Created Wednesday, 15 April 2009 22:05
Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question
I have a loveable but quite noisy dog. Can I show my home to potential buyers while my dog is there?
Selling a home with a pet in residence can be a difficult undertaking. Many home buyers – even those with pets of their own at home – can be put off by yours. An unexpected reaction could frighten potential buyers away before they’ve even looked at your home.
The safest course of action is to remove a pet while your home is listed for sale. Ask friends or family members to care for the pet, or board it at a nearby facility.
If this is not possible, put your pet into a carrier during showings and alert visitors not to disturb it.
Buyers also frequently take issue with a pet’s impact on the cleanliness and condition of the home.
To help your home bring the highest possible price, remove stains and repair any damage your pet may have caused.