomodating the Buyer with additional peace and comfort during their scheduled showing so they can imagine themselves making a home there.
Talk to Ambrose Team about what solutions we may have to help you in certain situations. We've helped hundreds of people sell their homes successfully. We've experienced about every situation there is with people and pets while getting Wichita homes SOLD. We'd love to meet you and your furry family members! We are here to help!