A range of issues can affect your ability to sell a house fast — and one of them is the presence of pets. While your pet might be part of the family, it’s very presence might put prospective buyers off.
Smells, messes and general disruption are just a few of the reasons why a lot of buyers prefer properties that haven’t been home to cats or dogs.
But there are ways to mitigate these biases. You CAN sell a house fast if you have pets — and here’s how.
Keep pets out of view during viewings
Although you might not like it, keeping your pets away during property viewings is the easiest way to overcome this issue. When you have a viewing scheduled, get someone to take your pet for a while. Sometimes, the mere presence of an animal in a home puts buyers off. So remove the pet from the equation — along with its possessions.
Remove and manage smells
If you’ve lived with your pet for some years, you may have become immune to the resultant odours. And certain pet smells can be very off-putting to buyers.
The easiest way to manage smells is to avoid carpet and upholstery. If you have them, however, make sure they’re steam cleaned regularly. You might also want to restrict your pet’s access to these surfaces when you’re welcoming prospective buyers into your home.
Remove any pet-related stains from your carpets and upholstered furniture. These issues can affect how people feel about your home generally. If you can’t remove carpet stains, buyers are very unlikely to want to keep the carpet when you move out. And that damages your chances of a quick sale at the best possible price.
You can use air fresheners, but don’t overdo it. Too much can be overpowering. And buyers will wonder what you’re trying to mask.
Repair damage caused by pets
Cats and dogs love to play and explore. Unfortunately, these pets cause damage to various surfaces and items of furniture over time. A cat, for example, might have taken to sharpening its claws on your dining table legs. A dog might like to use your cushions as a toy.
Repair or replace anything that is obviously damaged. Failing that, hide the damage during viewings. They’re all things you’ll be taking with you, so you’re not being dishonest. But the damage might raise concerns among your prospective buyers.
Tidy the garden
Whether you have a cat or a dog, the chances are your pet spends a lot of time outside your home. First impressions count when it comes to selling a house fast. If that first impression involves dog mess, untidiness and chaos, your chances of securing a fast sale diminish considerably.
Clean up any mess, tidy up, repair any external damage and generally “de-pet” the exterior areas of your home.
Bypass the open property market
If your home has obvious signs of a pet’s presence, you may not have the time or money to put things right. But that’s OK, as Sell Property Fast Cash can help. We buy homes in any condition.
We work with cash buyers who are ready to proceed today. And they don’t care about cleanliness and cosmetic issues caused by household pets.