Lots of property owners own pets. In fact, 40% of the UK population own some type of pet. So it might be hard to believe that someone has an issue with buying a property that has previously been pet friendly.
Sadly, some potential home buyers may look at your pet friendly property in a negative light. They might try to get some of the value knocked off to get the property for a lower price, or even lose interest due to pets in the home.
But with these simple tips, selling your home whilst owning a pet shouldn’t be an issue.
Here’s how to sell your home with pets.
Remove your pet from viewings
Finding a place for your pet to go whenever there’s a viewing may be tricky, but it might be a necessary step if potential buyers aren’t fond of animals.
Viewers, and even estate agents, might feel uncomfortable around your pet. While you might think having them around the house is cute, others may not share your enthusiasm.
Potential buyers could also bring young children with them to viewings, which could make having a pet around an unsuitable environment, especially if it’s a larger dog.
Of course, it might not be possible to remove your pet from the property for viewings, at least not every time, but if you can’t arrange to be out with your pet, it’s a good idea to inform the agent or buyers prior to their visit.
Some pets can be destructive, and may can cause damage around the home. The damage might not be major, but it all adds up and could be a reason why your home isn’t selling.
Carpets, hardwood flooring, walls, and even outdoor areas could end up having some form of damage.
If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ll want it to look as presentable as possible, so it’s a good idea to repair any damage caused prior to listing your home for sale.
You might only need to do the odd touch-ups around your house, but it’s well worth the investment, having a well-kept home will make your property much more likely to sell.
Give it a thorough clean
Even if your home is relatively damage free from your pets, it’s a good idea to do a thorough clean and remove all pet evidence prior to photographs being taken and viewings taking place, this will make the home look clean and well kept for potential buyers.
It’s also a good idea to check over the garden to make sure there’s no damage or dirt left by your pets prior to a viewing.
Minimise pet odours
Once you’ve had a good clean up, it’s a good idea to air out your home to create a fresher, cleaner smell to ensure that the home smells good when potential buyers come to view.
Potential buyers will pick up on any animal smells quickly, so air fresheners and carpet cleaners are a good idea.
Getting your home sale ready
It’s important to make sure you minimise the impact of your pet when trying to sell your home, as it will often increase your chance of selling, so it’s a good idea to keep your house fresh, clean and, if possible, pet free for viewings.