Selling your home with pets around

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Putting your house up for sale can be a stressful and hectic time for everyone. Developing a plan on how to accomplish your goal while minimizing stress for your pets can help the process go smoothly. Here are some suggestions!

During a showing

It is safer and less stressful for your pet and potential buyers if you and your furry family members are out of the house during a showing. Viewing appointments gives you time to make arrangements for your pets. Plan in advance to have a responsible friend, family member or neighbour look after your animal while showings are underway in your home.

If you are unable to find a safe place to take your furry companion for a showing, reschedule the viewing for a different time. Doggy daycares and some veterinary clinics are options for temporary boarding as well.

Never leave a dog unattended in a vehicle, as temperatures can quickly reach deadly levels. If you are showing your home during the summer refer to our hot weather pet safety as well. When you are remaining on your property during a showing, keep your dog on a leash at all times for safety.

Cats or small animals

Cats, rabbits or guinea pigs may be left at home during showings. It’s important to consider your pet’s personality when planning for this experience. It’s also a good idea to ensure they are contained. A large crate that has enough room for a litter box is a good idea. Your cat or small animal can temporarily be housed in the crate during showings. Containing your small pets is safer and reduces stress for everyone. You won’t need to worry about them escaping out the door as potential buyers enter.

If you decide to leave your small animal at home, post a note at the door. Then, have your realtor notify any agents taking prospective buyers through your home there are pets present.

Other Helpful Hints
  • Cats or small animals can remain in the home if they are contained in a room or cage.
  • Even if your pet is friendly, it is best to remove them from your home during showings.
  • It may be difficult to predict how a dog will react to having strangers in the home. So it is best to take them with you when you leave.

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Remember, the safety of your animals and the people coming to see your house should be your top priority. By planning ahead, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is negotiating a deal on the sale of your home!