Love My Pets, But Want To Sell My Home

Real Estate Agent with Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 TN 221117, 299512


Pets can be an irritation (for buyers who don’t have pets), or just a distraction (for buyers who love pets). 


Recently our buyers did a home inspection and we were told that the sellers' family dog would be there and to not let her out. 


I got to the house before the buyers and looked all around for the pup. She was nowhere to be seen. There was no barking either when we entered the house. I thought for sure that the sellers had taken her with them at the last minute.  


The inspector arrived and did a lot of preliminary looking around and collecting of basic information, and he still did not see or hear her.


Finally, he came to me and said he had found her. She was behind one of the adult beds in her own little bed, not making a sound. She was a very extraordinary pet. I have never seen a quieter one!


We have had the following, slightly different, experiences with well-loved pets in a home 'for sale:'


  • One barked continually the whole time the inspector was there (at least 2 hours—nothing would comfort the pup).
  • Two very ‘protective' dogs had to be contained in an outside building, and this was super inconvenient for the seller to leave work to make sure they were contained.
  • One feral cat was taken in by a seller. Cat did not want to be inside and sprayed everywhere. Appraiser stipulated that flooring had to be replaced before closing because the smell was so bad, even after cleaning. It was a ‘quality of life’ issue. 


Just like adjusting other things in day to day living in order to sell, pets’ well-being is another important thing to consider. 


You can click here for more tips from on selling while living with pets. 



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Sarah & John Rummage, Realtors®
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Sharon Kolb
Atlanta Decatur Homes - Atlanta, GA
Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes

Sarah and John -  pet smells have offended some of my buyers but barking dogs are offensive when you are showing a house as well.  Nice post!

Jan 21, 2017 10:42 AM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Pets,  especially dogs, can be such a nuisance, especially those that are barking all the time. It's difficult as a seller when you have a pet but you need to consider the impact on those who may not be enamored with Fido. And I don't like the responsibility of being sure the dog, or cat, does not escape. And having the big dog in the yard so buyers cannot explore it is an annoyance for buyers.


Jan 21, 2017 10:53 AM #2
Sarah, John Rummage
Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 - Nashville, TN
Love Being Realtors® in the Nashville TN Area!

Sharon, yes, pet smells are hard to alleviate at times. One of our buyers noticed terrible smells AFTER they moved in. I guess the sellers had some kind of great temporary cleanup while the house was on the market. 

Jeff, yes, yes, and yes! The detached building where one sellers' dogs were placed temporarily was a great selling point, but couldn't be seen with the dogs in there. 

Jan 21, 2017 11:12 AM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

While I love all pets - I have both a cat and dogs - I do agree that they can be an issue while trying to buy and sell. This should ALWAYS be noted on showing instructions. 

Jan 21, 2017 11:43 AM #4
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Having pets on site when a home is being shown can be a big hindrance. I really appreciate knowing in advance that pets will be left on the premises.  Then the buyers who are allergic to pets can decide how they want to proceed.

Jan 21, 2017 02:56 PM #5
Sarah, John Rummage
Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 - Nashville, TN
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Debe and Diana, so true about the need to have pet info on showing instructions. I, too, have had pets in the past and am glad I didn't have my home for sale at the time. They would not have been cooperative. 

I guess my most dreaded showing instruction is for the alarm system, and the next dreaded is 'don't let the cat out.' :)

Jan 21, 2017 03:26 PM #6
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