6 July 2015
Pets: Some tips when selling your home
Selling your home can be a stressful enough experience but when you have a pet in residence this can be more difficult.
Around 20 years selling and renting properties have given me a few insights that you might like to consider.
Pets can make potential buyers nervous
Many potential buyers, even those with pets of their own at home can be put off by even a mild mannered dog who is unsure about these strange people in their house. Let along if you have pet mice or snakes, although they are caged they can make a potential buyer nervous and that won’t help when they are trying to connect with your home.
You want them to feel at home, not having to rush through a room or worried about going out into the backyard.
Even if your reaction is “They will be fine, fully is a sweetheart, he won’t harm a fly”, the perceived threat felt buy the buyer is not what will help sell your home and really no owner can be certain how a pet is really going to respond when strangers enter the home in their absence.
The safest course of action is to remove them from the home whist t is listed for sale. It may be worth asking a friend or family members to care for the pet, or potentially board it at a nearby facility, if this is not possible, ensure they are removed during inspections and that your agent knows they are not there so they can put buyers minds at rest.
Remove Pet Stains and Odours
The presents of a pet will often cause an issue with the buyer (especially if they do not have pets themselves) and this can lead to them taking issue with the cleanliness and condition of the property.
Any stains, odours and damage caused are a big turn-off to buyers and this can have a negative effect on the perceived value of your home in the market.
To help your home bring the best possible price, consider having your home professionally cleaned, to help remove stains and repair any damage your pet may have caused.
Move the accessories out of sight
Keep an eye out for the tell-tale signs that there is a pet in residence. The goal here is to create a positive first impression with impression with potential buyers and the pet’s bowls, toys, etc. need to be cleaned up, just like you cleaned the kid’s rooms, clean up the pet’s toys and rugs in the yard, move bowls off the floor in the laundry to show more floor space. It’s all about presentation.