(Closed) About to sell my house- what to do with our pets?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Darling Husband and I just finished house searching and went in multiple homes whose owners obviously owned dogs (had dog bed/bowls, one even had a doggie door).  It didn’t phase us in the least and certainly didn’t turn us off on any of those homes (granted, we are also dog owners).

We went in one house that REEKED of cats and that was a major turn-off.  Not that it was cats per say but that it smelled gross.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If perspective buyers are leery of pet damage in the house, that’s bad for your selling price. They may see the dog bowls and just assume that there is residual stains/damage from dog accidents on the flooring, for example.

I’m a dog person, and if I saw pet bowls out, I would still be extra thorough in the inspection – especially if there was any carpeting in the house!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think they recommend that so your house can appeal to the largest number of buyers which would include non pet owners who would worry about what pets have done to the place.  If I werent a dog owner and saw a doggy door, that would just register to me as a security hazard and problem I’d have to take care of.  Or like @crayfish mentioned, if there are carpets, how many times had there been accidents and were they properly cleaned.  It’s just better to not get these worries into potential buyers minds.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

@Mrs.KMM:  <— Same here.  The homes that had pets didn’t phase us.  It was the one that smelled like they let their pets go to the bathroom in the house (or tear up the house) that turned us off right away.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Jenn23:  If the people looking at your house are pet owners themselves, the dog bowls/beds aren’t going to bother them. Folks who don’t have pets are sometimes more particular, especially if the reason they don’t have pets is due to an allergy. I have a friend who has pet allergies and she walked out of houses because there was evidence of a pet (either a litterbox or food bowls). The other objection I’ve heard is that people see pets and they assume there are fleas.

I think you have to balance out what works best with your life—because otherwise you are going to go nuts. We have come to the conclusion that the person who buys our house is just going to have to be a pet-lover. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We almost passed on our place bc we didn’t think it was good for dogs. We were shocked to find out after the second viewing that the had a large dog- we never saw any evidence. Knowing they’d lived comfortably with a dog there helped us decide to buy!

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Jenn23:  Thanks!  We’re so excited for it.  We close on March 30th and will do most of our moving in that weekend.

I’m venturing to bet that most pet owners won’t be phased (and might even be happy as relaxedabout it pointed out) to see pet things while some non-pet owners might be more wary.  I agree with the PP who said just try to balance what works reasonably with your life and the right buyer will come along.

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