Selling & Showing Your Home With Pets

Selling and Showing Homes with Pets

Keeping you home in tip top shape in order to show it can be a task. Particularly when you have pets in your home, but it can make a bad impression if you don't. Here are some things you should think about when your selling with pets:

  • Clean up any pet mess in the yard. It is possible that people will want to see the property, and you want to avoid any unpleasant experiences while they do so.

  • Take extra care to clean up pet hair. I know it seems like it is everywhere… all the time, but it is essential to try and clean up pet hair in your home. Also be sure to clean up things you may not use or move all the time because it can build up there.

  • Keep the litter box clean. Bad smells in your home make a bad impression.

  • Candles or air fresheners can help avoid your home smelling like your pets when people are there for viewings.

  • Do your best to keep your pet's things tidy or out of sight. Things like dog beds, leashes, crates or cages are best out of sight altogether, but at the very least clean and tidy.

  • Make plans for your pets during showings. It may be best for your pet to be at a friend's home, or contained. An unpleasant interaction with your furry friend may leave a bad taste in a potential buyer's mouth. They may be allergic, or simply frightened of dogs.

It is important to remember that when showing your house it is important to let the buyers imagine themselves living there. Depersonalizing the space is important, and that includes not only yourself, but your pets as well.

If you have any questions about this subject, you can call us at (902) 826-3070 or email us at to set up a meeting with one of our lawyers at our Tantallon law firm. You can also schedule a no commitment Issue Review Consult for $100+HST where you have the opportunity to explain your situation to a lawyer and get basic advice before deciding whether or not you'd like to retain us.  

By: Briana C. O’Grady J.D – Associate Lawyer

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