We are a nation of pet lovers and do allow our pets a free run in our houses and gardens which is great but when we are selling our houses we must remember that not all of us are pet lovers. Therefore, we do need to minimise the presence of pets in the property and garden. If your family pet has had a chew on your carpet or damaged the paintwork this is a good starting point, start here. Repair or replace carpeting and touch up the paintwork, it is also best to have your carpets cleaned to remove stains or pet odours, remember, you may not smell lingering pet odours as you are used to the smell but non pet owners will.
Ensure your garden is cleaned also and that no one steps in anything unexpected this would be very off putting to a buyer.
Before viewings clean thoroughly, hoover, wash floors to eradicate pet hairs, odours and paw prints, remove litter trays, food and water dishes. If at all possible, during viewings, have the pet taken out for a walk or removed to the garden. Dogs should never be allowed to bark at or jump up on viewers, some people are scared of pets and this may make the viewing uncomfortable for them. At all times, viewers full focus should be on the house and not trying to escape a sniffing pet.
Remember this disruption to your normal pet friendly life is only for a short time during the house sale period and if it will help to sell your property then it is worth the effort.
Margaret Peebles is an experienced Property Manager with more than 20 years of experience in the property market. For more information or advice or selling your property contact Margaret on 01577 862302 or email email@example.com