Impact of pets on relo appraisal.

Asked by Divepro, Central, SC Tue Jul 20, 2010

Preparing to enter my company's home buying process which requires 2 relo appraisals and a full home inspection. Will have cats lower my appraisedprice? They are front declawed and good kitties. No damage what so ever ... my kids caused more damage (usual stuff). House is very clean .. vacuumed daily. Litter is cleaned several times per day (literally), so no smells....

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Maureen Cody, , Charleston, SC
Tue Jul 20, 2010
Dear Divepro,

Owning a pet doesn't have an impact on an appraisal, in and of itself. However, the condition of the home is factored in, and only if the pets have caused damage to the property will the appraisded value be affected.

Best of luck

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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Tue Jul 20, 2010
No it should not affect the relo appraisals. As others have stated, when the time comes to show your home, be sure to keep it tidy as it sound like you already do. I do not find buyers offended by the presence of pets, but they may be offended if there is a strong odor. So continue to keep the kitty litter cleaned daily so an odor doesn't get in your way.

But removing your cats for every showing is a bit over the top - and could be mighty upsetting for the cats. If there is a risk that they will bite or scratch a visitor, then that's another matter. But if not, then just make it clear in the agent remarks that you have cats - perhaps "please be careful that cats don't get out..." whatever you'd like to communicate.

But let me move on from the cat question and congratulate you on securing relo benefits as a part of your job tranistion - GREAT! - that will really help to ease what can be a stressful process.

Good luck to you!
Jeanne Feenick
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Alma Kee, Agent, Tampa, FL
Tue Jul 20, 2010
Ross is correct.... although it doesn't affect your appraisal value, some buyers are extremely offended if pets are allowed to reside "within" the house!

Once you get ready to show your house, hide all evidence of your pets for any showings. I actually will take the cats out of the house for showings during showings! Certainly dogs must not be present (even in the garage) during showings.

Good luck with your move.
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Thomas Tolbe…, Agent, Savannah, GA
Tue Jul 20, 2010
I think Maureen answered it best. Having pets does not lower appraisal value. Damage caused by pets, like any other damage, can affect an appraisal. Doesn't look like you have anything to worry about!
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David - Appr…, , Maricopa, AZ
Tue Jul 20, 2010
Household pets don't have any effect on the appraised value unless there is significant damage caused by the pets compromising the health, safety, and livability of the property and occupants. Such may be the case where there are a large number of household pets as with breeders, pet sitters and occasional elderly person who rescues strays. Generally any normal wear and tear associated with household pets can easily be corrected with basic cleaning and sanitizing of floor coverings and walls. Any appraiser should be able to determine the difference between no effect on value and effect on value, whether they like pets or not.
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Ross Morrison, , Seneca, IL
Tue Jul 20, 2010
Pets do not techincally lower the appraised value of a home. If they have caused no damaged to the home you should be alright. However, pets can have a negative affect on buyers. Pets may be part of your family, but a buyer may not be a fan of cats and dogs. Keep your home fresh, clean and odor free and you should be ok.
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Alma Kee, Agent, Tampa, FL
Tue Jul 20, 2010
Shouldn't affect your appraisal value since you stated there is no smell nor damage.

Good luck on your move!

All the best,

PS Can you also order your own 3rd appraisal to keep the other 2 appraiser's honest?
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