I had an experience last weekend that reminded me why Boise home sellers should remove their dogs during showings.
I showed a qualified, pre-approved buyer a home that they had asked to see.
When I set the showing appointment, the seller informed me that their “friendly” dog would be in the house, would bark, but would be okay.
I arrived early to turn on lights and prepare for the showing and found Fido in the kitchen/family room behind a child gate that had been wedged into the hallway door with a rag to make it fit.
When I tried to remove the child’s gate, it became apparent that it would be difficult to reinstall, so I left it in place.
That meant that my clients and I had to climb over the child gate to enter the kitchen and family room.
And, my clients also had to hoist their two boys over the gate to enter and leave that area of the house.
Because I’ve been bitten twice by “friendly” dogs, and out of concern for the safety of my buyers, I began the showing by telling my buyers and their boys not to pet Fido.
Despite Fido’s attempts to escape into the back yard and the garage, we were able to contain him, albeit with a lot of distraction and concerns.
If you’re a seller, remove your dog during showings if you want to sell your home.
In addition to creating an uncomfortable environment during showings, you’re also risking considerable legal liability if your dog decides to nip at cute little Courtney, the buyer’s 3-year old daughter, during a showing.
Leaving your dog loose in your home during showings is enough to cost you a sale.
If you insist on leaving your dog loose during showings of your $300,000 home, you should realize that you have a $300,000 dog.