As if getting your home ready to sell wasn’t stressful enough, many people also have to consider what to do with their pets during showings and open houses.

Just like you would de-personalize your home when it’s on the market, you also want to make sure you erase as much evidence of the pets in the home. 

Pet food containers, bowls, leashes, and toys should all be confined to one area of the house, preferably the garage or laundry room.   Same goes with any pet crates or beds.  

For non-furry pets such as snakes, lizards, turtles, or other caged animals, try to keep the area cleaned and covered. 

An unpleasant pet odor is a turn-off for many buyers, even if they are pet owners themselves, so having the carpets deep-cleaned and the floors scrubbed is a great idea. Deodorizing, removing pet stains and hair, and repairing any damage to the home caused by pets can make a huge impact on prospective buyers.  

The best option is to remove pets during showings, but if that’s not possible, they should be confined to a crate or cage, with a note for potential buyers instructing them not to touch the animals.  Also, a warning that a pet is inside a specific room (in a cage/crate/bowl/etc) taped outside of the door of that room serves as an additional reminder.    Keep in mind that buyers want to be able to see all of the rooms in the house, and having a pet confined to one may be a deterrent.   

If you are stressed out about constantly having to arrange your schedule to accommodate showings, chances are that your pets are too.  Talk to your veterinarian about any possible anxiety issues and how to ensure that your beloved pets stay safe during this time.

For more ideas and tips on what to do with pets when selling your home, contact me directly!