Put that Dog/Cat in the Shot

Services for Real Estate Pros with Evers & Co.

I have always gotten great feedback when I do a shoot and the owners pets are in the shot. It comes from two sides. First the owner loves seeing their most favorite animal having its picture take and then for the world to see them on the fact sheets and web. The situation reinforces your relationship with the owner by showing affection to a member of their family. This all falls into keeping the seller happy.

Then the other side, are the potential buyers. 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog and 34 % of U.S. households own at least one cat.*  Then consider the people that love animals but due to allergies or rental restrictions cannot have one, or people that just like to see cute, fluffy, small creatures and you end up with a lot of animal lovers in our country. 

When you shoot, take a number of shots, animals like to move around a lot. Then pick the best one.

Animals add life, happiness and a softness that an empty room cannot provide, showing that a wonderful life was being had in this home and you (the buyer) can have the same.

Just make sure the animals are seen and not smelt.

* www.hsus.org, The Humane Society's web siteAnimals in pics

animals in pics

Comments (4)

Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

From working with our buyers we would say no pics of any pets in any photos!

Since most buyers will first start with the photos of the home on the internet the sellers home home may get passed by for viewing due specifically to the pets. If they chose not to see it the sellers have lost a potential buyer.

In the back of their mind buyers worry about smells/odor, urine on floors, scratches, rips/tears, allergies, cat spray, fleas, torn up yards etc.

Save the pet photos for family and friends or holiday cards but if you want to sell your home please do not put them in the listing photos.

Jun 16, 2008 02:51 AM
Terry Lynch
LAR Notary and Closing Services - Saint Clair Shores, MI

I agree with Patty and Scott,

While it's true a lot of people love their pets they don't want to deal with "issues" from other peoples pets.

Jun 16, 2008 03:07 AM
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY

I have a strict rule that if it has eyes, its got to go. :)

Jun 17, 2008 09:04 AM
No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging
Hickory, NC

Piers, Your photography is wonderful and for personal shots - the cat or dog might be great but I would say for real estate or staging photos - NO Pets !! Like the others have said - it's all about perception - all buyers may NOT love dogs the way that I do... God bless,

Jun 17, 2008 11:03 AM