15 May How Do You Sell A Home With Pets?
Preparing your home for sale with pets – a ‘How to’ Guide
This is quite a frequently asked question from sellers who are concerned that a pet can have a negative effect on the sale of their house. After all, whilst you may love your pet, a potential buy might be scared or even allergic to your pet. We can never remove the first impression that someone receives through their senses!
We understand that pets are great for emotional health, but they do not help you sell your home.
When you put your house on market for sale, you might need to do some serious housecleaning and repair work before you can command a competitive selling price.
Sellers want buyers to be able to picture themselves in their home. This means giving them the space to envision living there, space that is free from too many of your personal things – including pets and all they bring with them especially their toys, feeding dishes et al.
Here are our 7 tips to prepare for selling your home with pets. These tips are general, and of course, may or may not apply to your particular situation.
Talk to the Vet First
One important thing to keep in mind is that your animal has its own needs, needs that are best discussed with your veterinarian, especially important when your pet is older and may not adjust well to change. Selling a home can be just as stressful for the pet as it is for the homeowner.
Once on Market, Remove Pets During Viewings
When selling a home with pets, at the very least, you should remove them from your home when you are showing the property for sale.
Having a pet in the house or garden can create complications for your Estate Agent while trying to show the house, and puts your pet at risk of accidentally getting out during the process.
There are also liability issues should your dog or cat have a bad day especially if the buyer’s young child is curious about the pet.
If you are unable to remove a pet from your home, your next best option is to either put them in a contained space and let the buyer and your estate agent know about it in good time, or buy a pet-friendly cage to keep them in.
Repair Any Damage
Pet damage is never attractive when selling your home. Dogs and cats might damage or destroy – carpets, furniture, hardwood flooring, walls, doors, turf in your garden and your fence.
Any damage should be repaired prior to viewings. Regardless of the cost of repair, the value you will get for your house will be well worth paying for the repairs.
Remove Pet Odours and Stains
Pets have accidents and while it is possible to get used to the pet smell over time, new visitors to your home will be sure to notice the smells.
This is not something you want to happen. Above all else, this may be the important tip for selling a home when you have pets.
Our sense of smell has a powerful effect on our emotions, our memory and on our perception of things.
Avoid this by having your carpet and flooring professionally cleaned, with a focus on removing pet odours.
If the staining or odours are too bad, you may need to replace the carpet in the problem areas.
Clean Your Garden
Pick up any messes in the backyard, and have any sod replaced and other damage repaired as necessary.
One of the best tips, when selling a home with pets, is to make sure you don’t neglect the garden, as this is just as important to some buyers as the inside of the home.
Selling a home with pets takes work, but it’s worth it in the long run! Your Estate Agent can give additional tips.
Remember Pet Liability Insurance
Did you know that you can be held liable for your pet biting someone while on your property?
One of the things you should do if you own a dog is check your home insurance policy. Alternatively, it may be specifically covered under a pet policy. It’s always important to check the policy but if in doubt call your insurance company.
You will want to check the exclusion in the policy wording to make sure it does not mention dogs or even animals in general.
Some insurance policies will exclude certain breeds such as Pit bulls, German shepherds, Rottweilers, Great Danes and others.
If you have pets and wondering how best to bring your property to market, why not have a chat with us today on 01325-776424.