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post #1 of 10
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Hi all,

I have a difficult situation. I am being relocated 950 miles away from my home. I have put my house up for sale and I have 6 cats living in it. Any suggestions for how to handle having your house shown with cats? My realtor asked if I could take them out of the house. (Not an option) We have done everything we can to minimize the footprint of having 6 cats. We can't board them...we can't move them yet.... Is there a way to stage the house where the cats won't be viewed as a problem ?

Any ideas?

Thanks
SystemXpert.
post #2 of 10
I know someone with multiple cats who had a similar situation when they wanted to sell their house. When they were showing the house, this person put the cats in one large area (I believe it was a room in their basement) along with an air purifier. They ensured the litter boxes were clean before the house was shown. While they are sure they lost out on some offers because some people simply don't want to buy a home that has many animals in it, I doubt that was really the case. Just ensure the area is as clean and tidy (and smell free) as you can before showing the house.
post #3 of 10
Yes, I would agree with that. Try to confine them to one area, so they aren't roaming freely around the house, whenever you have a viewing.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by LokisMum View Post
Yes, I would agree with that. Try to confine them to one area, so they aren't roaming freely around the house, whenever you have a viewing.
And obviously have everything cleaned and scooped before any viewings as well.
post #5 of 10
I just sold my house. I only have two cats. We either tried to take them with us, which rarely happened, or just confined them to the basement. Occasionally, the house was shown with them roaming around. We did move their litterboxes and dismantled one of them. Then I did a thorough cleaning of the room they were stored in. If I had the time when the house was being shown, I would use the apple/cinannmon trick and make the house pleasantly fragrant.

I also moved their cat trees to the basement and moved all pet toys to the garage.

The people the ended up buying the house actually had children with allergies. They requested a pet dander carpet treatment and furnace cleaning, but that's it.
post #6 of 10
make sure to air out the house befor hand because people who don't have pets can smell them a mile away. Also disguise the litter and make sure there are no litter bits on the floor, you may also want to make sure the cats food area is clean with a clean rug on the floor etc. Make things as tidy and smell free as possible
post #7 of 10
Would it be possible to relocate the kitties to a garage for the short time of the house showing so that the house can be aired out and smelling fresh?
post #8 of 10
hee hee - laughing at this thread as apparantly the cats were the big selling point in our house!!!! The little daughter of the lady who has bought the house told her Mummy that she really wanted the 'kitty cat's house'!!!!! They offered the full amount on the spot!!!

Good luck with yours!!
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by SystemXpert View Post
Hi all,

I have a difficult situation. I am being relocated 950 miles away from my home. I have put my house up for sale and I have 6 cats living in it. Any suggestions for how to handle having your house shown with cats? My realtor asked if I could take them out of the house. (Not an option) We have done everything we can to minimize the footprint of having 6 cats. We can't board them...we can't move them yet.... Is there a way to stage the house where the cats won't be viewed as a problem ?

Any ideas?

Thanks
SystemXpert.
When my husband and I sold our house, we had four cats. We put the litter boxes in the back yard and put them each in a carrier before we left (right before the showing). We were able to do that because I was in school and usually home. If you don't have that option, maybe you could set them up in a spare bedroom or something for the day and put a sign on the door... "Don't let the cats out, please."

Our realtor wasn't about too happy with us either... but whatever. What are you going to do, you know?

Good luck!
post #10 of 10
I've sold 2 homes with pets. The first had 5 dogs and 7 cats and last year we sold one with 2 dogs and 13 cats. We removed the pets both times but had to get very creative about it.

For the first one we moved 800 miles, and DH and I lived apart for 9 months while trying to sell the old house. My BIL fostered 2 of the cats and I brought 4 cats up to the new location - kept 2 in an apartment and the other 2 with a co-worker foster. The dogs were kept outside in a fenced yard. That left 1 cat around the house which was OK with the realtor (the cat actually showed up after we moved the other 6 cats and she was mostly outdoor anyway). We drove up some cats and flew up others. Last trip up had the 5 dogs and 3 cats in a cargo van.

The last house we simply bought the new place, moved in, then put our old house on the market. It was so much easier, but we only moved about 60 miles this time around.

You would be surprised at the number of folks that would be willing to foster your babies during a move like this. The real estate market isn't the best right now and you need all the advantages that you can find.
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