any domesticated or tamed animal that is kept as a companion and cared for affectionately.
Do you have pets?
These are mine. Henry and Vivian…I love them.
Did you know that an estimated 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned in the United States? Approximately 44% of all households in the US have a dog and 35% have a cat. (Source: American Pet Products Association 2015-2016 APPA)
More cats and dogs live in the United States than any country in the world. I love Henry and Vivian, just as the 3 in 5 Americans who own pets love theirs. Americans have pet love.
With all that American pet love you wouldn’t think having pets would ever be an issue…”cuz hey…we love our pets.”
But it is.
Having pets is an issue when you’re selling your home.
Turns out American pet love doesn’t run deep with prospective home buyers.
And while there are all sorts of statistics on pet ownership, there are no hard statistics on pets impact on home values…you’re just going to have to take my word for it. And what I can tell you comes from years of experience and common sense.
A buyer’s perception of the value of a property isn’t going to increase with the evidence of pets. Most buyers are going to consider the presence of pets derogatorily.
Best, kindest, least impactful thing I’ve ever heard a buyer say about pets in the house?
“This house is so clean I’d never guess they had a dog.”
And what does that mean? It means that if they had to guess, they’d guess a house with a dog would be less clean than one without one.
Pets are a hindrance, not a help to the sale of a home. They may decrease not boost the value of your home.
So what’s a seller to do??
In a nutshell…
Make those beloved pets disappear…as well as you literally and figuratively can.
Some practical suggestions:
Replace any stained or smelly carpet or be prepared for an offer that reflects the buyer’s assumption that they will be replacing the carpet.
Don’t leave pets at home for showings.
Stow away bowls and leashes.
Consider asking a friend or pet loving family member to foster your pets while your home is on the market.
None of this sounds easy does it?? Because it isn’t.
That’s why the most practical suggestion I offer is this…
Accept that pets add an extra layer of pain in the butt when it comes to selling your home and possible bite in the butt when it comes to value…but remember pet love. Remember how much you love your pets, remember how much joy and good juju they bring into your home…prospective home buyers’ pet love doesn’t run deep…but yours still can.