Home Staging Tips-Is Your Home in the Doghouse?

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Home Staging Tips-Is Your Home in the Doghouse?


Most of us are dog and cat lovers, but you won’t know if your buyers dog in bathtubare. They could also have pet allergies or someone who is afraid of them. If they have very young children, the dogs or cats could become an unwanted distraction.



When you’re preparing your home for sale, don’t overlook those other residents of your household...your pets!



Follow these 6 tips when you are preparing your home for sale.


1.Borrow a good sniffer!

We all become immune to the scents of our home and you may not realize that your home has Eau de Fifi for a scent.

Ask your agent, neighbor, good friend or relative to be brutally honest with you about any odors your home may have.


2.Wash pet toys, beds, cages, etc often!

One of the best odor eliminators is that old stand-by vinegar.


3.Replace worn or stained carpets or rugs.

There are some odors that just won’t leave, no matter what you do. If this is the case you will need to replace them. And, even if there is no odor, but a stain, that will need to be removed as well.


4.Replace or repair other damages by Lucky.

Our dog was known to walk right through the screens on our patio. If your furry friend has done this, as well as gnawed on furniture and door frames, this is an item you will need to repair.


5.Get ALL of the odor out!

Upholstered chairs, window coverings, throw rugs...all trap odors. These all need to be thoroughly cleaned. And if you have carpeting, have it deodorized as well as cleaned.


staging your home with pets6.Give Lucky baths...and often.

Bathe them often!




And when your home is being shown…



*Make sure you and your pets are not there.

You can do it! I picked up my 45 pound blind dog and put her in our SUV every time our home was being shown.

If you cannot be home, arrange for a dog walker or sitter to take your dog for a walk.


*Remove dog dishes, bowls, toys, kennels, and beds.

This can be distracting to buyers who will immediately focus on the “what if’s” and not the positives of your home.


*Vacuum before the showing


*Do not light candles and leave them burning for the showing.

This is not only dangerous but it can be as off-putting as Eau de Fifi!  And, buyers are wise to this. No one is being fooled.


Finally…Make sure that your MLS photos are free of your pets.

You won’t want someone passing on your home before they’ve had a chance to see it.


Make the most of each showing by removing other pets...all pets (except goldfish!) One home I consulted on had their pet iguana in a cage in the family room; another had their pet turtle in a dish on the kitchen counter.


You’ve worked hard for the investment you have in your home. Don’t miss even one opportunity to show it in its best light.  



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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Kathy --- everybody needs that good friend who will tell you the truth --- regarding pet odors and other things too.   Good advice.  

Jun 07, 2017 06:05 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great title.  I love having a friend who is a sniffer.  We change Quincy's litter daily.  His box is in the garage!  A

Jun 07, 2017 06:28 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are great tips, as it is rarely appealing to buyers to walk into a home and the first thing they smell is pet odor.

Jun 07, 2017 06:39 AM #11
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I once attended a broker's open at one of the most expensive homes in our area - and the first thing that hit me was the horrible smell.

I'm a dog person, so a bit of doggie smell doesn't bother me, but this was something else - strong and terrible.

It turned out to be a room full of iguanas in cages.

A few years later my son had tenants in his duplex who had one of those critters. They had a big wire cage set against the kitchen wall - and when they left, he had to replace the sheetrock to get rid of the smell.

Jun 07, 2017 07:14 AM #12
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

One of the worst situations I have (during showings) is for dogs to be caged...and they just bark and scream the entire time we walk through the home. Terrible.

Jun 07, 2017 08:20 AM #13
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Kathy this is such important advice for home sellers!  I can think of 2 worst case scenarious that where total turn offs to my buyers. 1 We walked in the door and it was absolutely overpowering smell of cat urine. Really? We walked right back out. 2 Gorgeous well kept home BUT there was a filled to the brim cat box in the luxury master suite tub that stunk to high heavens. Really? No thanks.

Jun 07, 2017 10:56 AM #14
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Not everyone enjoys pets like we do.  It is important to remove the scents and sights of our fur babies for showings.

Jun 07, 2017 11:32 AM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So you know the famous line "I see dead people" right? Every time I see signs of pets in mls pics I think to myself  "I smell animals" and it's not a good thing.

Great tips for pet owners, Kathy! Seller should follow each tip you have listed.

Jun 07, 2017 12:06 PM #16
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - That's very good advice, all of which we recently followed carefully while our home was being shown. And Mary made me move Quentin, my pet tarantula, to the office : )

Jun 07, 2017 01:24 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

You're right Gabe Sanders Amazing, isn't it?

Marco Giancola we were talking with someone at the beach today about no shed dogs. 



Jun 07, 2017 01:36 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

OMG Donald Urschalitz That is hilarious. 

Joe Pryor you're right...buyers are on to the cookies just out of the oven trick. 

Thank you Scott Godzyk I hope it helps your sellers. 

Jun 07, 2017 01:56 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie Dillard we were looking at a home once and almost stepped in a piddle pad that was in the laundry room!

Doug Dawes Hi and I hope that your sellers will find it useful.

Exactly Michael Jacobs unless they don't want you to sell your home! LOL


Jun 07, 2017 02:10 PM #20
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I've shared this pretty much everywhere I can, Kathy Streib ... absolutely loved this post!  I'm sure it will help many immensely ...


Jun 07, 2017 02:20 PM #21
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

This post reminds me of that commercial, Have you gone Nose Blind??

This is clearly and simply written - a great guide for pet owners selling their homes!  Fabulous!

Jun 07, 2017 02:55 PM #22
Zurple Marketing Team
Zurple - San Diego, CA
Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents

This post was too cute Kathy Streib thank you for sharing  It brightened our day.
-Zurple Marketing Team

Jun 07, 2017 03:14 PM #23
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Interesting get the home pet ready to sell the home . . . . Good tip.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 07, 2017 04:55 PM #24
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

You mean you never took a whiff of a smelly fish tank :) ?

Jun 08, 2017 12:14 AM #25
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Kathy.  It has been awhile since I've seen a post about this issue. We have all been there seen and smelled that.

Jun 08, 2017 02:04 AM #26
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy we are not selling but Diane is obsessive about all your six points:)) drives me crazy:))Endre

Jun 08, 2017 10:44 PM #27
LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
SW Florida Homes

These are good bow wow tips  Kathy. Its amazing what vinegar can do. Smelling Eau the Fify is a major distration.

Jun 09, 2017 04:29 AM #28
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