Many real estate agents are animal lovers and have pets of their own, but many of us have shared stories of having our fingers or ankles nipped by dogs of cats during a showing. We have opened the front door to the home we are showing only to have a purebred dog jump toward the front door and down the driveway to the nearest busy street.
If you have pets and are going to put your house on the market, be sure to work out the showing arrangements carefully. It is important for us to be able to communicate to our colleagues what to expect when they pass through your front door. It is rare for pets to pose significant problems, but big dogs can be menacing. Buyers or agents may be allergic or even a little nervous around dogs or cats.
It is difficult to get a buyer excited about your home if he or she is sneezing continuously or unwilling to cross the threshold because your dog is barking away intruders. If your agent knows there might be a problem, they can arrange ahead of time for you to walk the dog, vacuum the dog hair or cat hair or do whatever is necessary to make sure that the showing goes smoothly.
At the end of the day, selling your home is our number one priority!