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Property Matters: A Quiet Word About Pets
Some homeowners spend thousands of pounds improving their property before going to market, yet they can be oblivious to issues that prospective purchases could regard as glaringly off-putting. Sometimes we have to point out some home truths if we are to enhance our client’s chances of selling quickly, and for an excellent price!
This is especially the case when it comes to pets. Just over half of British households own a pet. Yet housebuyers seem not to belong to the family of animal lovers, despite the fact that 70% of us lived in a pet-owning household as a child, and buyers can be very distracted when viewing a property that houses a pet.
It may be fear of a large or aggressive dog (66% of dogs are classed as medium to large), concerns about allergies or hair on clothing (there are 9.2 million cats in the UK) or the ‘stand on a chair’ squeamishness about rats
and mice. Don’t even mention snakes! Yakking, squawking or barking can also be an annoyance when a buyer is trying to concentrate on looking at
the property – and hopefully liking it.
Not all estate agents have the courage to talk plainly. But we say, if you are selling, please don’t ignore the effect your pet might potentially have on your sale. So take the dog for a walk when your agent brings buyers to view. Clean out the hamster cage twice a week, and make sure there are no cat hairs on any chairs. Freshly cleaned carpets not only smell better than ‘arôme du chien’, but they look good as well.
Fido might have shredded your slippers – but don’t let him wreck your sale!
David Maslen Estate Agents, 290 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 6JF,
01273 566777, www.maslen.co.uk