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When Selling Your House "Must Love Dogs" is NOT the Movie You Want to Show!

When selling your house, “Must Love Dogs” is not the movie you want to show.


If you ask any real estate agent for a top ten list of things that can derail the sale of your home, pets and pet odors are right up there.

It’s not that buyers don’t like pets.  In fact many buyers have their own Give your dog a bath when selling your homeset of furry friends that are part of their household.  What they don't want are remnants of YOUR pets!

What you want to avoid is adding anything that will distract a buyer from seeing your house as a possibility for their new dream home.

Your plan of attack:

1. The most obvious distraction is pet odor, whether it’s from Lucky’s own particular eau de parfum, or from their accidents on your floors, you need to address this.

Call on a good friend or your agent and ask them if they can detect any odor.  Since we live in our homes, we become immune to its personal aromas.

2.Wash and deodorize your pet’s bedding, water bowls, kennel and toys.  

You don’t have to throw your pet’s favorite toy away but you need to do what you can to clean it.  Some toys can even go in the microwave or dishwasher.

3. Bathe and groom your dog!  Depending upon your dog, they may need a bath more often than usual.  And, with your busy schedule, there are some tips that will help give your pet a quick grooming, such as wiping their fur with baby wipes.

4. Repair any damage that Lucky may have done! If your energetic pet has chewed on the carpet or run through your screens, it is time to bite the bullet and repair them.

If buyers see this, they will only wonder what other damage there is that they can’t see.

5. Check your yard.  If Lucky dug holes or damaged the yard, don’t selling your house?  Tips if you have dogs. think that the buyer won’t notice.  And, keep up with your pooper scooper duty daily!

6. Odors, whether from cooking, smoking or your pets, become trapped in any fabrics in your home, and that includes your carpet and any furniture that Lucky is allowed to sit or roll around in.  Have these professionally cleaned and deodorized.  You can also try some these organic DIY odor removers.

7. Vacuum  every day!

8. Cats have their own little daily habits, so you need to keep the litter box exceptionally clean!

And when your house is being shown…..

1.Make arrangements for your pets to be away. You may opt to take them for a walk but it is in your best interest, as well as your pet's, for them to be out of the house.

There may be a buyer who is allergic to dogs or cats; one who may have a fear of dogs.  

You don’t need to subject your pet to the intrusion of strangers!

2.Place your pet’s toys, dog bowls and bedding away.  There’s no need to place ideas in a buyer’s head.  You’re not trying to hide anything. But why open questions about “what if” if you don’t have to.

3. DO NOT leave a pot of orange peels and cinnamon sticks on the stove or bake a batch of cookies to try to cover up any odors.  Buyers are on to this trick! And never leave lit candles around an unattended home.


When selling your house, use these tips to take the “doggie” out of the house!


 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 78 commentsKathy Streib • September 03 2015 05:33PM


Hi Kathy.  No apple pie baking in the oven when the house is being shown?  That stinks

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 4 years ago

Kathy, great tips for those who have pets! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

Good morning Kathy.  We have two of those four legged family members.  When they pass we are finished.  No more pets for us.  But I agree I can tell if one has a pet or not when I open the door.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 4 years ago

Thank you for the post. I will share it with others.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Kathy, all great suggestions (if only home sellers would listen!). When I've sold my homes, I would burn a vanilla candle for an hour before anyone arrived. So the home smelled really nice when people showed up, but it wasn't something to let people think I was covering something up. And I always got comments about how good my home smelled.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 4 years ago

Thanks Kathy.  It is always fascinating to me that often even pet lovers get turned off by the presence of pets in a home they are viewing.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 4 years ago

Excellent advice Kathy Streib.  One's sensory awareness of pet animals is as strong a negative as tobacco smoke.   I have in the past purchased institutional grade deodorizers and given them to my sellers to use in their homes.  It works on occasion.  If the odor cannot be neutralized, I withdraw from the listing.  No amount of sophisticated marketing will overcome the experience of an unpleasant odor.

Posted by Randy Hilman REALTOR® Associate Broker, Guide & Mentor to Home Buyers & Sellers (Randy Hilman Homes) over 4 years ago

Good morning Kathy. You know I have a doggie family but when I sold buyers didn't know.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

BARFF, nothing turns off buyers more than pet odors.....excellent suggestions on how to keep it clean and showable so it isn't offensive.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 4 years ago

You are so right on this most pet owners  don't think that there is a pet odor but this is something that you have to approach gently with them.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (Lubeck Realty Group) over 4 years ago

Good Morning Kathy Streib 

Oh Boy! The same could go for a household with cats. Great To-Do-List for pet owners.

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) over 4 years ago

 Great list...for days before and inconspicuusly otherwise we always suggest bowls of broken charcoal pieces...closets, and cupboards wonders !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 4 years ago

This is very good advice for home sellers. Dog lovers sometimes do not understand that buyers may not share their passion.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

Kathy, another great post! We stagers have to address the issue of pets so often! Recently I had to deal with sellers who had just lost a cat but the destroyed carpeting on the stairs and the kitty litter box were still there. I agree with you about not leaving a dog home alone to deal with buyers visits. How are they supposed  to know that this stranger invading their turf is ok?

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Pet remnants definitely can cause issues in selling. Great Post!

Posted by Matthew Lawrence (ReMax Center) over 4 years ago

Leaving dogs that are not crate trained inside the home can also pose an issue. It's hard to show a house when you have a dog screaming and whining in a crate in the garage. 

Posted by Green Forest Properties, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional over 4 years ago

Kathy Streib I would hope that pet owners are doing all those things as a normal course of pet ownership, but we all know that is not always the case. Great post!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 4 years ago

Good morning, Kathy -- you're spot on with letting people know that it isn't the pets that people don't like, it's the odors and other clues that create an impression.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 4 years ago

Even though a seller may have a pet, the more they can remove any evidence of that pet the better. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 4 years ago

Hi Kathy Streib I don't even want to go into a house that has cats. They just don't get the smell out NO MATTER WHAT they do.

And what about Febreze?  That seems to work well for fabrics.

But I think the smell of baking cookies is very pleasant, especially oatmeal raisin cookies.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 4 years ago

It's definitely tough for a home seller with pets. When I see in the agent notes "beware of large dog on property," that gets a pass. Pet smells are a turn off to home buyers. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 4 years ago

Kathy every home seller needs to read your post. Pets area always an issue to manage when listing homes. Most sellers undertand the issues - and there are a few that love their 'babies' more....:) than getting the home sold.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 4 years ago

Conrad- come on, that's very last century!!! Conrad Allen 

Wayne- thank you!  And we do love our pets! Wayne Martin 

James- we haven't had one since we lot our Lucky. James Dray 

Gita- you're very welcome. Gita Bantwal 

Nina- I love the smell of vanilla!  I did a consult on a home that had candles burning in every room!  Nina Hollander 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Gabe- me too but they do!  Some only like their dogs! Gabe Sanders 

Randy- and it's often not just the pet odor but the damage they may have done to the rest of the house. Randy Hilman, Associate Broker, GRI, CBR 

Sheila- at one time we had a cat, 2 dogs and fish.  When we sold one of our homes in FL, I had to lift my 45 pound blind Brittany into our SUV to get her out of the house!  Sheila Anderson 

BARFF- I consulted on one home that had 5 dogs that weighed about 50+ pounds on average.  The home was the most disgusting one I'd seen. Roger D. Mucci 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago


Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 4 years ago

Completely agree.  Showed a house last week where they had dogs, a cat, and even some sort of snake in an aquarium.  Full of odors to say the least. Could be worse though, someone "lost" a King Cobra around here a few days ago. 

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Very good points Kathy. Some people are allergic to pets and the only way to make people comfortable is to get everything really clean as you mention in the tips/

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

Donald- it's a tough one to do.  You don't want to offend but still, they have to know. Donald Urschalitz 

Doug- cats and their litter boxes can have the same negative impact! Doug Dawes 

Sally and David- charcoal is excellent!  Lots of people place it in their refrigerators! Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Roy=- exactly.  There are some who are afraid of them or very much allergic to them. Roy Kelley 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Kathy, what a great post and great reminders.  Pets definitely add another dimension to selling a home.  They can also inhibit showings depending how easily the seller can remove the pet. It is amazing when you walk into some homes and see a pet dish but no tell tale odors. Then you enter one and are blown away!   I have had buyers not go beyond the front door due to pet smells.  

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) over 4 years ago

Janice- that's exactly it.  I didn't want to leave our blind dog in a kennel with people she couldn't see coming into the house! Janice Ankrett 

Matthew- thank you.  Can you imagine buyers going out to look over the back yard and trying to dodge you know what! Matthew Lawrence 

Erik- it's upsetting for the pet as well as the buyer.  How can they concentrate on looking at the house! Erik Gruenwald 

Sandy and Norm- it would be nice, but no, not everyone does. I saw one house where the owner allowed the dogs to urinate in the corner of their family room. The beautiful white tile was totally ruined in that corner. Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Michael- absolutely.  Larry and I both love pets but we once walked into a home and the second we entered, our eyes were burning from the cigarette smoke and pet odor. Michael Jacobs 

Nicole- you'd be surprised at what I've seen, although, you probably have seen it as well. Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Bill- I love the smell of baked cookies, and vanilla too but it's often too obvious. Bill Roberts 

Pamela- some agents preview homes for that very reason.  They check it out or rule it out. Pamela Seley 

Anna- exactly.  I found someone here who will pet sit just for showings and open houses! Anna Banana Kruchten 



Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Conrad- stop that.... you're making me hungry for brownies!!! Conrad Allen 

Rob- I think I heard about the King Cobra!  I don't do snakes... period.  I probably would not consider buying a house from a snake owner.  Who knows what they may have left behind. Rob Arnold 

Noah- and it can be done!  Our friends smoke but you would never know it! I don't know how they do it. Noah Seidenberg 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Shirley- that's awful!  The house I consulted on was gross but you could have eaten off the floor of the garage.  Shirley Coomer 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

You are so right Kathy. I hear complaint all the time, maybe the sellers are not coached as well as they should be.

I love buying properties to flip that have had lots of cats, dogs or both. Most people run away from these properties.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 4 years ago

Kathy, many, many years ago I was "taught" that vanilla is the most universally accepted scent and if we were going to scent our homes to never use anything but vanilla. Personally, I love vanilla and even my perfume is primariy vanilla based.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 4 years ago


Your insight will go a long way in creating a pathway to a successful sale.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Kathy, I've shown way too many homes where it was readily apparent that pets had lived there.  They might not have been present, but the clawed/scratched door trim, frayed/stained/stinky carpet, etc. told us and the buyers all they needed to know.  You've got a great list of steps to take to mitigate having a pet.  Personally, I think when it's time for Liz and I to move, we'll buy our next house and have her move and take our "zoo" with her prior to placing our current home on the market.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 4 years ago

Great tips as always and you hit the nail on the head.  It seems like the pet owners are the ones that notice it the most.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 4 years ago

Kathy, Those are excellent tips for folks who are selling their homeand have pets. Taking the pet out of the home during a showing I think is important and some folks do not do that. big mistake. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 4 years ago

I tell all my clients that there should be NO evidence of pets in the home. Best case scenerio is NO evidence. Not all listen, and what a difference it can make when the first thing a potential buyer notices is the smell from a giant dog bed or kitty litter box.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 4 years ago

Great advice, Kathy - we try to do all of that even though we're not selling our home. The evidence just piles up otherwise. On a side note, I remember once washing my dog's favorite bear - he sat by the washer and dryer the whole time, greatly concerned, but seemed pleased with the result.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 4 years ago

Kathy Streib we run our home the same ways Dick Greenberg mentioned.  Our litter box is in the garage, and litter is replaced daily, and the litter box is washed with hot water and soap.  The garage is swept once a week also.  In our experience both dogs and cats like it clean.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 4 years ago

Kathy, OK, for a minute there you really hurt Willie the Labradoodle's feelings.  But this post is must reading for any would-be seller with pets!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 4 years ago

Just this week I was showing a home that had a little dog in it.  When we opened the door from the pool bath to the pool area, first thing we saw was a little deposit by said dog!  Not the type of "staging" you want to see!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 4 years ago

I need to send your post over to a listing agent on a home I showed yesterday.  The minute the door was opened and we walked in I said "It smells like dog."  We can all love dogs, but not the dog smell!!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 4 years ago

Joe- that's the thing I tell sellers.  Flippers will be happy to pay less than you want if you don't want to be concerned about the condition of your home. Joe Petrowsky 

Nina- you and I are two peas from the same pod!!!  I love the scent of vanilla, and most every scent/candle I have has vanilla in it.  What I really love are vanilla and coconut together!!!  Or Vanilla and lavender!!  Nina Hollander 

Lou- thank you!  Now can you get rid of this humidity!!!  Lou Ludwig 

BLiz- thank you.  Trust me, it's a lot easier.  I could barely walk after lifting my blind 45-pound dog into my Expedition every time the house was being shown. I did a consult on a house earlier this year and there was the pet snake in an aquarium on the kitchen counter. I don't do snakes.  Liz and Bill Spear 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Brian- often they do.  It's probably because they know the damage dogs can do!  Brian England 

Bob- I agree.  I can remember when one of my sellers insisted on staying around for the showing (because she used to be an agent) and she was also going to have her dog with her.  I felt sorry for the agent. Robert (Bob) Gilbert 

Sharon- that's such a big issue.  There was a home I consulted on that had a big "piddle pad" in the utility room for their small dogs.  Just awful! Sharon Tara 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Dick- that is so cute!!!!  My first Brittany chewed up everything in sight... 2 antique pistol grips, a pillow, Larry's tie, and the decking around the hot tub.  Thankfully, we moved out of the house and had it rented for several years so didn't have to deal with the dog issue! Dick Greenberg 

Alexandra- it sounds like you're really on top of it, and you have to be!  You'll love the name of a company here that specializes in removing pet urine from carpets... PetPeePee! Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Pat- oh no!  I would never hurt his feelings.. Please tell Willie the Labradoodle that I apologize!!!! Patricia Kennedy 

Silvia- oh geeze..... that's such a big turn off.  I can't imagine that! Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Carla- you're not kidding.  I don't care how much you love dogs or cats, if you're looking at a house to buy, you do not want to smell the current pet! Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago


There are some excellent tips here. Dogs, and cats, can really be a turnoff for buyers, and the smells and sometimes damage an even bigger problem. I've sold my own homes several times with dogs and cats and I understand what a challenge it can be. Generally buyers simply are going to love your furry friends as muc as you do.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 4 years ago


An outstanding post . . . . and a well desired star.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Kathy Streib perfect post and ideas we can share with sellers who love their pets. Luckily, they listen to me!

One more I'd like to add to the list is - Indian Cooking Odor.....

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 4 years ago

my dogs stink when they go for a walk, even if they had a bath that morning.  I'd never try to sell my house while we still lived there.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

You always write such great posts - thanks for a wonderful blog to share with clients

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 4 years ago

Kathy... oh boy, coconut! My next favorite smell after vanilla! Lavender I have to pass on, as I'm very sensitive to many scents and get terrible headaches from them. Fortunately vanilla and coconut are fine with me.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 4 years ago

Hello and congratulations on your featured blog post! Well done and hope to see you have many more featured post.

Posted by Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage, The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours! (Empire Network Realty INC.) over 4 years ago

A dog is going to send a scent message to everyone saying...I LIVE HERE. Its their way and in the genes to do so. When a house is for sale, seller needs to send a message that says...Dog used to live here but is moving. Visuals but no scents!

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 4 years ago

When I was house shopping many years ago the one house I remember the most (though not in a good way) was the one that had a dog odor that hit you in the face as soon as you walked in the house...and the house was vacant so I can only imagine how much dog urine had soaked into the wood floors. That was one I could cross off my list quickly!

Posted by Sharon Lea over 4 years ago

Fabulous suggestions for home owner/sellers.

Now, spread the word.

I've visited homes for sale whereby I doubted that the listing agent ever put foot on the property.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

TOTOH, I was showing rentals to a family some years ago who had 4 dogs and, needless to say, we were having a hard time.

When asked why they were rejected, I explained that owners didn't want to rent to folks with 4 dogs.  His comment was, "Dogs have rights too".

I had to tell him, "No they don't."

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Kathy - great recommendations! Pet odors do linger. There is also the safety factor - an "adorable" kitty once bit my client's little girl so badly, she was bleeding.

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Congrats Kathy on your featured blog, hopefully you can keep them coming, topics that are featured take blogging talent!

Posted by Vick The Realtor . (Olympus Executive Realty INC.) over 4 years ago

Kathy, so many people are clueless about how other people may feel about the homeowner's pets, odors,pet paraphernalia and land mines in the yard. Your list is terrific!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 4 years ago

Sometimes it is just best to show and stage the home after the pets have left for their new home.  Much less stress on the animals, the property is easier to show and the owners don't have to check the yard for stains every five minutes because believe it or not, someone always seems to track that stuff in the house - and it ain't the dog!

Posted by Virtual Realty Consultants, Making the American Dream a Reality (Virtual Realty Consultants LLC) over 4 years ago

Hey, Kathy! 

I included this post in today's "Last Week's Favorites".  Enjoy the rest of your long weekend.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 4 years ago

What a great list!  Where was it when I needed it?  I need to give this to a few sellers now also.

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) over 4 years ago

Our house is for sale.  We have tile so it is an easier clean up for the dust bunnies and it does not hold the dog odor.  I put all of the doggie stuff away and take him for a ride, Rocky loves it when the house gets shown!

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) over 4 years ago

Great advice for sellers with pets.  Hopefully, they will follow these tips.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 4 years ago

This is great advice for sellers with dogs. Buyers rush through houses if there is a barking dog there, even if it's caged up. And it's horrible to open the front door and have the buyer say, "ugh, they have cats (dogs) here. I can smell them."


Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

Cute post Kathy. I like the picture. Nothing worse than animal smell when you're trying to sell a house, yuck

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 4 years ago

I showed a house once and the buyer was adamant the owners had pets. We couldn't see any signs, like bedding, food, water, or a litter box, but the lingering pet odor was evident to the buyer, who had allergies. Needless to say, we didn't linger either!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Great advice, Kathy. I love dogs, but a dog can derail a home sale if the owners don't keep a good eye on his/her antics. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 4 years ago

so true!  I have a huge issue when they leave the dog home "because he"s friendly"  he may be friendly butdue to our walking into his home he is now so stressed out he just wet the floor!  it's crazy to leave a pet in the house during a showing for many reasons but also think of the animal.

Posted by Amy Gutschow, Professional Real Estate (RE/MAX) over 4 years ago

As far as making sure the pets are out of the home for people who are afraid or allergic there are also the people that LOVE the animals.  I have a listing where I can not hold an open house without putting the cat outside.  Shes the worlds cutest cat, very friendly and playful, and I find people spending more time on the cat than the house.  My first open house I had a husband look at a wife and say... "We're here to look at the house, not the kitty."

Never let your clients be the "House with the cat" or the "House with the dog" or even "The house with the weird/elaborate/amazing collection of X" it's those things that distract the customers from what they are there for in the first place.

Posted by Chip Morgan, LSS, LSE, LMS (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) over 4 years ago

Just caught this on a re-blog. You nailed it!! Unfortunately, many sellers think we are picking on them when we bring this to their attention.

Posted by Kim Johnson, Selling South Florida (Signature Realty Inc.) over 4 years ago

Great info for sellers Kathy Streib .  You know how I adore animals but I am with you.  Stuffed toys can also be washed in the washing machine and take the dogs out during showings.  

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Hello and congratulations on your featured blog post! Well done and hope to see you have many more featured post.

Posted by Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage, The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours! (Empire Network Realty INC.) over 4 years ago

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