Is Your House Pet Friendly

Is Your House Pet Friendly

Did you know 68% of American households have a pet and in 2018 they spent $72 billion on those pets?

If you are one of the many homeowners looking to list your home for sale, how do you stand out to the millions of pet parents searching for their dream home? By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers.

Whether a dog person, a cat person, or someone who prefers the company of another pet species, the majority of pet owners say that they consider their animal to be family.

A study by theNational Association of Realtors(NAR) revealed that there are many aspects of the home buying, selling and owning experience that have been greatly impacted by our love for our pets.

NAR’s President shed some light on the impact of pet owners and their home search.

The Power of Pets When Choosing the Right Home

89% of pet owners say they would not give up their pet due to a housing restriction

81% of Americans say their pets play a role in their housing situation

31% of animal owners have refused to put in an offer on a home because it wasn’t a good fit for their animals

19% of Americans say they would consider moving for their pet

12% percent have moved for their pet

New home builders have actually begun installing retractable pet gates that tuck away neatly inside door jams as a highly requested feature in new homes to attract pet-parents.

So, if you are a homeowner looking to sell in today’s pet-friendly environment, point out the features of your home that will attract pet owners:

Fully fenced in backyard – (pet owners ranked this as the most important feature of a home to accommodate their pet)

Locations of dog parks/walking paths/pet-friendly areas 

Proximity to veterinarians/groomers/pet supply stores

Remember we love our pets and will look for pet-friendly features in the home they wish to buy, so take advantage of this knowledge by pointing out your home’s ability to meet their needs.

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Phone: 970-531-2284
Dated: April 11th 2019
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About Janene: Raised on the east coast, Janene moved to Colorado after falling in love with the area while here on...

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