If you have a pet, there is a strong chance you love it and treat it as part of your family. Of course, not everyone feels the same way about animals. This often poses a challenge for homeowners with pets, because if some buyers don’t care for pets, the selling process can be a lot more trying.
Try to accentuate the positives
If your pet is a big part of your life and home, it stands to reason your house is pet-friendly. Therefore, it might be a positive idea to accentuate these features and make sure prospective buyers are aware this is a home suitable for pets.
Some buyers will not take their initial interest further, but other buyers might take a greater liking to your home. While vendors are encouraged to minimise personal items around the house, a well-placed photograph or toy might create a connection which helps a prospective buyer to take a greater interest in your property.
Also, if you own a dog, and there are great walking routes in the local area, make sure you tell the prospective buyer about the paths. If there are reliable local pet stores, pass this information on. Buyers want to buy more than a house; they want to buy a place in a local community where they can feel at home.
If you have enjoyed owning a pet because of features or services in the local area, make sure other people who might feel the same know about these features and benefits too.
Minimising the damage caused by pets around the home
Of course, while accentuating the positives is a sensible activity, you also need to minimise any problems caused by owning a pet.
Some pet owners no longer see damage, stains or marks caused by their pet. Many pet owners take bite marks and scuffs as par for the course when it comes to having a pet. However, this isn’t how prospective buyers will view these stains and marks.
You need to ensure you look at your home with a fresh pair of eyes, and when you spot problems, resolve them as quickly as you can.
Don’t forget smells
In the current climate, if you are only offering virtual views, you don’t need to worry about how your home smells or feels to touch, the look is vital. However, for a physical viewing, you must ensure your home smells welcoming.
You might have become accustomed to the smell of your pet at home. If this is the case, ask someone else to smell around your home, and if there are lingering problems, take action!
We have considerable experience and expertise in the South West of London. We are ideally placed to help vendors, tenants and landlords during this challenging time. If you have any questions regarding the South West London property market, please get in touch with Holmes Estate Agents today.