Listing Your Home with Pets


Frannie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

We love our pets, but not everyone does, and when it comes to putting your house on the market, you should not know that they were there.

Give some thought and consideration to the pet issue when you are in the planning stages of listing your home, says Vickie Scofield, principal broker at Lakeside Real Estate Group on Tellico Lake in East Tennessee. “Pets can affect whether or not you get top dollar for your property.”

Simple steps can be taken to help the home owner and the pet prepare for listing a home.

Deep cleaning your home is a must when you have a pet. Removing as much dander and hair as possible will help eliminate signs that a pet was in the home. Any physical damage, from stained carpets and wood flooring to woodwork with teeth marks, should be replaced.

Buyers want to imagine themselves living in the home so you don’t want your lifestyle with pets to intrude into that process. Think about boarding your dog or cat with a family member while your home is on the market.

If you can’t board Fido, have a friend come over and give the home a smell test. You have grown accustomed to your furry family member and may not notice a doggy smell when others can. Regularly bathe your pets when your house is on the market and keep bedding and toys washed and clean to help keep your home odorless.

Always discuss your pet with your real estate agent so they can provide prior notice of a showing. It is best not to leave the safety of your pet to a real estate agent, they will be focused on their client and not the sweet dog or kitty left at home.

Selling a home with pets is doable, just be aware that you are really going to have to spend a lot of time and extra effort to minimize their impact on a buyer.


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