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Pets fill our home with love, but they can make it more difficult to show a home that is for sale.

I recently staged a home with ten pets!

On the phone, it sounded a bit like mission impossible: helping a young couple with 9 rescue cats and a dog prepare their home for sale.

Even animal lovers can have difficulty seeing the beauty of a home with a large number of pets in residence. Then, factor in that not everyone is an animal lover and some are even allergic to pets…well, it makes it tougher for a house to shine.


Our sweet Claire.

Quick tips to stage a home with pets.

  • Deeply clean the entire home–fur, dust, footprints, and spilled kibble must go.
  • Ask a trusted friend or stager to go through the home for any sights or scents.
  • Repair any damage to the home–scratched doors or trim, and stained carpets.
  • If you normally cover the furniture, make sure that the room shows at it’s best. Purchase neutral blankets or throws if yours are not in great condition.
  • If Fido or fluffy shreds your window treatments, consider removing them to let in natural light.
  • Make sure that pets do not overwhelm any of the rooms in the home. Remove cat trees, large pet beds, and litter boxes. Contain toys in a pretty basket or storage box.
  • If you have a large number of pets, try to arrange for them to stay with a friend or board them for showings and open houses. Realtors can be very helpful in scheduling your showings on preferred days or with 24 hours notice.
  • If you only have a few pets, take them with you when you leave before a showing.
  • Even if you think your pets are friendly–still consider taking them out of the home. Strangers in the house create a stressful experience for your furry friends. Their behavior might be unpredictable.
  • Exotic pets such as birds, reptiles, and rodents are no exception. Take them with you to avoid escape, injury, or nipped fingers! Many families bring children to showings and they might touch a pet that prefers to be left alone.
  • Convert “Pet Space” to “living space”. If you normally have a room for your pets’ enjoyment, you might want to showcase it as an office, play area, or reading room. With a simple shift of furniture you can create something that will appeal to prospective buyers.
  • Don’t forget to neutralize your decor! If you have a lot of pet photos, animal art, and ¬†decorative items–you can declutter and depersonalize the space so that potential buyers can picture it as their own.

Luckily, the people that I worked with were able to take these tips and show their home to it’s best advantage.