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Potential Pet Problems During Home-Selling

As we discussed in our first piece in this series, selling a home while also rearing a fuzzy companion (and we’re talking about cats, dogs, rabbits, and other such critters) can be a daunting task. Cleaning up after a pet during normal times is tricky enough, but when the cleanliness and desirability of your home might make a tremendous impact on a potential sale, everything becomes that much more of a challenge.

In our previous piece, we went over the basics of home cleaning, repair, and the removal of objects that might have become compromised due to an overabundance of affection from your pet. All the sort of work that should – obviously – take place before the home is opened to buyers. Today, we are going to leap forward somewhat in time, straight to the day when those home shoppers are expected to arrive on your doorstep. The time has now passed for vacuuming up the pile of hair or removing the chewed up ottoman. Instead, the question now becomes what to do with the pet themselves now that their home is about to be examined by numerous strangers?

First things first: your pet is your beloved companion. No one doubts this. However, the charms of your dog or your cat might not be so apparent at first glance, and their presence in the home can easily become a distraction from the natural light, the polished floors, the beautiful upstairs bath, or the reading nook. Even more, a standoffish cat can become a problem if the people who are coming through the home suffer from allergies. For this reason, we recommend that all pets be absent from the house during a showing.


For many people, the best option is to board their pet for a day. Because so many people need their pets (especially dogs) taken care of throughout the day while they are at work, doggy day care centers are now a common feature in most cities. Look throughout your area and see if there are any nearby that appeal to you.


If boarding doesn’t strike your fancy, consider asking a friend or a family member to watch the animals for the day. Yes, asking for help from people can be a difficult thing to do, but it is also a fact that most people appreciate the chance to help a loved one in need. Are there any people towards whom your dog or cat expresses a particular affinity? Any friends who are particularly enthusiastic about coming over to visit you and then spend most of their time on the floor petting your animals? Now is the time to reach out!


Worst case scenario: you can’t find a place to board them and no one can take them. If this is the case, then you might get by with just putting the dog or cat into the basement or a fenced in backyard. This is only recommended for animals that are well-behaved (not likely to bark the entire time people are walking through the home) and if you are certain that the yard is escape-proof. For diffident or reclusive cats, a note explaining their presence is still a good idea, otherwise they might suddenly appear and startle someone.

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