Selling a house when you have pets is no easy task.
Much like children, pets make the chore of maintaining a "show ready" appearance all the more challenging.
Once you have your house prepared and ready to show, it's important that your pets don't distract from the postive features you have worked so hard to present to potential buyers.
Whenever possible pets shouldn't be left in your home during showings.
Unless your dog is very convincing disguised as a lamp...
it's best if he's not present.
It's not fair to potential buyers who may have allergies or a fear and/or dislike of dogs.
It's not fair to your listing agent who has to keep your pet safe and out of contact with buyers.
It's not fair to your pet to suffer the anxiety of strangers in their space.
The absence of pets from photos and showings is just the beginning. Any items in your house that suggest the presence of pets should also be relocated.
Even buyers who are animal lovers can have a negative reaction when they realize pets live in the home. Sure, their pets are perfect, but yours probably scratched the floors and had accidents on the carpet.
As a Home Stager I stress to my sellers the importance of eliminating as much evidence of their pets as possible for all showings and for marketing photos.
Whether it's litter boxes, scratching posts, large pillow beds, crates, huge bags of pet food, or large baskets of chew toys...it's best if it's removed from sight.
None of this stuff is visually pleasing, and most of it probably smells. Removing pet items will improve both the appearance and the air quality of your house.
You can't hide the fact you have pets...legally, you may even have to disclose it. However, this doesn't mean you have to advertise the fact that pets live in your house.
For more on the subject:
Here's a great post by Amanda S. Davidson:
Santa Betty doesn't like showings, and she wants you to know that she would be much happier going for a ride in the car with you, or on a doggie play date, or visiting Grandma.
Oh, and about the Santa costume....
she really isn't loving it.
Written as entry for: The Haunted Masquerade And Costume Ball 2018