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Making a home more pet friendly for potential buyers

Pets have typically been something to cover up when you’re showing your home. You’re supposed to remove all traces of them, their toys scattered all over the house, their fluffy beds in the corner, the fur balls rolling around the living room.

When showing your home

While some cleaning up after your pet is necessary and polite to do, for prospective buyers visiting your home, it might be helpful to show them how a pet has lived comfortably in your home or on your property. Clean up the toys and the fur balls, but leave the fluffy bed in the corner to show how you arranged your living space and left room for your four-legged friend.

Leaving the pet-friendly area you’ve created in your back yard, whether it’s a dog house or a pet friendly run area for their exercise, could also benefit you.

Certainly clean the backyard or litter box, before any prospective buyers walk through. Additionally, consider carpet cleaning, to remove any lingering pet odor. While your nose may be used to it, it could be a complete turn off for a new buyer. If the odor is particularly bad, consider removing or replacing carpet.

When buying, what to consider

Consider if there are pet friendly parks nearby, or off leash areas. Depending on the level of escape tactics of your furry friends, consider the speeds and traffic of the closest major thoroughfares. Also consider: would you feel safe leaving them in the backyard, or is there an ideal space for a doggy-door? If you have previously only allowed your pets in certain areas of the house, for example having a kitchen dog, or first floor dog, make sure that the new layout of a prospective property suits your needs, and that it won’t cause an additional headache of training or re-training.

If you plan to rent out your new property

If you’re considering buying a property with the sole purpose of renting it out, consider making the home a pet-friendly rental. Pet friendly rentals in certain areas are very hard to come by, and by making a few small changes or sacrifices, you could ensure that you are never without renters. People will be lining up to live in your pet-friendly property, and you’ll have the ability to screen those pets and their owners as you choose.

Pets can make or break a property, when you take them into consideration. Many people consider their pets to be members of their family, so if a property doesn’t suit their needs and their pets, it could be a no go.