What Role Do Pets Play?
99% of owners feel that their pet is part of the family.
19% of Americans say they would consider moving for their pet.*
12% percent have moved for their pet.*
*would consider moving, or have moved total: 32%
With 99% of owners feeling that their pet is part of the family, all pet owners would likely take notice of pet friendly features of a home. Considering that more than half of American households have pets or plan to get one, pet friendly features are a good way to add extra appeal to the majority of families if you are not looking for your “forever home”.
House Or Home
When buying a home, not only is there no pet fee, but it’s also a great idea to highlight what you think makes a home “pet friendly” in order to help with your decision! To get you started, here are some suggestions:
- What kind of flooring does it have?
- How much room will your pet(s) have to roam?
- How easy will it be to keep it clean?
- How walkable is the neighborhood?
- Is there a dog park nearby?
These are just a few examples.
Top 3 things pet owners look for in a home
- Fenced-in backyard
- Dog-friendly areas nearby
- Close to pet stores and veterinarian offices
All data sourced from National Association of REALTORS Research Department’s February 13, 2017 report: “Animal House: Remodeling Impact” (https://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/reports/2017/2017-remodeling-impact-animals-in-homes-02-13-2017.pdf)