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Having a Pet May Help Sell Your Home

April 13, 2017

Pets are a large part of many people’s lives. Now, more than ever, people across cultures, social, economic and lifestyles groups, live with at least one pet-and they wouldn’t have it any other way. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) has recently released their Remodeling Impact Report for 2016. According to the report, over 60% of households have pets, and 95% of consumers feel pet-friendly communities are highly important. There were also a surprising number of pet-focused remodeling projects happening in markets across the nation.

The things home owners will do for the love of their pet is also expanding into the real estate market, with a growing number of buyers seeking pet-friendly amenities. Gone are the days when a seller should hide all evidence of a family pet. Now buyers want to know if there is a fenced yard for Spot or perhaps a kitty litter closet for Fluffy.

dog-2040273_640 (1)The California Association of Realtors® (CAR) has taken the NAR report and put together one of their One Cool Thing info graphics, highlighting just what home buyers with pets are looking for. Security and easier care solutions topped the list of buyer preferences in home features for pets. 91% want a fenced yard, while 66% are looking for laminate flooring. Other top home features sought after by home buyers include a washing station, dog door, cat litter closet, animal pools, and built-in beds and dishes.

Don’t worry too much if your home doesn’t have any unique pet-oriented features, though. Home buyers with animal companions are also seeking pet-friendly neighborhood amenities. 54% would like a walking path close to home, and 49% want to find a home with a pet store nearby. Animal grooming services and kennels were also popular, as well as local dog parks. If any of these businesses or community amenities are close to you, they could be worth including in your listing features.

cat-358988_640If you do have pets and are planning to sell, you will still want to prepare your home to look its best, with as few ‘pet damages’ as possible. Be sure to make any minor repairs, such as wood door frames where your cat may like to scratch. Shampooing carpets and deep cleaning hard surface floors is another good idea. Keeping up on litter and yard clean-up is a must; as much as people may love pets, no one wants to smell them when viewing a home. If you have a regular space for your pet supplies, you can up the staging impact by updating the area. New food dishes, or a stylish wall hook for leashes can freshen up a space.

If you have a pet, and are planning to sell your home, including the pet-friendly amenities you have in your home could help attract potential buyers. When you are ready to buy or sell a home, my team and I are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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