Georgia Real Estate - the Love/Hate/Love Pet Issue

Real Estate Agent with BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties 157561
Pets and Alpharetta, GA real estate have a love/hate/love relationship - a strong one.  For prospective Alpharetta, GA buyers and renters who own pets, a home’s suitability can be a make-or-break element in their decision.  But how the home sellers handle their own pet wrangling is another matter entirely.
The statistics give us a glimpse into just how consequential the issue has become.  The majority (61%) of American households either have or plan to have a pet in the future - and of those who answered a real estate survey this year, 81% said it would influence their choice of residence.  If you know many dog or cat owners (or are one yourself), that comes as no surprise. Ninety-nine percent consider their animals to be part of the family.
For Alpharetta, GA homeowners who are contemplating selling, there is a seemingly contradictory takeaway when it comes to all of this.  There’s little doubt that if they have successfully created a safe and comfortable home for their own pet, it should be a plus for the 61% cited above.  After all, it’s living proof that their own dog or cat will be right at home with minimal fuss, right?
Yes and no. As someone whose full-time routine includes showing and selling Alpharetta, GA real estate, I never hesitate to point out the pet-friendly features of a property - especially when the prospective buyers have indicated that it’s on their own wish list.  It’s a hallmark of 21st century Americans that whenever the subject of dogs or cats comes up, the ensuing conversation will quickly turn to the personality quirks of the current menagerie (if it doesn’t, those folks are petless).
Sooooo, you might assume that if a homeowner’s Alpharetta, GA real estate encompasses comfortable quarters for their own cat or dog, it would be a plus to have said creatures on display as part of a showing. But just about every Realtor® on the face of the planet will agree: not so!
The near universal recommendation is to not only to send the family animals off for a temporary field trip anywhere else, but to put some effort into erasing the evidence of their recent presence—most particularly, odors!  Lose the dog beds! Pack the kitty beds off somewhere in the garage!  Pick up the dog toys!  Stash the water dishes!
The fact is, the idea that dogs and cats can be comfortably housed on a property is a plus -but the actual dogs and cats themselves are a minus.  Too distracting.  Too personal.  A major goal in showing a home is to enable the potential buyers to project their own personalities onto the property: to see themselves living there.  A strange dog or kitty roaming around inhibits that (and no showing agent ever wants to see the dreaded “don’t let the cat out” message in the MLS listing!) And there is another reason: people can be counted on to respond to the pet (especially dogs) one way or another—it’s quite likely to become the most powerful memory of the whole outing!


Here are 2 articles that might provide more information:
Don’t let Your Pets take a Bite out of your Home Sale
Preparing to Sell - Removing Odors
The pet dimension is another of the multi-faceted pieces that go into the buying or selling of Alpharetta, GA real estate—and I’d love to tackle them all on your behalf.  JUST CALL!



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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

As a pet lover and animal activist, you know where I stand LOL!

Jun 16, 2017 05:27 AM #1
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Great post! Although the majority love animals, they typically love their own animals and not necessarily someone else's. Erase the evidence of pets just like you would your porcelain duck collection.

Jun 16, 2017 06:37 AM #2
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I hope home owners will read this post and learn from it. Thank you for sharing 

Jun 16, 2017 06:40 AM #3
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