The Pet-Lovers Guide to Buying (and Selling) a Home
Pets are more important now than ever before. Approximately 70% of U.S. Households have pets. That’s the highest percentage over the past 30 years!
We’re also spending more money than ever on our furry friends. Americans spend an average of $1,163 a year on their pets.
Not only are pets popular, many households base big decisions around their beloved animals. 43% of households say they would change their living situation for their pets, and 68% say community animal policies influence where they choose to live.
If you own a pet or are considering one, you may relate to a lot of these statistics! As real estate agents, it’s our job to listen to your needs as a homebuyer and help you find the perfect home for you and your furry friends.
This article breaks down some practical (and not-so-practical) pet-friendly features you should be on the lookout for when shopping for homes, plus offers some tips for sellers with pets who want to put their best foot forward in the housing market.
What to Look Out for as a Homebuyer Prioritizing Pets
If you are an avid pet-lover in search of a new home, what should you be looking for? Pet owners should definitely be on the lookout for a fenced-in yard and a community with plenty of sidewalks, parks, and/or walking trails. Inside, look for durable floors made of materials like luxury vinyl and plenty of extra square footage. When considering the home’s location, make note of its proximity to local pet services like dog parts, pet daycare, and veterinarians. Especially consider the community’s HOA and any regulations that may be in place regarding animals.
If you really want to take your pet-friendly home search to the next level, keep an eye out for some pet-home trends on the rise including doggie showers, feeding stations, cleverly disguised litter boxes, and built-in pet nooks!
How Pet Owners Can Prepare to Sell Their Home
When it comes time to sell your home as a pet-owner, additional steps may need to be taken to ensure your home is ready to be listed. Though many fellow pet-owners may tolerate some additional dirt and clutter due to pets, many potential buyers will not even tour homes with clear pet traces due to allergies, personal preferences, or other concerns.
Before you list your home, be sure to talk to your vet about your pets, especially if they are prone to stress. Make a plan for temporary lodging during the listing and appointment process.
Prepare your home for the market and hire a professional deep clean in order to remove long-term traces of pets such as hair, stains, and unwelcome odors. Be sure to hide any pet-related items during your home’s photoshoot and any appointments, too. Pay special attention to the smell of your house prior to listing. You may be blind to some of the odors your pets contribute to the house, so use an air purifier or freshener to neutralize the environment (and have a friend stop by to give their unbiased opinion!).
The Bottom Line
Our pets bring infinite joy and excitement to our lives. Many of us can’t imagine life without them and will even make big decisions like purchasing a home with them in mind. If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home with your furry friends, connect with us, Greenville’s highest ranked real estate team, and let us help you achieve your real estate goals this year!
Dan Hamilton is the founder of Hamilton & Co. and the lead listing agent for the team. He is the only agent in the Upstate endorsed by Shark Tank star and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran. Additionally, Dan hosts a weekly radio show on The Answer 94.5 and 106.3 WORD giving tips and advice on real estate and is a frequent contributor for real estate on Your Carolina TV show on WSPA Channel 7.