Showing a Home with Pets

This article authored by: Catherine Hallberg

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey. This means that lots of homes for sale will have some sort of pet in residence.

Most homeowners are concerned about what to do with their pet, especially dogs or cats, when their home is being shown. The easiest thing to do is take them for a brief walk or ride in the car. Since many homeowners work, this isn’t always an option.

Leaving a dog or cat loose in the home could create a liability situation if they bite or scratch a potential buyer or their child. Another concern is that sometimes people become distracted and could inadvertently leave a door open, letting the pet out.

Leaving them in the yard is possible, but they should have shade and plenty of water. The Arizona heat can be brutal on animals. Also, buyers like to see the back yard and are reluctant to go out if there’s a big dog staring them down.

Shutting a pet in a room can be an option, but potential buyers like to view all rooms, so you run the risk of them opening the door anyway for a quick peek which could potentially allow your pet to escape. 

A better solution is to purchase a portable kennel or cage. Although Baxter may complain, if he has a soft cushion, his favorite toy and some water, he should do just fine until you return home.

Once your home is under contract, you’ll have to make arrangements to have your pets in a safe place while inspections are being conducted as well.

Remember this is a temporary situation. If your home is priced right, it should be under contract in no time. Safeguard your pet and he or she will be at your side when you move into that dream home you’ve been waiting for!

Rob and Catherine Hallberg are Associate Brokers with Long Realty, a Berkshire-Hathaway Affiliate and Southern Arizona’s largest Brokerage. Send Rob and Catherine an email  for a fast response to your questions; for an even faster response, Call (520) 407-8667.

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