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Real estate news and updates from REALTOR® Nina Campbell. Nina gives the insider tips and resources for buying and selling real estate in North Vancouver, North Burnaby, and TriCities - Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Coquitlam.

Pets and Your House for Sale

Pets are a wonderful addition to any family. We have two indoor cats that are unbelievably spoilt.


Sometimes we forget just how stressful having our home for sale can be for our pets. Safety, anxiety and being conscious of their hygiene are important factors when selling or viewing a property.


  • Be conscious of pet odours and general maintenance of litter boxes, wet fur and paws, anxiety accidents, and excess shedding;

  • If running in and out of the home is not a problem or if it is, be sure the buyers and their representative are aware. Notes left in visible areas help viewers know how to best deal with your pets;

  • Consider having indoor pets that will be home for showings be placed in carriers to prevent accidental take offs. You can help prepare your pet by getting them used to their carriers a few weeks in advance of listing your home for sale. If you are at home and can, take them out for a little walk;

  • Let the buyers and their representatives know the names of your pets so that they feel a little more comfortable with the strangers entering their home. Even the friendliest of pets have a tendency to be protective; and

  • Clean up after your pet outside. There is nothing more annoying for buyers and their REALTORS® who really want to walk the property and are dodging or stepping in pet feces.

If you are a buyer viewing a home with pets, some considerations are:

  • Be cautious of safety. A friendly pet may inherently want to protect its domain. Call their name, don’t make sudden moves and keep little children away until you are certain the pet will tolerate them;

  • Be sure to know which pet can and cannot get out or if outdoor pets want to come in know if they belong to that property. Be cautious of the little escapers that wait for any opportunity to scoot; and

  • If buying a condominium, be sure pets are allowed and if so, how many are allowed, how big or how heavy must their maximum be. It is not enough to assume just because the present owner has a number of pets that you will be able to. A strata infraction can cost you weekly fines.

Pets are a large part of companionship and family. Tending to them is important when you list or view properties. As a pet owner, be sure your REALTOR® has all the details of what is important that needs to be relayed to the buyers and their representative.


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