Can Your Pets Lose You A Buyer?

Mortgage and Lending with Liberty Bank of Arkansas

Lets talk about pets and selling your home. If you love animals then you may be a pet owner. But can these furry little family members cost you a sale? You need to consider these issues regarding your pets and selling your home.

1.)  Buyers may be frightened by your pets - A barking dog may back a buyer and/or realtor out of your home.

2.)  Buyers may be allergic to pets - Many people are allergic to pet dander and may not be able to tour your home.

3.)  Consider pet odor - When we live with pets we may not be able to smell odors that a buyer may smell. Odor can lose a sale very quickly.

4.)  Pets may be distracting to buyers - If your buyer is a pet lover, they may become distracted from your home, and only remember the cute little dog and not your home.

5.) Have pets damaged your home or furnishings - Pet damage may indicate to buyers that a home is not "well maintained".

So how can sellers address these issues?

1.)  If possible remove all pets.  Make arrangements for your pets to stay with friends or family.  If this is not possible then you at least want your pets to be absent during an open house and showings.

2.)  Clear all traces of your pets when possible.  Move toys, beds, and feeding dishes to a garage or outdoor area. 

3.)  Clean, clean and clean some more, have carpets and furniture professionally cleaned and deodorized.

4.)  Repair any damage your pets may have caused to your home and replace or remove damaged furnishings.

Each family will need to consider what will work best for them and thier pets, but these issues are important to address when preparing your home to sell.  Our pets are important to us, but  don't let them cost you a buyer!

Remember this will be a temporary situation for you and your pets, you will soon be preparing a new home for everyone to enjoy.


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Donna Schoby

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Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
Boomers and beyond

great tips.     you hit the nail on the head with number 3 (pet odor).  It's the same with cigarette odor....the smokers that live there can't even smell it.  

Jun 03, 2008 03:38 PM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Donna - these are all great tips for sellers to think about. Having pets is a challenge as a seller (been there, done that), and it's difficult for agents, adn for buyers. The other issue I have run into are the neighbors' pets, which is even harder to contend with. How to you compete with the neighbors' loud barking dogs?


Jun 03, 2008 03:44 PM #2
Patti A. Puckett
Broker Associate/Realtor/ISA with Nouveau Riche - Belvidere, IL

It never ceases to amaze, surprise and sometimes repulse me; the condition of homes with pets. I myself, have 3 little dogs and a cat (ALL RESCUES) and I tell you what; you could NEVEREVER EVER determine that I have even ONE pet in my home. I was just showing a home a few weeks ago; and the home was in OKAY condition; not great; certainly not the worst. What do I find as we (my client and I) turn the corner in the finished basement?

UN HUH...a pile of FRESH doggie doo doo; thank goodness my client and I have a close relationship (as with most of my clients) and we just covered our noses, made some silly faces; mumbled a few: CAN YOU BELIEVE THATS? and LEFT!

Some issues are just so darn critical to the FIRST IMPRESSION on a showing.......PUT the toilet lid down...............clean the dirty dishes in the sink..............empty the ashtrays and make half an effort to spray air freshener............and for Gods Sake..........check for DOG POOP before you leave?

Hope you day was well, Donna

Jun 03, 2008 05:19 PM #3
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Kara - Odor is odor and always needs to be addressed. This is one reason it is so important to have an objective party invloved.

Jeff - As a home stager I feel it is part of my job to address issues with the neighbors, be it barking dogs or unkept lawns. Of course I would do this in a tactful manner.  I like to point out how the sell of his neighbors property will effect the VALUE of HIS property. This will not always work, but when you start talking money out of their pocket they tend to listen a little closer.

Patti - My new AR friend, how are you today? First I would like to thank you for being my very first subscriber! You made me feel special! 

 I'm sure many agents and stagers would have stories like yours.  I tried to tour a rental once that I was looking at purchasing but I could not make it all the way into the house because of the cat odor. I don't know how many cats lived there, and I don't know if it ever sold or if they bulldozed it down.

Thanks to all for stopping by.

Have a great day!

Jun 04, 2008 02:04 PM #4
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Pets do create a problem with selling a house.  Wish the owners realized this.

Jun 10, 2008 01:30 PM #5
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR


Homeowners consider pets as family members, I think that's why they don't realize the problem sometimes.

Jun 10, 2008 01:43 PM #6
Dawn Strait

I have a client who wants me to list his home while the renters are still living on the property but after talking with them and a walk through the home we have agreed to wait until all snakes, mice(snake food) & cats, "have left the building".  All he needed was spiders added to the mix to turn off all buyers. I just don't think anyone could look past these "PETS".

Jun 10, 2008 03:23 PM #7
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

OMB Dawn, I hate snakes! I would have not been able to go into that house. But I'm sure the renter loves his snakes.  Thanks for stopping by.

Jun 10, 2008 03:43 PM #8
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Yup they can.  I know that people have kids or themselves afraid of pets, or they are really distracted when they are in the house to the point of discomfort and/or wanting to leave early.  The worst is when the pets are locked up in a room, it's like that room is invisible because buyers don't remember it.  I like pets, actually they generally like me, but it's a problem when selling a home, from a Realtor's point of view.

Jun 10, 2008 03:50 PM #9
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