Selling a House with Pets

Posted by on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 11:37am.

How to Sell a Home With PetsIf you have a pet and are currently selling your Calgary house, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. While you may love your pets with all your heart, not everyone likes animals and a lot of people are allergic to them. This can become a barrier to selling your house fast. Here are a few different things you can do about it.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Why Are Pets Bad For a Home Showing?

Goldy, Fluffy, and Spot. No matter what their name is, your pet is a member of the family. That’s why it may be confusing to hear that your dog is hurting your chances of selling your house. As hard as it is to believe, the presence of a pet may be hindering your real estate agent’s efforts to sell your home.

The primary reason is access. Some people are allergic to or have a fear of dogs and will not agree to a viewing if they realize you have one. Both of these issues can hinder the process of selling your house. If you are serious about selling your home quickly and getting the maximum amount for it, then put the following tips into action.

Should You Try To Conceal Your Pets?

It depends on what your real estate agent advises. If he does tell you that it may make a difference in getting a quick sale, you may not want to promote the fact that you have pets. This does not mean that you should lie about owning a pet because lying just leads to more cover up and that is never a good thing.

There are certain things that you can do that won't promote the fact that you have a pet. At open houses or viewings, for example, you may want to take larger animals out of the house and hide their toys, food dishes and other accessories. You would also have to give your home a thorough vacuuming and dusting.

Anyone that is really concerned about buying a house that has animals in it will ask you about any pets. This is especially true if there is somebody with allergies that is going to occupy the new home.

How to Remove Your Pet's Influence From the House

It is difficult to try to cover up the fact that you have a pet completely. It's pretty much impossible to do, really, considering how hard it is to get rid of fur and odours. Plus, most people that don't own pets can pick up the scent of an animal - no matter how hard you try to cover it up.

  • Let a friend or family member take care of your pet while your house is on the market. If this is not possible then consider a dog kennel. Relocating your pet will make your home more accessible to potential buyers and reduce the stress your dog may feel at having strangers in the house.
  • If you don’t want to give your dog a new temporary home, find a way to minimize his impact on the home viewings. Make sure the yard remains free of doggy gifts, put dog potty pads out of sight and hire professionals to clean pet stains. The house should smell nice and welcoming.
  • If you leave the home while the agent is giving a tour, take your dog with you. Don’t assume he will be well-behaved when you are not around. Your dog won’t understand that you are selling a house and may react poorly to the presence of strangers.
  • Don’t try to hide the fact that you own a dog. Some people have violent allergic reactions to dogs and you certainly won’t want to put anyone in harm’s way.

If you are selling a home that has pets, talk to your real estate agent first and find out whether it is going to be an issue or not. In many family neighbourhoods there won't be a problem and it will be business as usual when selling your house.

Talk To Your Real Estate Agent

The first thing you need to do is get in communication with your agent. Find out what the common handling is for people that are selling a house with pets. If you have small caged animals like bunnies or hamsters this is usually not a problem. If you have a cat or dog, however, this can raise a few concerns when you are selling your house. Some people have an allergy to these pets while others are simply scared of them. Your real estate agent will let you know how he personally handles these situations.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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