According to a report from Vet Charity, PDSA, owning a dog can cost you £25,000 over its lifetime. But this surprisingly large number doesn’t take into account the price of damage caused, or the potential drop in your home’s value, which only comes to light when you try to sell it.
It is estimated that 26% per cent of people in the UK own a dog, making them, without doubt, the preferred choice of pet in the UK, and it’s more than likely down to their intelligence and their ability to make people feel happy.
In addition to their non-judgemental and carefree attitudes, research has shown they can also read human emotions, and understand around 165 words, which is why people consider them to be fully-fledged, and much-loved family members. However, dog ownership can have a major financial drawback, and this comes to light when you are planning to sell your home.
For this guide, Olly Canver, the Resident Services Manager at Essential Living, explains what you should do if you’re trying to sell your home as a dog owner.
“A home cluttered with dog toys, beds, old food bowls, dog hairs and a musty dog smell can cost you thousands in decreased property value. Luckily, there are things you can do to get your home back to its pre-pet value.”
Get rid of the smell
“As a dog owner, we get used to the smells, and you may often be taking adorable puppy selfies on the couch, snuggling in bed, and giving your dog strong-smelling treats. However, no potential buyer wants to enter your home to the heady aroma of dog. You’re probably used to the pooch perfume already, but if you’re looking to sell your home, it’s definitely time for a deep clean,” says Olly.
“Your couch, beds and carpets are an epicentre of dirt, saliva, and hair that’s causing that musty dog smell. Make sure to hoover everywhere, invest in pet-specific cleaning products, sweep and mop the floors, and open your doors and windows to get some air in.”
Make necessary repairs
Property Reporter reported that pet owners in the UK are hit with £1.7 billion in repairs each year. It’s a good job, they’re cute, right?
“It’s easy to overlook the damage your dog causes when you feel like they’re part of the family. But, when it comes to selling your home, damages such as scratches, dug-up holes in the garden, and chewed-up furniture can be the first thing a potential buyer will spot,” explains Olly.
“Even the best-behaved dogs can cause subtle damages, so it’s important to address the pet problems before making your listing. It may seem like a lot of work, but this will pay off with a final sale price that meets, or exceeds, its pre-pet value.”
Remove all evidence of your dog when staging
Olly explains: “As pet owners, we get used to chewed up toys lying around, leashes, food bowls and dog hairs everywhere. We love our dogs, so we don’t worry about it. But make sure you don’t leave pet hairs on the couch or dog beds out in the open when you’re trying to stage your home for visitors.
“Remove food bowls, toys, and treats. Potential buyers may not be pet owners or animal lovers, so you could be doing yourself a disservice by leaving evidence of your furry friend.”
Remove your dog
“No, not literally,” adds Olly, “but once you’ve finished making necessary repairs and properly staging your home, you don’t want your dog in the house, contradicting all your previous efforts. Your best bet would be to have a close friend or family member look after your dog for the day whilst you give potential buyers the tour.”
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