Like cats and dogs


By Kathy Henne



When you’re ready to sell your home, your agent will inform you how to successfully price, present and market your property; but some “family members” may be left out of the loop, completely unaware of the process and feeling the predictable anxiety. No, it’s not your kids, but your pets.

Unfortunately, there is no way to communicate to your pets what to expect during a showing, and sometimes their barking or jumping or hissing or scratching can be a real turn-off to otherwise enthusiastic and qualified buyers.

We know that our animal companions are creatures of habit, and strangers visiting your home can be very stressful. How do you successfully show your home and protect your pets at the same time?

The ideal solution, especially early in the listing when you can expect multiple showings, is to make sure your pet is out of the home during showings. There is doggie/kitty daycare, or have a trusted friend or family member baby-sit your pet at their home. This can involve effort and cost, but it’s ultimately safer and less stressful for your pet, while ensuring your home is shown under the best circumstances. This is especially important when you have a pet that will try to bolt out the door when the agent and buyers open your front door. If this is just not possible, consider a large comfortable crate in a room with a television or radio.

Finally, keep pets, bedding, furniture and carpeting extra clean. Also, keep on top of the litter box odor and activity. Take a few steps and plan to make buyers and pets more comfortable during showings. It will pay off with your pet’s happiness and safety and enable the buyers to take their time and really consider all the wonderful benefits your home has to offer them.

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By Kathy Henne

Contact the Kathy Henne Team RE/MAX FINEST by calling (937) 778-3961.

Contact the Kathy Henne Team RE/MAX FINEST by calling (937) 778-3961.