Tips for pet owners who are selling their homes

Owning a pet can make a house feel like home – but not all prospective buyers will share this sentiment.

While some buyers will view it as a massive perk to have a pet-friendly property, others might view it as a potential downside if the property shows signs of a pet’s proclivity for chewing the skirting boards or the failed potty-training efforts.

Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that staging and marketing plays an important role in selling a pet-friendly home. “You want to attract fellow pet lovers, as these kinds of buyers might even be willing to pay more for a pet-friendly property. At the same time, you want to avoid excluding buyers without pets, as they will still make up a large portion of the buyer’s pool. It’s all about getting the balance right,” Goslett recommends.

To help pet owning sellers strike this balance, RE/MAX of Southern Africa shares their top tips on how to properly stage and market the home:

“More and more buyers are actively looking for homes that are pet-friendly. Sellers who work with a real estate agent who knows how to market the home correctly could stand to benefit greatly from this trend. To find out more about the buyer trends that are specific to your area, chat to a local RE/MAX agent for some free advice,” Goslett concludes.


Writer: Kayla Ferguson 

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