DOGS MAY NOT BE MAN’S BEST FRIEND WHEN SELLING
March 18, 2017 | Richard Sites
What would life be without dogs? These special animals are indeed man’s best friend, except when it comes to selling your house. Here are a couple of thoughts on our canine buddies.
I have always had a dog, but when you are trying to sell your house there are some special considerations you must take into account.
Unless your dog goes to the groomer every week for a shampoo and smells like a newborn baby, there is undoubtedly some degree of doggy odor in your home. You may not notice it since you live there but buyers will.
When selling, it is important to address as many of the buyer’s senses as possible. Curb appeal with flowers captures the eye, soft music is pleasing to the ear and baking bread or cookies fills the house with pleasing aromas.
This is the same reason people like that “new car” smell.
I would recommend that you have your carpets professionally cleaned and deodorized so that when buyers enter they are greeted with nothing less than a pleasing smell.
And don’t forget to have the pet bed cleaned or moved to the garage. Although small, it may be harboring more than it’s share of odors.
Your dog may be the sweetest thing ever and love people but he/she can be a distraction to people considering buying the house. You are not trying to bond with the buyers, you want them to buy your house.
Have you ever seen a dog used as a selling aid in Bergdorfs? I think not.
Dogs are used as therapy in nursing homes and hospitals, not on the selling floor. And if you are home when buyers come (which I don’t recommend), don’t have your dog perform any of the tricks you think are cute. It is distracting to buyers. Show them these tricks AFTER they buy the house, if at all.
Even if you secure the dog in a kennel, people with come over to talk to the dog. If there are no other options, use the kennel, but if you have the chance to remove the dog from the home, this is your best option.
If a cute dog distracts buyers, a guard dog will have an even more extreme effect on the buyers. Under no circumstances can you have what is commonly called an “aggressive breed” on site when selling.
Any dog with big teeth needs to be removed when buyers are coming to look.
My uncle was a mailman (back in the day) and he told me many times after getting bit owners would say, “That’s strange, he never bit anyone before”! Don’t take that chance, take fido for a walk.
The Take Away
There is no way a dog can help you sell your house, they can only hinder the sale. But, if you follow my advice, you can overcome the problem and still sell quickly.
If you would like to have a conversation about getting your house sold, contact me directly at 561.8762.4073.