Watermans Solicitors - Home selling with pets
Posted on 15 June, 2021Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay
Written by Kirsty Anderson, Outreach Manager for Watermans Solicitors
Our pets are our family and while your pet may have its special bed or spot in your home, it’s very likely, if your pet is a cat or dog, at least, that they’ll have the run of the house too. Pet mums and dads wouldn’t have it any other way, but it can mean that when you come to selling your home, you might need to give extra care and attention to the areas your pet frequents the most.
So, if you’re a pet owner, here’s out top tips for getting your home property-market ready. These tips may also come in handy for your homesitter too!
1. A freshen up
The future owners of your home may be allergic to animals or have asthma. Therefore, giving your home a deep clean to clear traces of dog or cat fur can be beneficial. If you’ve had your pet since they were little, keeping in mind areas in your home where they may have chewed that have been overlooked over the months or years, may need fixed or touched up. If there’s evidence of dog digging in the garden, patching up any bare spots can add to the saleability of your home. Overall, you want to give your property a spring-clean so that it feels fresh and new to a buyer.
2. Pet-free home
While a friendly, wagging tail may be a selling point for some home buyers, it won’t be to everyone, sadly. Making sure your pet is out of shot for the marketing of your property is best, as will moving your pet’s bed, food or toys aside too. All of your pet’s personal property can move back into place once the necessary pictures have been taken.
Moving home is a big life event for everyone involved and you want the experience to have as little impact on your furry friend as possible. If you have a dog, taking them out for a walk while potential buyers view your property can be advantageous in keeping their tail wagging and in giving viewers the freedom to see all that the property offers without any distractions. For other animals that need to remain in the home during viewings, keeping them occupied or content with a toy or treat can help to make property-walkarounds more straightforward.
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