Pet own­ers should hide the ev­i­dence when sell­ing

Pilbara News - - Property - Louise Alling­ham

The Pil­bara is a re­gion of pet lovers but our furry friends can have a neg­a­tive im­pact when sell­ing a prop­erty.

Real es­tate agents re­port bad smells, dug-up gar­dens and scratches on walls and floors as some ma­jor turn-offs for po­ten­tial buy­ers when in­spect­ing a home.

Ray White Port Hed­land li­censee and owner Peter Dun­ning said bad smells were the No.1 de­ter­rent for buy­ers.

“If peo­ple have cats and leave their lit­ter locked up in the heat, it is a ter­ri­ble com­bi­na­tion,” he said. “I’ve had peo­ple not even go in­side for an in­spec­tion.”

Hed­land First Na­tional se­nior sales con­sul­tant Rick Hockey said pets could also cause vis­i­ble dam­age to a house’s in­te­rior.

“Some­times with cats and dogs they’ll rub up against a cor­ner and you’ll see dark marks or scratches on the walls,” he said.

Kar­ratha Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal vet Tim Mont­gomery said there were a few ways to min­imise an­i­mal odours.

“Cat’s urine is par­tic­u­larly po­tent so make sure they have lots of lit­ter trays and keep dogs in toi­let train­ing away from car­peted ar­eas,” he said.

Dr Mont­gomery also ad­vised keep­ing your pets’ claws and nails trimmed to re­duce dam­age to the floor and walls.

“Give cats plenty of scratch­ing posts and mats to use, so that they’re less in­clined to scratch the carpet and fur­ni­ture,” he said.

Mr Hockey said dur­ing an in­spec­tion, sell­ers should en­sure there was no ev­i­dence of a pet.

“Make sure you re­place plants and bring it back so there’s green­ery, no holes, no smells,” he said.

Mr Dun­ning cited one in­ci­dent in which a pet’s ab­sence made a big im­pact on an in­spec­tion.

“The sell­ers had a python and when we did an in­spec­tion it wasn’t in its glass case,” he said.

“Need­less to say, the clients were very fast with the in­spec­tion.”

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Don't let your pets put a curse on your home.

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