Selling your home can be a lot of work, and vendors must overcome a lot of obstacles in their way. In the current climate, selling a house is a tricky proposition, and this is why Williams of Petersfield is here to ensure you receive the best standard of service, no matter your circumstances. If you’re a vendor with a pet, we have tips to help you sell your home.
Pet owners inevitably see the animal as part of their family. However, not everyone else feels the same. There will be prospective owners who have no time for animals, and the presence of a pet in a house might put them off the idea of buying a house.
There will be some buyers who will not consider buying a home where the vendor has pets. There isn’t a lot you can do to appeal to these buyers, but there are steps you can take to appeal to every other prospective who might have an interest in your house.
Accentuate the positives
Any homeowner who has a pet that is a big part of their life will likely have a pet-friendly set-up at home. It is a good idea to accentuate these positives, and make them a feature of your home. While it is a great idea to minimise personal belonging and items, a well-placed photograph of you and your pet can spark a connection with a likely buyer.
If you have found some popular dog walking routes, or there are pet shops you use in the local area, be sure to advise potential buyers of these locations. A prospective buyer isn’t only looking for a house, they want to connect with the local area. By pointing out places of interest that will help a new homeowner settle into an area, you enhance the chances of them making an offer on your home.
Minimising the damage caused by pets around the home
As well as accentuating the positives of your home, there is a lot to be said for minimising the negative parts of your home. A lot of dog owners take things for granted. You might consider stains, bite marks and scuffing to be a normal part of home-life, but a prospective buyer is unlikely to feel the same.
You need to review your home from the mindset of a buyer, and if you spot potential problems, these need to be resolved.
Don’t overlook problematic smells
If you are only offering virtual views of your home, your main focus in ensuring your home looks fantastic. However, if you are offering a physical viewing, you must consider the importance of all five senses. Your home must feel good, and more importantly, it must smell good.
A lot of pet owners become immune to pet odours, but a prospective buyer stepping into your house for the first time will instantly recognise nasty odours in your home. Take the time to review your home and ensure it smells pleasing.
At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield 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.