Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: 5 Tips For Selling A Home With Pets

5 Tips For Selling A Home With Pets

5 Tips For Selling A Home With Pets

Many homeowners have pets and they’re a part of the family. When it’s time to put your home on the market you need to consider that not everyone loves pets. Having your home deep cleaned to remove any pet odors is something you’ll need to do prior to listing your home for sale. You want buyers to see themselves living in your home and that doesn’t include with your pets.

Selling A Home With Pets 

What should you do when you have pets and it’s time to prepare to sell your home?


Make Repairs –

Pet damage isn’t a selling point for your home. Dogs and cats at some point in their lives, no matter how well behaved they are, are going to damage something in your home. Whether it be carpet, hardwood floors, walls, or grass in the yard it’s bound to happen. Repairs need to be completed prior to your home going on the market. Some repairs can be expensive but, correcting them will pay off in the form of an increased bottom line.


Tips For Selling A Home With Pets


Remove Pet Odors –

Even the biggest animal lover doesn’t want a home that smells like pets. Your furry friend’s favorite place to lay takes on their scent over time. Accidents also happen and you never want your home to be remembered as the house that smelled bad. One of the top reasons a home buyer will pass on a home is a strong odor. Having your carpets and floors professionally cleaned will in most cases remove the odors. There are some homes that will need to replace the carpet if the odor cannot be removed.


Selling A Home With Pets


Cleanup The Yard –

Pick up any messes that are in your yard. That’s not a surprise any buyer wants if they’re walking in your yard. Look at your yard and see if there are any spots that need new sod laid or damage repaired. Outdoor space is a big selling point for many buyers and because of that, you need to pay equal attention to the yard as you do to the interior of your home.


Tips For Selling A Home With Pets


Erase Signs You Have A Pet –

Your pet’s bowls, beds, toys, food, etc. will all need to be put away. Pet accessories are not staging items and look cluttered when left out for photos and showings. Aside from an aesthetics standpoint some buyers do not like pets and in turn, you want to avoid leaving signs out that you have pets in your home. if a buyer asks you’ll need to answer honestly but, you can often avoid the question ever being asked if your pet's belongings are put away.


Tips For Selling Your Home With Pets


Remove Your Pet For Showings –

If there’s one tip you take away from this post, it needs to be this one. There are far too many risks that come with a pet being left in a home for showings. Buyers and their agents are strangers to your pet and that creates a liability for you. When pets are scared or unsure of what’s happening they act differently. Pets can also get out during a showing and no agent wants to be looking for your pet if they escape. Leaving your pet home during a showing is asking for trouble. If you can’t get home from work to remove them have a neighbor keep them or consider hiring someone to come and remove them from your home before a showing starts. It’s a liability to have a pet in the home during showings and simply not worth the many risks that come with it. 






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Comment balloon 26 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • June 04 2018 10:01PM


Good morning, Amanda S. Davidson great list for all pet owners who are thinking of selling.... they would all be wise to follow your list.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 11 months ago

I love the post. I hope home owners with pets who are thinking of selling their home will read this.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 11 months ago

Pet owners who are thinking of selling would be smart to follow all of these tips. 

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Million Dollar Guild, Luxury, CLHMS, CNE, SRES (JOYCE MARSH REAL ESTATE COMPANY ) 11 months ago

This is excellent advice to share with pet owners.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 months ago

Good morning Amanda. This is terrific. I have been there and done that personally. Your pictures are very special.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 11 months ago

This is so important since some Buyers are not pet lovers. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (One World Realty Inc.) 11 months ago

Thanks for the great tips, Amanda.  And, I love that first picture.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 11 months ago

Amanda, great post, as most homeowners have a pet.   Showed a home last week where the dogs were in a closet, and barked the whole time.  Bet the back of that door is destroyed now.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 11 months ago

Great post, Amanda... I loved the reminder to clean up the yard... I've seen some that were shall we say "interesting."

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 11 months ago

Pet owners take note if you are selling your home...and take your pet for a walk!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 11 months ago

Hello Amanda, I so agree with your blogs, sometimes the owns just do not pick up the smells that there friends have.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 11 months ago

These are great tips!  Pet owners often don't even notice the odor that their pets leave behind, but prospective buyers certainly do.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 11 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson, these are all great tips for sellers with pets. I know it's not easy to pick up your dogs/cats and leave for all showings but it's a must. Ohhh...please clean the yard! 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 11 months ago

Hi Amanda- these are excellent tips for any seller who has a pet!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 11 months ago

Hi Amanda

There is plenty of smart advice here for sellers with pets. Taking care of pet issues in advance, and being prepared for showings WITHOUT pets present is key.  This would make a great marketing piece!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 11 months ago

Thank you all for your comments! I love that we can all relate on this. It's hard to juggle but, removing pets from a home that's for sale is just a must. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 11 months ago

Amanda, great tips. I will be posting a similar post later today.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) 11 months ago

I do not care for dogs. I understand why pp get attached to pets. At an appt last night while walking around the home, a large dog kept following me and continuously put his nose up my skirt. It was so distracting, disgusting and annoying.  The house smelled like dog (sellers have two) and although carpets will be cleaned, I know the smell, dog beds, toys, food bowls, mats, etc are going to be a negative... unless potential dog owners are dog lovers.

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 11 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson - These are all great tips. As a homeowner with pets, most aren't even aware of the scent left behind that lingers when a home has a pet or pets for occupants. For years, I lived with pets and didn't know that until I moved into a new house without any pets. Now, as soon as I step into another person's home, it doesn't matter how clean it is, I smell pets. It doesn't necessarily have to be a bad odor, but the scent is still there.

Your blog posts are always a wealth of good information!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 11 months ago

I once had a house listed that was home to an attack cat. If they knew we were coming they'd put it in a crate, but if not... Scary! I tried to push it out the door once and ended up with a bloody ankle.

There was a little studio building outside and while the potential buyers and I were inside, the cat sat on the rail by the door, daring us to come out. One of the men in the group said he'd take care of it and marched out the door. When the cat jumped down and grabbed him around the leg he kicked and the cat went flying across the yard... What he hadn't told me was that he had a wooden leg.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 11 months ago

Good morning Amanda - this information is a must for pet owners.  I remember years ago with our little Yorkie.  Even that was a problem leaving him in the house. 

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 11 months ago

I had a buyer I was finding homes to look at. One, had terrific photos of inside and out. It was priced, in what the photos showed, as a great price.

When we pulled up in front of the house, I had to check to see if I had come to the correct address. The outside was unkempt.

But, inside, OH MY!! We looked in each room and it was obvious they had a pet, a dog. The baseboards were all swollen. The dog had peed all over them.

That is extreme, but some people don't want a house that has a pet in it.

Thanks for a great post.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) 11 months ago

I have two sellers with pets and it is a challene with both of them. In a few weeks I will have another listings with huge dogs. I am not sure how we will handle that one.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 11 months ago

Hello Amanda - this post has many "spot on" points - however it is the photos you have included that make it so adorable. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 11 months ago

These were great tips Amanda.  I know you love dogs/pets and are able to give great advice, because you just sold a home with a dog!  Can I use your blog to do a similar video?  

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) 9 months ago

I love this post. I'm including a link in my post for tomorrow! Excellent advice Amanda!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 6 months ago