We are a nation of animal lovers! According to Statista 62% of UK households have a pet, of which 34% have a dog and 28% have a cat. This makes us a nation of animal loving, dog walking, cat cuddling humans. Here are my top tips for selling a house with pets.
When it comes to selling a house with pets, it may not all be positive. You need to make sure potential buyers are not put off by the negatives which come when owning a pet. Top tips for selling a house with pets will be super duper helpful for you.
Do your pets love digging?
Make sure those burnt grass patches are re-seeded and the digging holes are filled. Especially if your dog spends a lot of time outside.
Remove pets stains and smells when selling a house with pets
Take the time and spend the money to have your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned. This can make a world of difference to the smell and appearance of your home.
Send your pet on a plate date!
I recommend that you send your cat or dog off to a friend or family member whilst you carry out viewings. This includes dogs, cats, birds etc but may not be necessary for smaller animals like hamsters, guinea pigs and goldfish.
Definitely do this for lizards, spiders & snakes because your buyers could be scared!
Clean your way to selling a house with pets
Your property must be thoroughly cleaned and hoovered before any viewings. Especially as your viewers may have allergies. Make sure there are no lingering odours that you may have become accustomed to when selling a house with pets . Bad smells can be really off putting and leave a lasting negative memory with the potential buyers.
I can tell immediately when I enter a potential clients home whether they have pets of not….I must have a trained nose!
Remove the evidence when selling
Remove cat litter trays and food bowls. Water bowls and toys scattered around the house & garden. Gather them all up and even pop them in the car whilst the viewing takes place. All out of sight!
These top tips for selling a house with pets are really good ideas to ensure they cause you no issues when selling and inviting potential buyers into your home. We love our pets and they are all part of the family but we need to remember the process can be very stressful for them too.
If you have viewings booked in make sure you read my 10 quick tips before a viewing