Selling Your Home and Protecting Your Pets in The Process!

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Selling Your Home and Protecting Your Pets in The Process!

Are you in the process of selling your home or considering selling your home?  Do you have pets?  There are many ways you can make the process easier for everyone, including your four legged family members.

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One thing to remember when placing your home on the market is that the easier it is to show, the easier it is to sell.  When my husband and I sold our home in Florida, we had a 3 week old baby, five cats and a large dog.  We sold the home in 2005 (when the market was booming), which means it was being shown on average 2-5 times per day.  While it was a real pain in the bum sometimes to clear everyone out, we made it possible.  Buyers are more likely to look at a property if the seller is not hovering around. 

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When showings were scheduled (sometimes just minutes prior to the showing), we would put the dog on a leash, the baby in the BabyBjorn, and each cat in a kennel...then we took a stroll around the neighborhood.  We left blankies and water in each kennel and placed them in the laundry room so they were always available for quick access.  We then closed the door, left photos and manuals for the washer/dryer just outside the door, and it worked really well.  Most people didn't even open the laundry room door, except the buyers that were really interested in the property.  And our kitties were not stressed out by having strangers around them.

By placing the cats in the kennels and taking the dog for a walk during showings, we never had to worry about them sneaking out the front door.  Most Real Estate agents are very careful about pets, but some pets (mine included) can be very quick & sneaky.


With cats, ALWAYS keep the litter boxes clean.  If you aren't already (and you should be) scooping them twice a day, start as soon as you place the home on the market.  If a potential buyer walks in to a stinky house, they may not even consider looking past the front door. If your dog is barking at growling at potential buyers, they will probably run back to their car as fast as possible...and may not ever look back.


If you are not present when a showing is scheduled, make sure that your agent is aware of all pets and any special instructions.  When we couldn't be present for showings while trying to sell our home, we would leave our cats in the Laundry Room and lock the door.  If a buyer was serious about the property, we could always schedule a second showing if necessary and make sure that our pets were locked up and safe.  Cats especially don't handle change or stress very well, and these precautions made life much easier for them as well as us and the real estate Agents showing the property.


If you are thinking of selling your property on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, give me a call...even if you don't have pets!




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Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue

I am pretty level headed when it comes with handling pets, however my buyers are new and foreign to walking into a strangers home.  Sellers need to make it as easy as possible.  Great post and I love the photo of the cats on the chairs starring up LOL

December 28, 2009 08:54 PM
Debe Maxwell
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods | Savvy + Company Real Estate

Hi Amy!  I agree with Dan--I'm okay with it but, my buyers, who already feel a bit uncomfortable trapsing through strangers' homes, may not be.  Make it easy for them, please!

December 29, 2009 12:14 AM
Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors

Hi Amy,

Great advice for what to do with pets while showings occur. There are many buyers afraid or allergic to pets. We have many multi-cultural buyers and they are not use to pets and find the hair shed and odors very offensive.

December 29, 2009 06:10 AM
Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty

Hi Amy, You had a good system for protecting your pets and making it the best showing for the buyers.  I always feel bad when I see the sellers packed up in the car with the kids and the dogs driving away as the buyers and I are coming - it must be a pain for them! 

Still, it's nice to view the home without worrying about losing someone's pet.

December 30, 2009 07:54 PM
Tracy Santrock
Raleigh - Cary Realtor
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc.

Hi Amy,

I have a cat and a dog so I can relate.  I think the pets need to be removed for showings even if it is a pain :)

January 03, 2010 11:30 AM

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Realtor - Crystal Coast, NC
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