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Selling Your House With A Pet

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Fri 19 Jun 2020

Selling Your House With A Pet

If you plan on selling your home in the near future, you face many challenges. The current climate is a difficult enough obstacle to overcome, but if you are a pet owner, you will face other challenges in ensuring your home appeals to buyers.

While many people across the country love pets, not everyone does. You need to present your home to as many people as possible, and this means it need to appeal to non-pet owners as well. There are a number of steps you can take to make your home more appealing, and if you need any additional guidance, please contact Coakley & Theaker and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Make the most of your home

While you want to make sure that your home appeals to as many people as possible, it is possible to include a few mementoes which might help you connect with pet lovers and owners. While you should minimise personal items around the house when selling your home, a few pictures of yourself and your pet might help you make a connection.

If you are a dog owner and you know of local areas that are great for walking your dog, be sure to pass this information. Buyers are keen to find out about the local area, and if the community appeals to them, they will be far more likely to make an offer on the property.

Try to minimise the problems caused by pets

Even the most passionate of pet owners will admit their pets can cause a few problems around the house. One problem is that if you have lived with a pet for a long time, you might have become immune to some of the issues which might stop a prospective buyer from falling in love with your home.

One issue that affects many pet owners when selling their home is the smell of the house. If you have lived with a pet for some time, you might have become immune to the smell. However, if you are offering a physical viewing, it is likely the pet smell will be noticed by prospective viewers immediately.

This might be all it takes to put a buyer off the idea of making an offer on your home. Therefore, it is crucial you ensure your home smells welcoming and attractive.

Similarly, there might be scratches and marks on furniture, floor, walls and doors caused by your pet. These are hazards that pet owners might not worry about on a daily basis, but when you plan on selling your house, these can be big problems. Take the time to review your home, and if there are problems, resolve them.

Don’t forget your garden

If your pet has free reign in the garden, they might have damaged it while having fun. Again, for homeowners, this isn’t a concern in the long-term, but if you plan on selling your house, buyers might not take too kindly to problems left or4 caused by dogs.

Spend some time cleaning and repairing your garden before placing it on to the market.

At Coakley & Theaker, we aim to support the local community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.