Most people love dogs, cats, and other household animals – but like most things, there is a time and place for everything. Unfortunately, having pets when selling a home can cause major issues and affect your bottom line. If you are an animal lover, we know this can be a bitter pill to swallow, but read on…. Here is what to do with pets when selling a home.
WHY PETS NEED TO GO…
Whether your home is being held open or having a showing, below are just some reasons why pets need to be removed from your home during these times.
Fear & Nerves
It may seem hard to believe, but the fear of cats and dogs is the most common animal fear. While many people may not outright fear pets, they are not comfortable around them. We have seen clients refuse to go into homes that have pets. Of course, when selling, the goal is to get as many people through your door as possible to expand the field of interest.
Very often, we hear, “my cat is so nice” and “my dog doesn’t bark.” Well, we have had that “nice” cat attack potential buyers and draw blood and that “non-barking” dog get so territorial it barks, growls, and scares buyers and agents — so much they have to leave. You very well might have the most well-mannered pet(s), but you never know how they will react to strangers coming into your home (nor do you know how a stranger will treat your pet).
It’s Not THEIR Pet
Even people who have pets can be lukewarm about YOURS. Just because they love their own dog, does not mean they will love your pup.
WHAT TO DO WITH PETS WHEN SELLING A HOME
Here are some ways our clients have resolved the issue of pets:
- Leave them with family or friends while your home is on the market
- Board them for a specific amount of time
- Take them to work with you for the day (if this is an option).
- Hire a dog walker to remove them for showings
- Ask a close neighbor to take your pet during showings
- Completely move out of your home and take them with you