Selling Your House With A Pet

8th July 2020 posted in SELLERS

If you are looking to sell your home now or soon, we are here to help you. The housing market is open for business, and while there is a need to adapt to some new challenges, it is possible to connect with buyers and sell your home.

At Country Properties Baldock, we are pleased to say we are highly experienced in the local market. This expertise helps us to ensure you connect with likely buyers. We know dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation, but we are here to take you through the process from start to end.

We are also here to help you overcome any other barriers you face in the housing market when selling your home. If you are a pet owner, you likely treat the pet as part of your family, and they make you very happy.

The problem is, not everyone feels the same way. If you are a homeowner selling your house, you need to connect with buyers, and having a pet might make this more complicated than you would think. We are pleased to say we have helped many pet owners sell their home, and we are here to assist you.

A pet can add some charm to your home

For the viewing process, either physical or virtual, it is best to ensure your pet isn’t at home, if at all possible. However, having a souvenir or a few photographs of yourself and your pet might help you connect with likely buyers.

Vendors are advised to minimise personal belongings and family photos when selling your home. If a prospective buyer is bombarded with images of you and your family, they might find it hard to picture themselves living in the house.

However, a casual hint that the house is pet-friendly might be all a prospective buyer needs to imagine themselves and their family, including a pet, can set up a happy home.

Also, if you have a photo of a pet, and the prospective buyer is also a pet owner, it will likely come up in conversation. If you have any tips about local walking routes or pet stores, feel free to share this information. Buyers are keen to find a home in an area where they feel at home. If you make a buyer feel as though they can become part of the local community with their pet, they will feel more disposed to liking the property.

Minimise the problems associated with having a pet

If you have a pet, you might not see or smell some of the issues which put off prospective buyers. Homes with a pet will often take on an odour, and this can be off-putting. Right now, with virtual viewings taking place, this might not seem like an issue. However, if you haven’t resolved an odour issue by the time you welcome a likely buyer, you run the risk of them losing interest.

You also need to review the floor, doors, walls and furniture for damage caused by pets. You might take these for granted when living at home with your pet, but these are issues a prospective buyer will focus on.

The same can be said for your garden. If your pet plays in the outdoor area of your property, they might have dug holes, caused damage or left items around this space. Before you place the property onto the market, review your garden and ensure it is in good condition.

In line with Government guidelines, our Baldock Branch has reopened and is again staffed with our experienced team.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 895061 or 01462 742077, or you could email baldock@country-properties.co.uk  or ashwell@country-properties.co.uk.