I have clients who are having some difficult time with their marriage, so they have decided to put their home on the market, and go their separate ways. I stop by and access their property, write up the listing paperwork, and tell them the bad news. The dogs have to go.
Why, they asked. My answer, some people don't feel comfortable in a house with dogs, any dogs, do you want to sell the house? If so, take the dogs somewhere else. At that point, they had 3 dogs in the house. The house was clean, and didn't smell or look like dogs lived in it, but they did. The next day, I came by to leave some things, and the owner showed me his new pit bull. I guess he didn't really want to sell, because everyone who's seen the house could only talk about the dogs.
I know some people don't get it, but if you have dogs or cats in the house, you are eliminating part of your potential buyers before they ever see the house. I know a lot of people who have bad reactions to cats, and will not buy a home that a cat has lived in, even if it has new carpet.
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