first_imgBungalow resident Jenny Anderson and her dog Bow at their unit. PICTURE: STEWART McLEANLIVING with pets in the Far North can be a messy practice, especially when trying to sell a home.But with a bit of forward-thinking, local homeowners can ensure their cats and dogs have no negative bearing on the sale process.RE/MAX Cairns selling agent Regan O’Neill said the Far North’s wet season was when pets caused the most problems.“Things can become a bit smelly, and when there is dog hair on the lounges it can be unattractive for buyers,” she said.“When you’re trying to show a property it’s best to temporarily take your pets away.”She urged sellers to fill up any holes that may have been created in the yard by pet dogs.Bungalow woman Jenny Anderson said she had “no problems” when trying to sell her Joan St unit in 2015 while living with a then puppy named Bow.“I’d go over to the dog park with him during inspections,” she said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“And some people actually liked that I had him, because they knew the place would be pet-friendly if they wanted to buy it.”Having sold the unit in late 2015, Ms Anderson still lives there as a renter.But the two-bedroom apartment is now back on the market. “Bow doesn’t sleep inside … I always make sure he is kept nice and clean, which is reflected in the state of the unit,” Ms Anderson said. But Matt McCann, chief executive of LocalAgentFinder, said not all buyers would be “won over” by knowing the property had been inhabited by dogs, cats, snakes or hamsters. “Selling your house when a pet has called it home for years can be challenging, as you are never sure the home will appeal to all potential buyers,” he said.“A pet is a beloved member of the family and the home is theirs just as much as their owners’.“Ideally, properties should appeal to all types of buyers, no matter their pet preferences.”Mr McCann said sellers should look to rid the property of pet hair and odour, double-check for animal droppings and conceal reminders that pets live there.last_img

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