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How much would the smell of dog put you off?

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snarferson Thu 07-Jul-16 18:09:26

As the title says. How much would the smell of dog put you off a house?

I want to sell my house. A 3 bed semi with offroad parking in an affordable area. The house has just had a make over. New floors throughout. Painted and decorated. Modern kitchen/bathroom/downstairs loo. Large garden just done. Fake grass with patio area and south west facing so loads of sun especially in the evening. No mud.

Only want to move to be nearer family. It's a really nice place to live. I've done it up in the hope of selling.

However I have 2 large dogs and it can smell kennel esq. I get quite embarrassed although I know it's part and parcel of having dogs. It's always kept spotless in hoover and clean daily but the smell just lingers.

Do you think it would put people off? Baring in mind the rest of it is ok? Or am I worrying to much? TIA.

TinyGoldfish Thu 07-Jul-16 18:18:40

If you've just had floors etc redone then what is it in the house that smells, just literally the dogs? If so could you take them out/send them out with a dog walker for a few hours before each viewing and really give the place an airing?

lalalonglegs Thu 07-Jul-16 18:20:14

It would put me off unless the place was a real dump that I intended to gut. Sorry, I'm not an animal lover and one of the reasons for that is their smell - if the house was otherwise very nicely presented, it would make the smell even more noticeable, imo. Sorry sad.

TeaBelle Thu 07-Jul-16 18:22:08

I agree with legs, I wouldn't buy it unless it was priced for renovation.

snarferson Thu 07-Jul-16 18:22:32

It is mainly then dogs. They are scent hounds so have natural strong houndy scent (can't be described can only be experiences grin). I can take them out of course but dog smell is evil and seems to last.

snarferson Thu 07-Jul-16 18:23:32

Oh god have I done the wrong then? Getting everything done sad

lovelybangers Thu 07-Jul-16 18:24:22

I too would be put off by a strong doggy smell.

It may be that once you and the dogs moved out the smell would leave too but it would def make me think twice.

tabulahrasa Thu 07-Jul-16 18:26:19

Wouldn't bother me, but then I have a dog, so...grin

Can you not make them smell all perfumery and see if that makes a difference?

snarferson Thu 07-Jul-16 18:26:32

There's a strict no dogs upstairs (carpets) rule or on furnature. I hope the smell would leave with them. I do try to keep it spotless.

Ps I really appreciate all your honest comments

SingaSong12 Thu 07-Jul-16 18:27:03

It would bother me a lot because I'd worry whether the smell might not go. Everything may be new now, but I'd be worried that dog hair gets into furnishings/carpets very quickly, certainly in the time it takes to buy a property and move in. Also would be worried about the dogs being around the place.

snarferson Thu 07-Jul-16 18:27:50

Lovely Hopefully I also do not smell of dog grin

friends123 Thu 07-Jul-16 18:28:30

Have you tired a fragrance lamp? Gets rid of my dog's smell, especially wet dog!

snarferson Thu 07-Jul-16 18:30:04

friends I have a couple of Reed diffusers. I worry if I try too hard buyers will think I'm trying to cover something sinister though?

Dutchcourage Thu 07-Jul-16 18:31:19

Me too! I'm looking after my grandmothers dog while she is ill and the smell is awful. It's kind of dirty and itchy.

My poor poor carpets are ruined <<sob>>

Titsdown Thu 07-Jul-16 18:32:25

We have just bought a house with a doggy smell. It didn't put us off (and we did notice it even though it was well aired and the doors were all open). We don't want dogs and nor do we plan to re-decorate straight away.

Mostly wood floors (except stairs) so we figured it would air out eventually.

I've been renting for 15 years though so maybe I'm used to being a little bit more forgiving of other people's grime!!

So don't be too disheartened, the right buyer won't mind.

OopsThereGoMyTrousers Thu 07-Jul-16 18:32:39

I rented a house where previous tenants had a large German Shepherd.
The letting agents said it had been cleaned, but it smelt doggy.
Thank goodness the weather was mild because I had windows open all the time, got the agents to deep clean carpets again.
When we left 6 months later it still smelt doggy.
The bloke who came to do our end of tenancy check told us off for the doggy smell.
We didn't own a dog!

AprilLoveJ Thu 07-Jul-16 18:33:05

As a cat owner who is not fond of dogs it would definately put me off if it was very bad. My partner once bought a used car that absolutely stunk of dog. We got rid of it after a few months because of that. It was clear they didn't look after or clean the car though, tbh he only bought it as he was desperate at the time due to hours of commuting to work.

To contrast, the carpets in my mums new house smelled of dog but after she had them professionally cleaned you couldn't smell a thing. You'd never know.

I guess it depends how bad it is. I would do what you can to minimise the smell. Washing walls, floor, a very thorough airing out, candles/air freshener. It's probably going to be better once dogs have been gone a while anyway.

I'm sure if the rest of the house is lovely and clean there will be somebody who won't mind op. smile

friends123 Thu 07-Jul-16 18:38:34

Snar Google Ashleigh and burwood fragrance lamps you could just put it on for 10 mins half hour before. Honestly they are amazing.(I never think the reeds smell) I sold my house 6 months ago and too be honest I wouldn't have thought so, I wouldn't.wink I definitely wouldn't have the dogs in the house during viewings though.

snarferson Thu 07-Jul-16 18:39:17

Thanks. Just to specify no dogs have ever been upstairs on the carpet. Only on hard wood downstairs, they lie on the rugs but its easy to take them out.

I suppose I'm a bit nose blind to it though so cant really tell how bad it is!!

80sMum Thu 07-Jul-16 18:41:49

I think I would be concerned that the smell would linger and I wouldn't be able to get rid of it.

If it was all grotty carpets that could be ripped up, I might feel differently, but if it smells doggy even though the the floors are new, that would be a concern.

Is there any chance you could farm the dogs out somewhere while the house is on the market, so you could always present it in a smell free condition for viewing? My DD put her cats in a cattery for 6 weeks for that reason.

Clawdy Thu 07-Jul-16 18:44:50

Don't mind dogs at all, but when we were house-hunting, we were really put off by doggy-smelling houses. Sorry!

RalphSteadmansEye Thu 07-Jul-16 18:50:05

The dog smell would definitely put me off.

However, so would the fake grass. Is it a large area that would cost a lot to replace with turf?

Sorry blush

ShatnersBassoon Thu 07-Jul-16 18:51:32

Just get the dogs out of the house well in advance of viewings (kennels?) and keep the windows open for as long as you can. If the house has been recently refurbished, it can't have absorbed that much smell.

It would definitely put me off if it was permanently whiffy, because I'd go around the house totting up how much it would cost to put new flooring in. I once didn't buy a car because I could smell it had had a dog in it and it didn't seem like the sort of smell a dab of Febreze would touch.

snarferson Thu 07-Jul-16 18:55:12

ralph it's big. But we live in a clay soil area and unless you've got time turf seems to die. You could litreally lift it though and the weed proof film and bung turf down.

I can't reliably tell absorbed smell from present dog smell. Oh well sad

puggymummy1 Thu 07-Jul-16 18:55:15

Wouldn't put me off but I have dogs. I strongly recommend oil fragrance lamps and open windows before the viewing. Definitely take the dogs out. Maybe stash the dog beds in the boot of the car.

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