The Importance of Pet-Friendly Homes to Today’s Homebuyer

By Fabi R. Gomes | July 8th, 2019

The majority of pet owners place great importance on their critter family when making certain decisions such as buying a home. Many homebuyers would not choose their dream home if it didn’t meet the needs of their pets, and they certainly wouldn’t give up their pet due to a housing restriction. How does that affect buyers and sellers in today’s real estate market?

Pet owners with older animals have concerns with stairs, while cat owners consider where the litter box would be placed. Dog owners prefer a fully-fenced backyard with safety in mind. Affluent buyers may be interested in homes with a dog shower stall in the mud room, while close proximity to pet-friendly restaurants and stores or veterinary clinics may also be a consideration to buyers. A low-traffic neighborhood or nearby trails will likely appeal to a buyer with daily walks in mind.

Americans love their pets and once they purchase a home, they often don’t mind investing in upgrades for their pets. Below are examples of pet-friendly features to make your home stand out in this competitive real estate market.

1. Retractable pet gates


2. Pet room under staircase


3. Custom cabinetry for pet food and storage


4. Pet’s own shower


5. Built-in pet crate


6. Built-in ramp for older and disabled pets

Considering putting your home on the market in today’s pet-accommodating culture? Contact one of our experienced CBHarper agents for advice on these popular features.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®  can be reached at (210) 483-7581 or pr@cbharper.com and has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker franchise system for over 30 years. 

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