Honestly, who doesn’t love pictures of cute little puppies and adorable baby kittens?

Yet even those who “awwww” at the cuteness may not appreciate the reality of being accosted by your furry family member when they come to view the house you are trying to sell.

The fact is, animals are just that…animals! As much as we love our furbabies and even if they’ve never been aggressive before, the stress of getting ready to move affects our pets. They may exhibit unusual behavior as a result of the increased activity around their territory, and they may behave in unexpected ways.

While we simply must accommodate our furbabies needs during the course of selling a house, we don’t want to do so at the expense of a potential buyer! We know they are cuddly and loveable but strangers roaming in and out of their territory could cause unusual behaviors.

When putting your home up for sale, consider necessary precautions to keep your pets and your potential buyers safe and happy.

You don’t want a worst case scenario to occur, like an unsuspecting agent with eager ready buyers opening the front door, or any door in the home, and being greeted by an unexpected furry ball of frightening surprise! Whether your pet is usually friendly or not, it won’t be appreciated.

Neither will being inhibited from fully exploring the home due to a pet being locked in an area. A buyer most likely won’t purchase a home they can’t freely and completely inspect.


- Remove pet from the home for all showings
- Be especially diligent about pet smells during the sales process
- Treat pet toys, beds and dishes as you would any clutter – be neat and organized!
- NEVER put your pet at risk by expecting perfect strangers to keep them from running out an opened door!

While it takes a little extra effort to appeal to the widest selection of potential buyers when pets are part of your home, since more than 61% of the population has pets or plans to get one once they buy a home, there are pluses you may want to highlight:

- Fenced areas for pets to roam freely
- Already installed pet doors
- Laminate or wood flooring for easy fur control

*Give your home every chance to sell, sell quickly and sell at the best possible price while safe guarding your furry family members. **Find out more about how NOW!*