Got pets? How pets can impact your home...and your mortgage
In 2016, 40% of households in the UK reported owning a pet, meaning a significant part of the population has a furry friend trotting around on their carpets and on their lawn.
1. Home modifications for the win...or lose
Dog-proofing your garden could be a plus for some, increasing security and privacy with sturdier and higher fencing. If poorly done, however, it could be an eyesore or could block out light from your garden. Modifications such as cat flaps are also worth considering - you could remove them before viewings if you’re worried potential buyers won’t like them.
If you have renovated in significant ways - such as building a dog-run, or dog-proofing the garden - this could be a major benefit when trying to sell to fellow pet-owners, as it would reduce the amount of work they have to put in to making the property pet-friendly.
2. Persistent odours in surprising places
Pets odours in carpets, upholstery and even floorboards can be really hard to get rid of. A Boston estate agent reported to a national paper a few years ago that he’d seen a flat sell for $20-30,000 less than its value because the owner’s cats had left such a bad smell. It’s not just cats and dogs though - pets in cages and tanks, such as rodents and snakes, leave lingering smells, too.
This is worth thinking about before you get a pet. Tile and stone floors are easier to clean and won’t absorb smells in the same ways as carpets and floorboards. And no one wants to lose thousands on their sale because they didn’t clean up after their pets to potential buyer standards.
3. Love marks on your furniture
If you close your bedroom door at night or aren’t up to sharing the bathroom with your dog on a regular basis, you might find them pawing at the door. As endearing as this trait might be, scratch marks on doors and walls are quite a turn-off for potential buyers, since these can be unexpected and frustrating extra expenses. When it comes to selling your property you might need to do a quick paint job to cover up this evidence of your enthusiastic friend.
Additionally, cats tearing away at carpets and door frames, or large dogs skidding across your hardwood floor for years can leave marks that other owners - whether they have pets or not - don’t wish to deal with.
4. Garden chaos
While lots of this might sound like it could be a problem when you’re looking to sell your home, you also never know when you’re going to come across a buyer with a furry friend of their own. In this case, the modifications you’ve made might just be the reason that your property is perfect for them. Check out these amazing animal interior design ideas to see what we mean!
Thankfully, even if your pets cause your home to sell for a little less than expected, you can still save money every month on your mortgage with Dashly. Learn more about this all-in-one mortgage tool today.