Lagniappe Living in Lake Charles, Louisiana: How to Successfully Sell Your Lake Charles Home With Pets

How to Successfully Sell Your Lake Charles Home With Pets

As a Lake Charles Real Estate Agent, showing several Lake Charles homes this week I encountered:
  • dogs loose in the house I had to corral and prevent escaping out the front door
  • A bedroom with overwhelming pet urine odor in the carpet
  • Being welcomed with a puppy training pad along with what puppy left behind at the front door entrance

I was inspired to do this video blog and share with Sellers who have a Lake Charles Home for Sale the opinions of buyers who view a Lake Charles home where pet odor is noticeable. As a Lake Charles Real Estate Agent, I frequently hear feedback from the home showing which is not always positive.

  New Puppy at HomeWho doesn't love cuddly cute puppies and kittens? I am a pet lover and own two little Pomeranians. You might say I have always been a little on the obsessive compulsive side when it comes to keeping my home environment and my pets very clean. However, not all pet owners may be aware that they have a pet odor problem and sometimes when you are trying to sell your Lake Charles home, those animal companions may not be your best friend.

Pet owners love their pets dearly but as we all know, un-attended pets can get into mischief. I know this first-hand with a new puppy! Keeping your pet crated while you are gone during the day is the best way to avoid coming home to a mess or discovering your expensive molding has been used as a teething object for your bored pet!

When buyers are viewing Lake Charles homes for sale and they get a whiff of Fido, the pet odor is a turn-off. Sellers who have their Lake Charles homes for sale usually have advance notice of a home showing. If you know your Lake Charles Home for Sale is being shown to a prospective buyer, don't go to work and leave the puppy training pads on the floor, or leave your pet loose in the home! A buyer who discovers your "pet's surprises" while viewing your home is not the impression you want a buyer to remember about your Lake Charles Home for Sale.

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Try to remove your pets or make arrangements for your pet when your Lake Charles Home for Sale is shown to prospective home buyers.

Take your pet for a walk when your home is being shown. It is best for the pet not to be inside during the viewing. Why–because some buyers may be fearful of pets or allergic to pets. Seeing a pet could also trigger negativity or draw the buyer’s attention to look for damage to doors or scratches on the flooring.

A potential Lake Charles home buyer may love pets but also could be turned off if the house for sale smells like pets. If the home buyer notices Fido has chewed up the family sofa they begin to wonder what else Fido may have destroyed in the house!

Before listing your Lake Charles home for sale, get rid of pet stains and odors. Hire a professional to steam clean your carpet. Clean up puppy accidents right away and destroy the evidence of any training pads, or smelly trash. If you smell the cat litter box when you open the door that is not a good sign. You don't want your Lake Charles Home for Sale to smell like the kennel or the Vet!

First impressions matter. Home sellers need to understand that buyers are looking at more than just one property. Lake Charles Home Sellers should concentrate on making their home stand out among the rest of Lake Charles homes for sale.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsMarilyn Boudreaux • July 23 2011 12:14PM


Marilyn...great advice for sellers, too many time we find loose pets that try to get outside when you open the door. Then the whole showing is ruined trying to deal with a pet rather than viewing a home. Crate them if you can sellers.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 9 years ago

As Steve suggests crating is the best thing for pets who remain in a home for sale!

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) almost 9 years ago

Marilyn, Being I have only outdoor pets, I hate the smell of a pet in a house. Even birds, like I've had in the past, make a mess and need a clean up often. Great tips to clean and sell.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 9 years ago

Marilyn, Lola is adorable - certainly very playful. I commend you for your ability to stay focused on the message in the video and keep Lola distracted at the same time.  Excellent points regarding pets. I am an animal/pet lover. When a home is being sold ... the pet issues must be addressed!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 9 years ago

Marilyn - Lola's getting BIG!!!!  Well, for a pom, LOL.  Great advice - especially in this intense heat where we have all our windows closed as the A/C is blasting - no chance to air out the homes.  And, a good point that we, who live here daily, may not be as aware of the pet smells as others coming to our home. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) almost 9 years ago

Kathleen, it was a challenge to stay focused LOL,,,, Lola is 12 wks old and teething so all she wants to do is chew but I was determined to do my video blog!

Juli- Lola is 3 lbs now and I freaked out because she is only supposed to be 6 lbs grown up!   the Vet told me it is puppy weight and she will burn it off LOL  as you can tell she is "active"

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) almost 9 years ago



Another charming Boudreaux video. I like this smart post, as pets can really be a deterrent to buyers if they rule the house.

Posted by Scott Hayes, Realty Austin, Broker Associate ((512) 786-8300) almost 9 years ago