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How Pets Affect Viewings

Tuesday, 8th November 2011

Categories: Sales Selling Tips

Author: Peter Barry

There is an easy way to split people into two groups: those who love pets and those who freak out at the sight of a single cat hair on the sofa. Unfortunately, when it comes to selling your property you have to try to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible, and if you alienate those with an aversion to animals, you could be substantially narrowing your options.

Pet lovers cannot begin to comprehend the fact that some people just don’t like the idea of animals living harmoniously with humans. But there is a great proportion of the population who firmly believe that animals belong in the wild or in zoos and definitely not snuggled up on the carpet in your front room. If you do have pets, you are going to have to set aside your own animal-loving tendencies for the duration of the sale of your house. For viewing purposes, it’s best to just assume that no one likes pets, that way you’ve covered every eventuality.

Out of sight is out of mind

You Irish wolfhound might be allowed to wander freely around the house but he definitely needs to be sent on vacation when potential buyers come round. If you have an accommodating neighbour or friends living nearby, ask them to babysit your pets while viewings take place.

Pet perfume

If you live with pets, you have probably become immune to their unique aroma. However, anyone without pets will pick up on the smell of damp dog as soon as they walk through the door. Crazy as it might seem to pet lovers, this overriding presence of animals can actually put off buyers completely. They will immediately start adding up the cost of re-carpeting the house and replacing all the curtains and blinds.

Allergy alarm

A lot of people choose not to keep pets because they suffer from allergies. If your potential buyers start sniffing and sneezing as soon as they walk through the front door, they won’t be fully focusing on the house. You want people to cry with joy when they look around but not because they are suffering from an allergic reaction to your long-haired cat.

Hairy house

You might dust and vacuum your house every day but you can never completely eliminate those pesky pet hairs. It might be an unfair assumption but a clump of dog hair on the floor will alert potential buyers to the overall cleanliness of your house. If you have a cluster of viewings over a weekend, decamp your pets and get rid of every last hair and whiff of animal.

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