Not everyone likes pets, so it’s important that when you are selling your home you get rid of all traces of your two or four-legged family members. Here are some home selling tips for pet owners.
Hide your pets
The idea is to make your space appealing no matter whether your potential buyer is an animal lover or not. Remove cats or dogs during a showing. It is better that they are kept in an outside kennel. If you have reptile or bird cages, cover them. If you have exotic or rare pets such as rodents, spiders or snakes, make sure they are removed from the home during showings or you will scare away potential buyers!
Animals smell and they leave hair all over the place. Use whatever cleaning products are necessary to get rid of the stench. You will also need to stash away any food dishes, scratching posts and pet toys. If you have a garden, make sure all pet mess is cleaned up outside, the last thing you want is for a potential buyer to step in something!
Create a cleaning plan
To make sure your home is always inspection ready, you should create a cleaning plan. Create a check list of everything you need to do before an inspection. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything and you are not running around like a headless chook minutes before a viewing.
Don’t market your home to pet owners
When selling your home, you want to get it off the market as soon as possible. Telling your real estate agent to add “dog friendly” to the viewing instructions is a sure way of eliminating certain buyers. People who don’t like dogs, or any other type of pet usually have a reason for not liking them. By letting people know that you own a dog, you have already pushed away a percentage of the people who would otherwise have been interested in your home.
If you can afford it, you can make life a lot easier for yourself by moving out with your pet until your home is sold. This will mean that you don’t have to worry about getting rid of pet evidence when a potential buyer comes and your pet won’t have to deal with having their routine being disturbed every other week.
11 July 2017
It’s important that you do your research first, evaluate your options, and your current financial situation to minimise the stress of buying and selling your house.