The Whats, Wheres, Whens, and Whys of Dogs in Real Estate

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The Whats, Wheres, Whens, and Whys of Dogs in Real Estate

You love your dog. Your agent loves your dog. Your buyers, well, not so much. Unfortunately, your loving lab might be the reason your home is still on the market. Read on for a few reasons why and what you can do to prevent a canine catastrophe.

What should I do with my dog when my home is being shown?

Ideally, your dog should be kept away from home while it's on the market. According to CBS News, that averages 49 days, which is a long time to be away from your pet. However, there are numerous boarding options that will give your animal all the comforts of home while you squeeze out every last dime from your property. At the very least, coordinate with your agent to only offer showings on certain days and times when you can be away.

Where is the best place to keep him if I can’t get him out of the house?

If it’s a last minute-showing and you don’t have time to make overnight arrangements, consider hiring a dog walker to take Tank out to the local dog park while you finish getting your home ready for showing. This is also a great idea on moving day to keep your dog (and your movers) safe. Establish a relationship with this person beforehand and let them know you may occasionally need them on short notice. When removing the dog is not an option, crate him in a quiet corner of the garage or outbuilding. Air conditioning is limited in these areas, so check the temperature. If it’s over 60 degrees, move his kennel inside – the garage can get 15 to 20 degrees warmer than outside. The laundry room or guest bathroom are the best options when keeping a pet inside is necessary. Don’t forget to equip your dog’s den with treats, water, and a few comfort items.

When should I take my dog to see my own new home?

The short answer: after closing. The current owner may have family members with pet dander allergies. Furthermore, your dog may cause damage to the property that can make it harder to sell. Always ask permission if you feel you must have your pet on site.

Why do dogs affect a home’s value?

While most Americans are pet owners, your dog is an unconscious signal that a home is in less-than pristine condition. Your nose probably can’t detect it, but your dog has left a very powerful calling card behind in the form of his unique scent. And since your dog likely spends plenty of time outdoors, he’s left a mark on your landscape as well. Holes, brown spots in the grass, and stray toys make your house look less appealing, and therefore less valuable, right from the beginning.

Pre-showing checklist

  • Clean the house from top to bottom. Pay careful attention to hair-hiding corners and dog food on the floor.
  • Open the windows to let fresh air in. Expect to let the breeze circulate for at least an hour, according to SFGate’s Home Guide.
  • Pay attention to places you don’t normally clean. Wipe down the inside of the cabinets, vacuum under the sofa, and run a wet washcloth over baseboards.
  • Remove safety hazards. Area rugs, dangling cords, and easily accessible cleaning products are a threat to your buyers, especially if they have children.
  • Pick up any toys your dog has left outside.
  • Mow the lawn. Don’t forget to pull weeds and fill any gaps in the mulch.
  • Make the beds.
  • Load and start the dishwasher with your dog’s hard toys and food bowls. This will reduce clutter, demonstrate the appliance works properly, and sanitize your pet’s favorite things.
  • Sweep and mop hard floors. Scrub grout seams at least once a week.
  • Follow Clean Mama’s 30-minute home cleaning routine if you’re in a pinch for time.
  • Once you’ve moved, find a dog-friendly patio and get to know the neighbors. Schedule your pet’s first appointment with his new groomer and veterinarian, and let him further explore his new surroundings.

Failure to take your dog into account can cost you thousands of dollars when it’s time to sell your home. Take the time to get Spot situated and clean up his messes. You’ll be glad you did and your buyers will thank you in the form of a larger offer.

Comments (4)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Well it is smart to have a talk ahead of time about pets

Oct 22, 2017 05:50 PM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

You got that right, William Feela 

Oct 22, 2017 06:07 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are good tips. I've brought buyers to homes where the dogs were caged in the garage and barking non-stop. Those were the fastest showings ever, and buyers have never made an offer on those houses. 

Oct 23, 2017 03:39 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Thanks, Kat Palmiotti, for your comment. As you can see from my picture, Beau is my Real Estate Assistant. Most of what I sell is land. Beau goes with me everyhere and he is most often in the car with me and my Clients. He sells more land than I do. Showing large, remote land parcels is entirely different from showing a home.Beau, my Real Estate Assistant

Oct 23, 2017 09:22 AM