4 Steps to get out of the Doghouse


“No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.” 
 – Fran Lebowitz


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For seven wonderful years we had a 150 pound Great Dane whom we loved dearly, however, our wooden floors can’t say the same. Selling a house when you have pets can be tricky. We love our furry four legged friends, but often times the homebuyer who is buying your house may not.

In order for you to get top dollar for your house, the goal is to showcase it in a way that the potential buyer can envision themselves living in it. If there are too many personal items in the space including pets and everything that goes along with them, it can become challenging for the buyer to visualize their lifestyle when all they can see is yours.

So how do you go about selling your property when you have a pet? Here are some things to think about to help you get started:

  • Maintenance & repairs. At some point in time our pets may destroy something, big or small. Doors, walls, and floors are all common areas that may need some extra attention prior to listing your home.
  • Yard clean up and repair. Pick up any messes in the backyard regardless of the season. Check to see if the sod needs replacing, fences need of repair, favorite chew toys need to be removed, or perhaps that dog or rabbit house in the backyard may need to be removed for showings.
  • Clean and deodorize inside. As pet owners, sometimes we become immune to the smells within our home and many people are very sensitive to smells, good or bad. Make sure there are no odors associated with your pet such as unattended litter boxes. If you have carpets, hire a professional to clean them. Stay away from strong deodorizers because they can often mask the smell and make it worse.
  • Temporarily re-locate – Send your pet to a day camp, friend, or family member while your home is for sale. It will be less stressful overall not only for the pet, but for you, the realtor, and for the potential buyer. If you are unable to send your pet to another location while showing your home, remember to inform the agent/potential buyers prior to the showing, and tuck away food bowls, beds, and toys where it is out of the way and less visible.

Call House Coach today at 647-618-9845! We will help make this a positive and stress free experience for you and your pets.

Our Tips

Holy backyard, Batman! Does your dog bury more bones than they munch on? Start at the perimeter of your yard and circle inward to find your pup’s landscaping efforts and fill them in.


Even if your house is in excellent condition, and you’ve done your best to keep it clean, owning pets could take up to $30,000 off of its value if potential buyers notice odors or other pet issues

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Dame and Dogs is a professional dog walking, puppy, cat & house sitting company that resides in your area offering the highest level of love and care for your best friend’s individual needs servicing the South Riverdale area.

To find out more about our services, go to http://www.dameanddogs.com.

Joni Dick
Dame and Dogs
416-505- 5664

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