Showing Your Home – How to Make It Appear Pet-Free

Although you love your pets and they are usually well-behaved, having them in your home when trying to show it to potential buyers is a no-no. Not everyone is a pet lover. In fact, homes with pets often carry a stigma – whether imagined or real – that sometimes causes potential buyers to pass over a particular home. 

So, if you’re selling your home and you have pets, what can you do to make your home appealing to pet lovers and non-pet people alike? Here are several tips to make your home appear pet-free during showings. 

1. Relocate Your Pets

This is the ideal solution. Simply putting them in a back bedroom or the yard isn’t a good idea since buyers will want to see everything and will eventually come in contact with the animals. Removing your pets from the house is the best solution. You could take them to a friend or family member’s house, board them at a kennel, or just take them for a ride while your house is being shown. 

2. Get Rid of any Signs of Pets

While some states require you to disclose that your home has pets, you don’t have to advertise it. The best idea is to remove any signs of pets so as not to turn a buyer off as soon as they walk in the door. 

  • Get rid of any pictures of pets, especially those that depict them on the furniture
  • Pick up any toys, beds, and feeding bowls 
  • Vacuum every day
  • Remove cages and carriers

3. If You Can’t Remove Your Pets

There may be times you just cannot remove your pets from the house during a showing. The last thing you need, however, is to have someone get bit or scratched while in your home. The best thing you can do then is to put your pet in a cage and alert your real estate agent to the fact that the animal is there and where the cage is located. Put a sign on the cage to warn buyers not to disturb the animal. You know your pet is loveable, but you simply don’t know how he or she will act with strange people when you’re away. 

If you’re trying to sell your home and you have pets, it may be more difficult convincing buyers that your home is perfect for them. Homes with pets often get a bad rap, so use the tips above to help make yours appear pet-free during showings.