Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Recently representing my client in buying a home, I was faced with the difficulty of locating the "perfect" home for the Dog. Yes, you heard that right. My buyers were not happy with the fact that the houses in their price range didn’t come with a perfect fenced back yard. This is a two-edged sword because some people don't need or care about fences. Others have a very sensitive “smeller” as I do, and they don’t like and would never buy a home that smells like CAT or DOG. Don’t get me started on viewing other critters during the selling process. I decided we need to look at some statistics that are pretty telling in the market.
The National Association of REALTORS®’s Research Committee discussed the importance that animals in the home have for families across the United States, including how pets and animals impact the buying and selling decisions of renters and homeowners.
- 91% of buyers with animals find having a fenced yard important,
- 66% said Laminate Flooring was important.
- 19% found a big tub in the laundry room to be an important Buying decision
- 11% said dog door
- Across all types of cities, having a fenced yard was top of the list.
- Laminate flooring was most important in urban and central city areas and least important in rural areas.
In 2016, 61 % of US households owned an animal or plan to own an animal soon.
With the prevalence of pets and animals in millions of homes across the country, we as Realtors need to get good at education as to what it is people want, need, will or will not except. Living with our furry friends can have a negative impact on both the selling and buying process.
Homeowners wanting to sell need to know:
People who do not have pets are turned off immediately by smell. (especially cat)
People who do not have pets see ALL the pet wear and tear…
57% are buyers are affected at least moderately and 10% will walk away for the potential purchase. That means that 67% of potential buyers, even if they have pets of their own, may not make an offer.
If you are an animal owner and want to sell your home, check off these boxes to have success.
- Replace anything/everything that is damaged
- Deep clean and clean some more to remove
- Take animals out during showings
- Have the entire home professionally cleaned
- Remove pet objects such as food dishes, litter box or animal crate
- Replace carpet and flooring
Most Realtors consider themselves animal lovers. In fact, when surveyed, 82% either own a dog and 37% own a cat. The rest was various different critters. Don’t take offense when your Realtor lets you know the rules of selling a home with pets. Even if the buyers have pets of their own, it is just like everything else in life. My pet’s mess is better than your pet's mess. You must do the work to sell your home and/or price it accordingly. It will not sell if it is stinky just so you know but... “OMG-Honey, did you see that fence”?