There is no denying that pets are an important part of the family dynamic for many households across the country. In years past, pets were considered a hindrance to the home selling process as prospective buyers walked through to determine the best fit for their next place. It was a negative sight to see remnants muddy paws, water bowls, leashes and a romped-in backyard. Have things changed?
In certain aspects, the answer is yes. According to a study provided by realtor.com, 56% of homes now own pets and it’s changing the “wants” that many home-buyers are looking for in their next home. With over half of homeowners being pet owners, they are searching for specific home criteria to compliment their pet loving lifestyle. Think fenced backyard, spacious mudroom with storage and an open layout for indoor playtime. There is a new allure to a pet-friendly home, and it may be a bonus when you are marketing your home’s features to potential buyers.
Here are some tips for creating a pet-friendly atmosphere to potential buyers:
Be sure to clean up dirt and fur to show a presentable living space. You want potential buyers to envision their family in your home, not think of the potential mess. We all know pets are work, but keeping a clean space is inviting and functional. Also, take care of any unpleasant smells by doing a thorough clean of the whole home. Noticeable pet scents, including litter or dog food, can instantly drive off a buyer. Make sure they are stored in scent-proof containers away from any visitors.
Use storage solutions, such as totes or bins, to clean up pet supplies clutter by keeping pet essentials accessible, yet out of the way. Store treats and snacks in cute pet-themed containers on the counter to keep them within reach.
Showcase your beautiful yard! Spruce up some landscaping and help your backyard shine. The potential of a backyard oasis for a pet owner can be a huge plus. A recent survey by SunTrust Mortgage found that a third of millennials who had already purchased their first home said they were influenced by the need to have space for a dog. Having that backyard space for a pet could create the perfect match for a buyer. It’s a must to take care of all dog poop in your yard. You want your pet-friendly property to be memorable for only positive reasons.
Setting your home up for pet-friendly success could be a great way to find that potential home buyer you have been looking for. The key is to showcase the attractive parts of pet ownership while hiding the unattractive portions. With the comfort of family pets at top of mind with many homeowners, this could be a great way to set your home apart from the competition.
When you are ready to sell or buy a home, a RE/MAX River Cities agent can help you determine the next steps toward completing your goal as stress-free as possible for your family and your pets. The professional guidance provided by your RE/MAX River Cities agent will make the home-buying process enjoyable and efficient.