Andrew Winter provides his top tips for managing your pets when you're trying to sell your property.
We all love our pets but we can often be blind to the impact they have on our houses and gardens. They might be your best friends but not in the world of real estate.
1) Let’s talk about the basics first. Many people are scared of dogs and simply dislike cats. It’s best if neither are around for open house inspections. Send them next door or to a friend’s, for as long as possible during the marketing period - that also goes for anything else that moves or could escape such as caged birds, mice, reptiles, rabbits and even ferrets.
2) Take a good look at your property, there will be animal evidence everywhere. Let’s start visually – pet fur sticks to everything – flooring, uphostery, cushions – you are going to need to vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!
3) Look out for scratched and damaged furniture and carpets. Check paintwork and door frames which may also be dirty or scratched.
4) Don’t forget outside – dogs especially cause havoc in the garden. It’s essential there are no “little surprises” waiting underfoot!
5) Which leads us to the unmentionable – the smell. Carpets are particularly affected and no amount of vacuuming or steam cleaning will eliminate odours that may have reached the underlay. The only solution is new carpet.
The final test is to get your pet hating friend around with fresh eyes and a nose! Now if your property passes the test – you officially are a pet free zone!
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