How To Sell Your Thanet Home When You’Ve Got Pets
05/05/2024 1860
Maximising Your Home's Value: Selling Your Thanet Home with Pets

Don’t let your beloved family pet stop you from achieving top selling price for your property. Follow these tips to ensure buyers don’t get sniffy about making an offer on your home.

52% of British households have a pet*, you might assume buyers wouldn’t bat an eyelid at the prospect of viewing a property where a furry or feathered friend resides.

But many property hunters are put off when they visit a home where there are obvious signs and smells of pets.

The reasons for this aversion to animals can vary; a buyer may have an allergy, have had a bad experience in the past, or love their own animals, just not other people’s.

Whatever the rationale, as first impressions are so important when selling a property, it’s best to get rid of, or at least minimise, the signs of pet life in your home. Here’s how:

Prepare your property for sale

  • Give your home a deep clean to remove dirt, paw prints, and animal hair; this will hopefully reduce pet odours, too. While your home is on the market, be super vigilant regarding cleanliness.
  • Repair any damage caused by your pets, such as chewed or scratched woodwork, mucky skirting boards, or holes dug in the back garden.
  • Ensure all pet toys, bedding, litter trays, crates, and food bowls are out of sight when the marketing photographs are taken.
  • If there are pet items that you can’t hide from view, at least ensure they’re neatly organised.
  • Devise a plan for managing viewings because, ideally, you don’t want your pets at home when buyers turn up. Arrange for your pets to stay with a friend or pet sitter or lodge at a kennel or cattery while open days and viewings occur.

On the day of a viewing

  • Transport your pet to wherever they’ll be staying for the day.
  • Minimise signs of pet life from display.
  • Check that there are no lingering smells and, if necessary, open windows to let fresh air circulate.
* This article was initially published on April 23 but we amended it in May 2024 as our % was incorrect. We were informed of the latest research and data, As of 2023, 57% (16.2 Million) of UK's Households Own a Pet. This figure was changed after we were contacted by the World Animal Foundation who kindly fact-check all statistics. I want to thank them for their diligence as we want everyone to have the correct information. We have therefore republished the corrected article.  Here is a direct link to the stats:
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