The difference between a property that sells quickly and one
that sits on the market for months on end has much to do with first
impressions. If you have a pet (or several), they will not know
that this is the case because they don't really understand you.
Unless, that is, there is food thrown into the bargain.
When you're selling a house it's not a bad idea to make it seem
as if an animal has never lived there. A day at the poodle parlour,
a trip to the cat spa - whatever it takes, get rid of the animals
when you know you have a viewing and remove all traces of their
occupancy. They'll forgive you!
Exterior Damage: While animals love nothing
more than to dig holes in the garden, damage plants, scratch, chew
and defecate on decking and fencing, unfortunately buyers
don't like these things. What are buyers going to think if the
exterior of your property looks like a dog's dinner? Keep an eye on
these potential problems for a smooth transition from front gate to
Odours: Smells are the No. 1 pet problem that
need to be fixed before you attempt to sell your home. Not only are
pet odours very obvious when buyers first enter a
home, they are usually very difficult to get rid of. Home buyers
know this and could immediately scratch your house off their list.
Although getting rid of odours the right way might mean making an
investment, the benefit and resulting resale value are well worth
Stains: Pets have accidents, many of which you
don't notice until they've become set-in. These stains
can affect your carpet and flooring, drywall and trim, and your
furniture. It's important to address them before you list your
house because buyers will notice -- and perhaps smell
-- the stains immediately. If there are stains in your carpet, a
simple spot treatment will rarely do the trick. It's best to
replace stained areas with new patches of carpet and, if necessary,
carpet pad. Stains on laminate or vinyl floors should be replaced,
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