There are a lot of Boise homes for sale and many are offered by sellers who have pets.
If you’re a seller with pets, there are some situations that you shouldn’t put yourself or buyers’ agents through.
The following is a classic (true) example of what can happen when pets are present in a Boise home listed for sale.
A couple of years ago, I set an appointment to show a home in West Boise to one of my best repeat clients.
The listing included agent remarks that went something like “Please do not let FooFoo the cat out”.
Naturally, when I opened the front door, fluffy 15 lb. FooFoo darted between my legs and ran down the street.
The sellers weren’t home and the situation quickly spiraled out of control with my buyers’ two sons chasing the cat all over the neighborhood while yelling “Here FooFoo” at the top of their lungs.
My buyers were very distracted by the commotion and the showing turned into a disaster.
Ultimately, we failed to retrieve FooFoo and I called the listing agent and informed her that FooFoo was now her problem.
I’ve been through similar situations with sellers’ dogs, including being bitten twice by supposedly harmless, “friendly” dogs.
If you’re a seller, confine or remove your pets before showings!
Buyers, and their agents, are often reluctant to enter homes when a pet is present and not confined.
I’m one of those agents!
The risks of losing showings or losing a sale far outweigh buyers and their agents having to deal with your pets when you’re trying to sell your home.
Worse yet, consider what will happen if your pet injures a prospective buyer’s young child who thought it was okay to pet them.
During his 45 years of full-time real estate experience, Phil has helped thousands of past clients buy and sell quality properties in the Western U.S.
Phil is one of only ten local Realtors® (of nearly 5,600) honored with the coveted “Realtor® Emeritus” award from the National Association of Realtors®, recognizing 40 years in real estate.