Almost everybody loves pets except the home buyer who is buying your house. Don't ask me why, but that's often how it works out. Home sellers who adore their pets -- and I count myself as a huge pet lover with a 165 lb English Mastiff and a little black cat - have a hard time imagining the negative attitudes others harbour against pets. So, while this might be a bitter pill to swallow, if you want to get top dollar for your house, we need to pay attention to how much you might lose with a dog or cat in residence.
Why Don't Home Buyers Like Your Pet?
Nervousness. Pets make some people very uncomfortable. Not everybody grew up with a family pet.
Fear. Real and irrational. It's not only dogs that instill fear in people – I have known many who are terrified of cats.
Inexperience. Pets are not always predictable.
Your pets aren't their pets. They imagine yours bite, jump, vomit, claw, spit-up hairballs or are just plain hyper and bad.
Showing Your House
Allow showings only on certain days or a specific time period each day, when you are able to take pets out for a walk or car ride.
When a showing is booked and you are not able to remove Fido for an hour, I will come just prior to showing time and take him for a walk.
Put your pets into a carrier and attach a note warning buyers not to disturb them. The last thing you need is somebody sticking their hand inside the carrier and getting bit or scratched.
Preparing for showings
Stow pet beds, toys and food bowls in an unobtrusive location.
Pick up all dog refuse from the yard and be sure to dispose of where the smell will not be apparent to buyers.
Litter boxes and potty pads - keep them out of sight and impeccably clean. Nothing turns off buyers faster than opening the door to the laundry room and being greeted by a full or stinky cat box.