How Much Will My Pets Cost Me When I Sell My House?

We all know that lots of rental property don’t allow pets, but did you ever consider what that could mean about your own home. Pets can do a certain level of damage to a home, making it more difficult and costly to sell. We encourage you to take a look at the following reasons and decide if having a pet is worth it to you!

DISCLAIMER: We have multiple pet loving team members!

Alexa has her dogs Despereaux & Winnie and Rayce has his dog Mack and cats Mau & Lucky! Adriane has fish and Erin has fish, a lizard and a cat named Sophie!

Physical damage

Animals don’t always make it outside or to the litter box when nature calls. They have accidents and instincts that tell them to scratch, dig and chew. Cats and dogs can do some serious damage to carpets, the trim around the walls and even on windowsills. Plan to replace stained and torn carpet as well as damaged trim. At very least steam clean your carpet before listing your home.


Once you’ve gotten used to the smell of your pet, you don’t notice the day to day pet odors. That certainly doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Animals leave a very distinct smell in a home that can sometimes be overwhelming to potential buyers. There are times that pet odors are so strong that buyers decide that they don’t even want to go inside to look at the property. They can also cause allergic reactions, leaving an unpleasant impression on buyers. Consider renting an ozone machine to remove the pet smell from your house and be sure to clean the litter box and the back yard before any potential buyers come over.


Plan to have your fur friend living somewhere else while your home is on the market. You don’t want to go through all of the cleaning and repair work and have your pet damage something or have another accident on your new, clean carpet. There is no greater distraction than a barking dog or grumpy cat during a showing. You want your potential buyers to have the most pleasant experience in your home. As much as you love your pet, the next home owner may not. There are pet day care services available at locally, or you can ask friends and family if they would be willing to host your pet.

Here’s the breakdown of what a pet could cost you

$60/hour Repairman
$750-$2500 Carpet Replacement
$32/hour Steam Cleaner Rental
$50/hour Ozone Machine Rental
$33/visit Pet Day Care

While there isn’t an exact number you can see how quickly the price can add up. You may wonder if it’s worth all the money for the repairs just to sell your house, yes. Your house may stay on the market longer (costing you money) and you may not be able to get the best price for your house if you don’t remove the traces of your pet from your home.

This may seem like a lot of money, but it’s nothing compared to the love, affection and loyalty you get from your pets. Right?

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Professional Pet Photo by Kate English Photography

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