Unless Your Dog Is Very Convincing Disguised As A Lamp, He Shouldn't Be At The Showing

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

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

 5 Tips For Selling A Home With Pets  




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

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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

I love the title Sharon Tara and the photo is just priceless. Excellent tips to all sellers.

Oct 14, 2018 11:42 AM #18
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I wonder how long that pup wore that lampshade or maybe it is your magic at work. Now Santa pup looks none too happy. The other thing with pets is some might be extra exuberant and jump on potential buyers. Even people with pets don't always appreciate that especially if they have good clothes on.  I have a kitty in a very small space but don't want to smell it. Cats urine is very strong. Well done.

Oct 14, 2018 12:39 PM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Carol Williams  Thank you! I almost didn't recognize you, now that you have turned around. LOL

Beth Atalay  Thank you! I give credit to Kimo Stowell for inspiring me with his contest this month!

Sharon Lee  It would be funny (or maybe cruel) to see how long a dog would sit that way. I really think Betty (Santa pic) would do it. However, this particular dog wearing a lampshade is my photo editing at play.


Oct 14, 2018 01:23 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Well done, Sharon and I too love the title. Even dog lovers could be distracted by a dog left out to roam the house when the house is being shown. 

Oct 14, 2018 01:36 PM #21
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy Streib  Thank you! I'm happy I was able to participate in Kimo's contest.  I don't have any pets so I had to get creative. LOL

Oct 14, 2018 07:35 PM #22
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Sharon Tara, poor, poor, pets. I would fear for any pet left in your charge as their fashion wardrobe would suffer horribly. Someone should call the Pet Fashion Society and report your depravity, thanks for your Pet Costume submission to the Haunted Post Parade 2018

Oct 14, 2018 08:41 PM #23
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I always explain to my clients that it is better not to bring their animals to showings because you never know what the reaction will be Sharon Tara 

Oct 14, 2018 11:33 PM #24
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Congratulations. Your post is Featured in the Bananatude Group.

Oct 15, 2018 05:37 AM #25
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharon, it is common to receive instructions - Don't let the cat out, dog can go onto the deck, don't shut the door into the basement for the cat.....list goes on and on.    Easier just to SHOW the property and not worry about the pets.

Oct 15, 2018 06:26 AM #26
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good advice, Sharon.  Even pet lovers find it annoying when pets that are not theirs disturb the showings.

Oct 15, 2018 06:33 AM #27
Joyce Marsh
Million Dollar Guild, Luxury, CLHMS, CNE, SRES

I love this post and love the photo of the dog with the lamp shade on his head.  Good advice with a dose of humor. Hope you have a wonderful day. 

Oct 15, 2018 07:48 AM #28
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Only when Mac had to wear a cone on his head (twice to date) does he resemble a lampshade. Haha. Point made too.  Bernie's sis and bro-in-law is coming for a visit and I've been vacumming and dusting - can't let my guests see dog hair.  The last time we listed a home, we moved out and had it professionally cleaned before showings. Pets can skunk up a sale. 

Oct 15, 2018 12:14 PM #29
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kimo Stowell  The santa costume was not my idea....my daughter-in-law's idea. Let's throw her under the bus. LOL

OK, so the lampshade idea was mine, but only for illustration purposes.

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,  You never do know and it can go very wrong. Best to keep the animals out of it.

Carol Williams  Thank you! Much appreciated!

Joan Cox  while checking out homes a few years ago, my agent and I went into a home that had instructions to cover the bird cage so the bird wouldn't suffer anxiety. How about not having the bird there in the first place????

Gabe Sanders  It's not good for anyone involved.

Oct 15, 2018 05:48 PM #30
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida  I like my blog, like life...with a dose of humor! Thank you!


Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  Oh those cones are awful...poor thing. Must be so uncomfortable! "Skunk" is the perfect choice of word!

Oct 15, 2018 05:48 PM #31
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

LOL loved the dog lamp photo! Very fun Sharon!!   And it's so true - no pets in house or yard while showings are going on - NONE!!!!

Oct 16, 2018 11:40 AM #32
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886  I'm glad you enjoyed it! I had fun making it! 

Oct 16, 2018 01:59 PM #33
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

My dog definitely doesn't like to wear costumes, apparently Santa Betty wasn't pleased, either.

The point is accurate though, about pets and showing your home while it's being marketed. Put away as many pet items as possible. Out of sight; hopefully out of mind.

Oct 16, 2018 03:24 PM #34
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty  It's important to deal with smells too...that can be a real problem.

Oct 16, 2018 03:59 PM #35
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Ahhh - you are 100% correct.  I hate the showings where they tell me there are two friendly dogs inside the home.  They are never friendly to strangers.  

Oct 19, 2018 08:42 AM #36
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Belinda Spillman  I've been to many home staging consults where I've had to watch my step approaching the front door due to the lack of poop scooping at the house. That's not good for first impression!

Oct 19, 2018 03:31 PM #37
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