How to de-pet your home when selling

There is always plenty to do to prepare your property for sale, but if you have pets, there are a number of specific things that need to be taken care of to ‘de-pet’ your property

By Jade Tweedie

14-05-2019 |
There is always plenty to do to prepare your property for sale, but if you have pets, there are a number of specific things that need to be taken care of to ‘de-pet’ your property before it even goes on the market.

Just because they are part of your family, does not mean the remnants of them should become part of someone else’s life!

Don’t get us wrong – it’s ok to have pets, but not everyone that might be interested in buying your home is an animal lover. Before you even think about booking viewings, work through our list below to make sure everything is ship shape and pet free. Don’t let simple things put people off buying your property.

Take the pets out of the picture

Pets come in all shapes and sizes and even the ones who ‘don’t really smell’, actually do smell, to pet free people. Some pets can be easily relocated temporarily, such as goldfish and maybe budgies. But larger or more unusual pets may require more creative thinking. Ideally you would remove the pets from the property before you start organising viewings, clean up any trace of them and then relocate them elsewhere until the property is sold.

There’s a hair in there

During the repair process, you should also have paid attention to what parts of the house will need a deep clean. Of course, urine stains will need to be dealt with – either by professional cleaners or with a quick paint job. But other things such as the hair are non-negotiable.

Get out the repair kit

When you live with children and/or animals, there comes a time when you just stop noticing marks on the walls, texta on the floor, chips in the tiles and so on. Check room by room, making a list of damage, then start making repairs where possible.

When you live with a pet for a long time, you become desensitised to their smells, so will have been less inclined to notice them. Although you may have cleaned the property to within an inch of its life, sometimes a deep level clean is required to really deal with the hair, fur, fleas, mites, bird seed, droppings and so on that you missed – because you definitely missed something!

Given that you will be preparing the property for sale anyway, a lot of these things can be taken care of in the general cleaning and maintenance. However, it’s well worth getting a pet free friend to pop around after your work is done just to make sure it’s a fresh, clean, allergy free environment for your potential buyers.