Q & A Saturday – How Do I Sell a House with Pets?

Welcome to our Q & A Saturday video.

In these Q & A Videos we will answer your questions about real estate.  Any real estate related topic from questions about selling your house, buying a house, real estate investor questions, land lording questions, local market questions and many others things are all fair game. 

Today’s question is “How Do I Sell a House with Pets?

For Sale Sign With Pets - Massachusetts and New Hampshire Real Estate

In this video Shaun talks about some of the issues that come up when trying to sell a when you have pets.


Some of the main points covered in this video are:

1)      Options for what to do with your pets

2)      What to do to minimize the “pet effect”

3)      Issues with exotic animals

4)      How many pets do you have?


Many people have pets.  A pet can be a wonderful companion and addition to your family.  However selling a house where pets live is a special challenge that can often make the process a lot more difficult.  Living with pets often makes people forget that other people might not and might not even like them.  You might not notice pet dander around the house or odors from your pets since you are so used to it.  However, buyers notice and even those that like pets and have their own can be turned off by this.

There are many things one can try to minimize the impact that your animals will have on the sale process.  The easiest of course is to remove the pets.  If a friend or family member is willing to take them for the duration of you showing and selling the house that can eliminate most problems.  If that is not an option then next is to remove most signs of the pets and clean very regularly.  By this I am saying you should remove any toys, structures, litter boxes or pee pee pads, put away food and water bowls when not in use and generally remove pictures and other memorabilia associated with the animals.  Then do a deep clean to minimize any odors and vacuum at least daily and probably twice daily to keep any dander out of the house.

All of these suggestions are assuming you have no more than a couple of dogs and/or cats.  If you have exotic pets or many pets the issues will be magnified.  If you have reptiles, insects, rodents or some other class of animal that is not as standard having them in the house during showings can be more disturbing to a buyer and cause them to lose interest even faster.  Similarly even if it is just dogs and cats if you have many of them the first set of issues is MUCH harder to avoid.  If you have half a dozen animals in the house it will be very hard to avoid all odors and messes.  In this case you might need to accept it will be harder to sell the place and that offers you get might be lower anticipating the need to clean up after the animals leave the house.



Do you want to sell a house with pets in the house?  Do you need to sell a house in Massachusetts or New Hampshire and are not sure if Fido and Mr. Whiskers will be an issue for buyers?  If you would like to sell your home fast and hassle free schedule a consultation with us today.


Hope you enjoyed the video and leave any other questions you have about the topic below or any other topics you would like to see covered in future videos.  I encourage anyone that has things they would like to talk about to let me know what they are.  You can always fill out a contact us form here and put Q & A in the subject, just leave a comment with your questions below here, send an email to info@masshomesale.com, or post it on our Facebook page or Twitter account.


Some useful resources:

–          All of our Articles and Videos on Selling a Home As Is.

–          Our Main Article on Selling a Home As Is.

–          Our Video on Selling a Home As Is.

–          If you want to sell a house in Massachusetts or in New Hampshire we can help.





(Image credit: For Sale Sign with Pets via Pet Poo Skiddoo Website)


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