I love my cats and I have three of them. They have the run of the house all the time. I don't let them get on the table or the counter-top when I'm home, but of course I find the occasional item knocked off the window sill over my sink, so I know they MUST go there when I am sleeping or at the office.
I also have two large dogs. When I am home they have the run of the house, they also have crates inside for sleeping and a fence outside.
BUT, my house is not on the market. I am fully aware that most people would walk into my house on any given day and think it was a zoo.
Recently I showed a home that had at least 15 cats and smelled like more. I really couldn't count them as they were running and hissing and trying to escape out the door. The sand boxes (and I didn't count them either) were not scooped, there were ants in the cat food and water had been spilled in the basement.
It's not my listing, so while it's not my place to have a sit down meeting with the owner, maybe they will read this post. I did give feedback to the listing agent and I will NOT be showing that house while it is still occupied again. My clients will not be making an offer on that house either.
We really couldn't tell much about the house because the smell prevented us from staying long enough to really tour it. The view outside was lovely. The garden was nice, the decks were fabulous. The price is good. It has a fruit trees, a carport, a storage shed and a nice lakeside dock and seawall.
If you are listing your home and you love your pets there are some things that are a must.
- Feed your pets when you are home
- Scoop the litter box
- Crate or walk your dogs during showings
- Crate your cats during showings.
And while this is just a suggestion... if you have 15 cats... just move first and then maybe your home will have a reasonable chance to sell.
I know I would need to move with 5 animals, have my carpets professionally cleaned and paint and removed drapes to get rid of the cat dander in my house. I do these things on a regular basis just because I want to live in a clean house, but again, my house is not currently on the market. And I do love my pets.
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