Claws and Effect: Home Showings with Pets

Realtors have to maneuver through many things – low inventory, tricky sales, and overflowing emails – one obstacle that is sometimes forgotten: pets.

Recently, Realtor® Magazine released an article showcasing Cassie Sonnentag, a real estate agent with Century 21, having to fight off a feisty cat while staging a showing.

So what are some quick tips to make sure you have happy sellers, potential buyers, and furry friends?

Fix up the yard

Make sure both the front and the back yards are clean and clear from any holes or pet droppings. If there are any brown or yellow spots in the yard, it might be a good idea to aerate or seed the bare spots – or even replace patches with new sod. Curb appeal is important, after all.

Organize pet supplies

Think about stowing pet beds, litter boxes, leashes, toys, and food bowls away from the showing. It will help declutter and allow potential buyers to visualize the home the way they want to see it.

Crate or pet sit

Consider whether your client has insurance that can cover possible accidents (a dog protecting his home and scratching or biting potential buyers, for instance). Pets are cute and can be distracting – it might be best to have a pet sitter or to crate.

 

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