Tips and Tricks for Selling a Home When You Have a Dog

Dated: May 12 2023

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Selling a home when you have a dog can present unique challenges, but with the right strategies, you can make the process smooth and stress-free. This guide offers tips and tricks to help you sell your home while accommodating your furry friend.

Tips and Tricks for Selling a Home When You Have a Dog

This guide explains the following:

  • Repairing dog-related damage
  • Deep cleaning and deodorizing
  • Removing pet items during showings
  • Managing your dog during showings
  • Disclosing pet ownership to buyers

Here's a closer look at each.

Repairing Dog-Related Damage

Before listing your home, address any damage your dog may have caused. Repair chewed baseboards or door frames, replace damaged carpets or flooring, and repaint walls with scratches or marks. Fixing these issues will make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Deep Cleaning and Deodorizing

A clean and fresh-smelling home is crucial when selling. Deep clean carpets, upholstery, and floors to remove pet hair and dander. Use air purifiers and deodorizers to eliminate pet odors, and regularly wash your dog's bed and toys to keep smells at bay.

Removing Pet Items During Showings

Clear away dog items such as beds, toys, food dishes, and crates during showings. This helps buyers visualize the space without the distractions of pet belongings. Store these items out of sight, and clean up any pet waste in the yard.

Managing Your Dog During Showings

Arrange for your dog to be elsewhere during showings, whether it's at a friend's house, doggy daycare, or on a walk with you. This allows potential buyers to tour your home without distractions or concerns about allergies or safety.

Disclosing Pet Ownership to Buyers

Although you're not required to disclose pet ownership, being upfront with potential buyers can build trust. If your home has pet-friendly features, such as a fenced yard or a doggy door, highlighting these amenities can be a selling point for fellow dog lovers.

FAQ About Selling a Home When You Have a Dog

Check out these commonly asked questions about selling a home when you have a dog. If you don't see the answers here, please call our office and we'll get you the information you need.

Q: Should I disclose that I have a dog when listing my home?

A: While not required, disclosing pet ownership can build trust with potential buyers. Highlight any pet-friendly features your home offers to attract fellow dog lovers.

Q: Can having a dog lower my home's value?

A: If you address any dog-related damage and thoroughly clean and deodorize your home, having a dog shouldn't negatively impact your home's value.

Q: What should I do with my dog during showings?

A: Arrange for your dog to be elsewhere during showings, such as at a friend's house, doggy daycare, or on a walk with you. This allows buyers to tour your home without distractions. Selling a home when you have a dog may require some extra effort, but by following these tips and tricks, you can make the process smoother and more successful. Be sure to address any dog-related damage, deep clean and deodorize your home, and manage your dog during showings to create a positive experience for potential buyers. If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to contact our office for help.

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Alex "AMAC" MacWilliam IV

It was bound to happen the day Alex MacWilliam, IV was born…the Alex MacWilliam Real Estate family legacy would carry on. Fast forward to September 2013, when Alex IV joined the firm, and the famil....

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