The Kennels Agency
inc. Rural Living Agency
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully any questions that you might have about us and what we do will be answered below, but if not, please contact us and we'll do our best to help.
How long has The Kennels Agency been running?
We were established in 1965, which means that we have specialised in the sale of kennel businesses for more than twice as long as all our competitors combined!
What type of businesses and properties do you deal with?
We sell businesses ranging from 'a hobby' second income business to massive quarantine, boarding and training establishments with six figure turnovers - from mansions to unmodernised cottages, so nothing is too big or too small and no other agency can offer such wide experience.
What do your agency services include?
We inspect all boarding and quarantine kennels offered for sale through our offices. Like any reputable business, we must know what we are selling in order to give an efficient service to both seller and buyer. We also offer advice on mortgages, planning consents and design of kennels.
What areas do you cover?
We have sold boarding kennels in every county in England and Wales, plus some in Scotland and even abroad.
How will my business or property be advertised?
We have advertisements in many of the industry magazines and have done so for more years than we care to remember! This has a cumulative effect and we receive a constant stream of buyers from home and abroad who have remembered our advertisements from years ago. We also receive much repeat business and word of mouth recommendations.
We also occasionally use a wide range of other national publications and have received good press reviews in The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times etc.
As well as all of this, our website is registered with all of the major search engines.
How do you charge?
We are professional estate agents and operate on the normal, straightforward 'no sale, no fee' basis. We quote a fixed rate of commission and this is conifmred in writing at the outset and there are no hidden extras.
In the event that we do not sell your property, there is nothing to pay. Commission is due only upon completion of a sale and is normally paid to us by your solicitors from the sale proceeds.
Do I need any qualifications to run a boarding kennel or cattery?
No, but there are training courses available and we can also recommend some useful reading material.
How do I finance purchasing a kennel or cattery business?
With very few exceptions a kennel property will include a residence which normally accounts for the major portion of the total purchase price.
If you borrow money, you will do so by raising a loan or mortgage on the dwelling. You will therefore need to have a deposit covering the balance of the value on the dwelling plus the total value of the business. As an example, on a purchase price of £150,000 divided as £100,000 for the dwelling and £50,000 for the business, assuming that the mortgage available is 80% of the value of the dwelling a cash deposit of £70,000 would be needed.
It is rare that a kennel business is purchased with much less than a 50% deposit and often more is needed.
What do I need to do if I wish to view a property?
Boarding businesses are usually offered for sale without the knowledge of staff and customers so it is always appreciated if you can give us as much notice as possible of your intention to view so that our clients can make any necessary alternative staffing arrangements. However, there are always exceptions and some viewings can be arranged at short notice.