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.