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 m.peebles@jgwilson.co.uk



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Making a Will is one of the most important things we can do – after all it determines how our most personal possessions and hard-earned savings will be shared among close family and friends.  It is often a simple and inexpensive process.  However failure to make a Will can pose major difficulties for those left behind, for instance, by paying more tax than necessary.  Your estate – money, other assets and possessions – could be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes.  It is particularly important to leave instructions if you own property.

The Contents of a Will

It is advisable to consult a solicitor before deciding what to put in your Will. A Will can cover a range of issues, including:

  • Who should inherit your property, money, other assets and possessions;
  • How your children should be cared for;
  • Who should be responsible for ensuring your wishes are carried out (the executors);
  • Special arrangements for your funeral; and
  • Charitable donations you would like to make.How a Solicitor Can HelpWills are often straightforward but some involve complicated arrangements. Even is your Will is simple and you want to write it yourself, it is advisable to consult a solicitor to avoid pitfalls and ensure all the legal formalities have been followed correctly, otherwise it may be invalid. DIY and internet Wills are available but there are obvious risks where no personal advice is given.
  • Acting as an executor: Executors are responsible for dealing with assets of the estate. Solicitors are often named as executors when a Will is drawn up. Others, such as family members, can also act as executors.
  • Going to Court: If there is no Will, it may be necessary to apply to the Sheriff Court to appoint an executor. A Solicitor will have to prepare the forms for the Court to appoint the executor, who is usually the nearest next of kin and may not be who would have been chosen had a Will be made.
  • Changing a Will: Changes can easily be made to Wills – a solicitor will ensure they are legally binding.
  • Keeping a Will safe:   It is important to keep your Will safe. If your solicitor has drawn up the Will, he or she will usually keep the original and send you a copy.For any advice in connection with making a Will please call Elaine Grounds, Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal (Wills & Executries) on 01577 86302
  • e.grounds@jgwilson.co.uk

Snow again

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One of the questions an agent is often asked is ‘How should I handle viewings?’

In most cases your agent will be happy to assist with this task as they are after all, the professionals who are trained  in this role to answer any awkward questions or indeed, to sell the good points of the property and the area. However, some homeowners understandably prefer to do this on their own.

Creating the right atmosphere is vital. It goes without saying that the house should always be spotlessly clean and tidy, fresh flowers or perfumed candles can add a pleasant light fragrance to the home, soft music in the background can create the right ambience.

If you have young children or pets it can be a good idea to ask a relative or friend to take them out for a period allowing you time to dedicate your full attention to the viewers without any distractions.

When your viewers arrive they should always be greeted with a smile, made to feel welcome and offered a copy of your schedule. Start by showing them the principle rooms in the house first, such as the main lounge, always allowing them to enter the room before you as this way the room seems less crowded.

Show the viewers around taking time to chat and make them feel relaxed. Be honest but do not point out any negatives such as “we don’t have much storage”. The viewers may think the storage is excellent, in fact, twice as much as they have at present!

After the viewers have seen around the house and surrounds allow them time to browse to take in the rooms and the atmosphere in the home, keeping a discreet distance but stay on hand should you need to answer any questions? It is a good idea to have copies of utility bills to show the viewers.

It is perfectly acceptable to offer a cup of tea or coffee if you feel the viewers are keen to stay and chat about the house.

One thing to be wary of is being put on the spot and discussing an offer with the viewers. This is best left to the agents;   refer viewers to them on this point as you may end up accepting an offer less than you should.

At the end of the viewing thank them for their interest and invite them to return for a second visit at a later stage.