What to do about pets and their stuff when showing your home

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What to do with pets when selling your homePets are treasured members of the family, but they can be a problem when you are ready to list your home for sale.

There are many potential buyers who just do not like pets, are afraid of them, or are allergic to them. Those people do not want to see any sign of a pet in the home they are considering purchasing.

If you have pets, and want to sell your home, there are some guidelines you should follow.

First, you need to remove your pets for showings. Put Fido in the car and take him to the dog park. Don’t just leave him in a crate in the utility room. Put the cats in a pet carrier and take them to the neighbor’s house for an hour or two while there are buyers in your house. Potential buyers should not have to worry about accidentally letting your cat or dog out, or worry about being scratched, bitten or jumped on by your dog or cat.

And second, you will need to get rid of all of the pet evidence before a showing.

Remove pet beds, pet bowls, litter boxes, pet crates and pet toys for all showings. You can get a large garbage bag to put the litter box in, and take it to the garage. Tuck it in a corner, out of sight and out of mind.

You will also need to get rid of pet odors for showings. If you have pet blankets or bedding that smells like Fido, wash everything and tuck it away prior to showings. If you don’t have time to wash it all, put it in a large garbage bag and put the garbage bag in the garage.

And another very important thing to do is to clean the yard of all pet evidence prior to showings. Potential home buyers will walk all around the house to check brickwork, siding, the roof and a number of things that are on the exterior of the home. The last thing you want to happen is for a buyer to step in poop while looking at the exterior. Clean it up!

Exotic pets need to be removed from a house for showings also. I once showed a house that had a large aquarium housing a huge snake. My clients took one look at the snake, and ran out the front door saying they were not going back in.

All pet owners love their furry friends, but when selling your home, they can present problems. So make plans in advance for your pets for those times when potential buyers are looking at your home.


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Rose. This is right on point. When I sold my last home home I had three dogs and it was difficult but you wouldn't have seen a trace of them when the house was shown.

Sep 08, 2018 05:17 AM #1
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Rose King this would be a great blog to print and take to a listing appointment. Our sellers don't understand that many buyers are allergic or just don't like dog's or cat's. You outlined many great ideas a homeowner should consider when having a showing.

Sep 23, 2018 04:16 AM #2
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Such great advise Rose! You ought to write a book!

Sep 23, 2018 09:17 PM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You got it Rose. One of our recent sellers couldn't understand why we didn't want her large cat tree left in the Great Room. Mrs. Seller asked "What's wrong with cats?" We had to explain, not everybody likes pets in a home -why narrow the field? 

Sep 28, 2018 07:03 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is outstanding advice to share with home sellers.

Have a most productive month.

Oct 10, 2018 03:05 PM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Rose King,

I'm so glad that Roy Kelley re-blogged your post. How did I miss this one? You are right on point..very excellent advise..all great things to share with sellers!

Oct 10, 2018 06:43 PM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Rose King,  Good points,  I had one guy that started to have a hard time breathing because of cats in the house.


Oct 10, 2018 07:17 PM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Fido and Ms Kitty are certainly not always or ever welcome on home tours.

Oct 11, 2018 01:50 AM #8
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Hi Rose King, I ended up here from Roy Kelley's reblog. Great post. As a pet lover and owner who has sold homes before these are great things to consider. One time I showed a home that had a dead mouse in the dog's water bowl. That was fun! lol. -Kasey  

Oct 11, 2018 08:58 AM #9
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Rose, This is such an important topic for potential sellers to understand before they list their house.  Lingering pet smells will often put some buyers off. Especially buyers with allergies to pets.  

Cute kitty.

Oct 12, 2018 09:21 AM #10
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Rose, I agree 100 with this excellent post on what do to with pets doing a showing. 

Oct 19, 2018 08:10 PM #11
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