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Looking For More Potential Buyers? Then Make Sure Your Listing Appeals to Pet Owners

by Priscilla Toomey 09/13/2020

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Does it seem like the world has really gone to the dogs lately? If you've answered yes, you're right. It has gone to the dogs -- and to the cats. According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, approximately 68 percent of American households have a pet. Millennials are especially into animal companionship, with 73 percent saying they own some type of creature. And many of these millennials are searching for their first home. But not just any house. Potential buyers, especially millennials, are seeking a home that will provide a better lifestyle for their fur babies. In fact, according to a survey conducted on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage, one of the main reasons why many millennials decided to purchase a home was so that they could provide more space for their dogs.  

So, if you're currently trying to sell a house or plan to put one on the market, creating a listing that appeals to pet owners is the smart thing to do. For example, if your home has any of the following pet-friendly features, make sure to highlight them in your listing:

  • Fenced-in yard
  • Located close to a dog park or pet-friendly establishments, such as restaurants that host "barky hours"
  • Pet-friendly flooring that can stand up to a dog's claws, such as tile or luxury vinyl 
  • Located in a community with lots of walking trails 
  • Mud room where an owner can towel off their dogs or clean dirty paws after a walk in the rain 

Keep it Clean

While it's important to play up the features of your home that will be attractive to a pet owner, it's equally important to remove evidence of your own pets before putting your house on the market. For example, you should:

  • Put away your pet's toys, beds and food bowls during showings and open houses
  • Clean or replace carpeting that has odors or stains caused by your pet
  • Vacuum daily 
  • Clean your upholstery if your pets spend a lot of time sleeping on your furniture
  • Board your pets or remove them from the premises during open houses and showings. If that's not possible, make sure that they are crated in an out-of-the-way location
  • Wipe off pet nose and paw prints from windows and doors
  • Keep your yard clean and free of dog waste  

For many people, their dogs and cats aren't just pets. They are beloved family members. So, it's not surprising that potential buyers are seeking homes that are pet-friendly. Your job is to make sure that these potential buyers can see your house as a place where they and their beloved pets will feel right at home.   

About the Author
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Priscilla Toomey

Priscilla Toomey, a member of Top 5 in Real Estate, brings to Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty an extensive background in several areas of real estate. For 11 years, she served as General Counsel of one of America’s leading relocation firms, where she advised in excess of 20,000 home sales and purchases yearly.

With over 400 corporate, clients Priscilla was responsible for changes to the tax law which preserved favorable income tax treatment for employees nationwide. She has written 2 books and many articles regarding getting the highest price for your home and making your home sale transition as easy as possible.