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23 MAY

Staging & Selling a Home with Dog & Cat Pets

By Jeff Lichtenstein

Staging & Selling a Home with Dog & Cat Pets

Today we have a new addition to the family. Chloé (my wife thankfully won naming rights, as my son wanted to name the dog “Chuck Norris”) is a Cavachon. A Cavachon is a mix of King Charles & Bijon. She will join our Persian rescue cats, Knuckles & Daisy, along with 2 kids and a fish tank. Why we have all these creatures I’ll save for another blog. This article is on how to stage a house with pets if you are selling. Thankfully, our Egret Landing Jupiter home is not for sale!

Pets can destroy a sale. Turn-offs include litter boxes, urine stains on carpeting, odor, lawn droppings, chewed furniture, paw & lick marks on windows, pet food, noise, and even presence. If you have pets, and are thinking of selling, here are my recommendations….


As much as you love your furry friend, there is a chance the new buyers won’t. Some people have phobias, allergies, and some just don’t like animals or have long-standing fears. They get turned off from jumping and licking. Best to keep them out of sight.  A car ride is the first choice followed by a walk or perhaps in the garage if cool.  The laundry room is the last resort.


See above. Barking and whimpering are a huge distraction.

Pet Food

Model homes that builders are trying to market don’t have pet food, dishes and toys on the floor. Buyers trip on it, smell it, see it. Just remove it or hide in the panty.


Constantly vacuum if you have a shedder. It’s a turn-off and looks like you don’t take care of and clean your home. People with allergies or perceived allergies will almost rule your house out on first sight.


Odor is one of the top reasons people do not purchase. If they don’t like the smell, it is almost impossible to overcome because people do not believe it will come out. Carpeting with lots of stains needs to be replaced.  More on that below. Air scrubbers and HEPA filtration are last-ditch efforts.


Carpeting with lots of stains needs to be replaced, not cleaned, including the pad. For one, the stains usually do not come out; secondly, the odor won’t come out because it’s in the padding as well.  Think Jerry Seinfeld’s car…”It still Smells!!!”


Do not leave droppings outside. Nothing will kill a sale faster than the Buyer avoiding land mines. The Buyer is there to look at your house. Stepping in you-know-what doesn’t give them that “meant to be” feeling.


Dispose of any chewed or stained furniture. Buyers assume if the sofa is scratched, then other parts of the house are neglected. (I guess we will need to replace ours at some point)


Dogs love to scratch and put their nose to the window. Replace windows or tint with those scratch marks. Constantly wash the areas with nose marks.

Litter Box

Keep it out of sight! First choice would be to throw it in the car trunk so it can’t be seen. Second choice is the garage or covered in the laundry room. You can also purchase litter boxes with covers on them. Seeing litter or sniffing foul odors can be a deal killer turn-off.


Posted in Homes For Sale, real estate on May 23, 2012 at 7:39 am.


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