Showing Your Home When You Have Pets


Selling a home when you have pets can be a challenge if you don’t work out the details with your Realtor (hopefully me). Many home buyers, even those with pets of their own, can be put off by yours.

Pets Will Make Visitors Nervous

No one thinks of their own pet as scary. But even the mildest mannered cat or dog (not to mention birds or farm animals) will make a visitor a little nervous. Remember that a potential buyer, and their posse, will explore the property (hopefully in a group with the Realtor). This includes out buildings, pens, garages, and stables. Simply relocating or hiding the pets out of the main structure will not get the desired effect. They will be found and may scare or bite the visitors.

Perhaps the most common response from a home seller about the “threat” posed by their pet is denial: “ Puffy is…

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