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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What to do with pets when your house is on the market

I need to start this posting by disclosing that I am a dog owner. Sadie is a 9-year-old golden retriever mix I rescued when she was a year old. She’s laying at my feet as a write this. She’s a constant companion and always up for an adventure.

Some people are dog people, some are cat people, and some don’t like pets at all. One thing they all have in common is that they are potential buyers, and the presence of a pet in the home can turn off some buyers. I can’t count the number of times a cat has tried to run out the door when I’ve showed an occupied home, or that a crated dog has barked at me and my clients throughout a showing.

For pet owners, our pets are members of the family. For potential buyers, they’re a distraction and can make it difficult for them to envision themselves in your space. A dirty litter box or barking dog can mean the difference between a looker and a buyer.

A vacant, sparsely decorated home usually shows best, but that’s not always option. If sellers can’t move out of their home when it’s on the market, I encourage them to put most decorations and large pieces of furniture into storage. When pets are in the home, I recommend sellers send their pets to day care or make other arrangements during the day and set showing times accordingly.

Contact me today to find out what your home make be worth in today’s market. If you need a place for your pet while your home is listed, I’ll work to help you find an option that fits the needs of you and your pet.