Owning a pet can mean anything from having a distraction at home for yourself or your children to having a companion just like a normal member of the family. Special considerations do come into play when finding a place to rent, to buy or when you are considering selling your home. I can tell you from my personal experience that typical issues that come up are HOA’s allowing pets, cat smells primarily and dog smells to a smaller extent and having proper fencing. These issues have had an impact on a buyer making an offer at all or asking for conditions like replacing the carpet. NAR produced a study on this topic. Below are some findings from that NAR study that you may find useful and/or interesting.
•Sixty-one percent of U.S. households have an animal or plan to get one in the future.
•Ninety-nine percent of owners feel that their animal is part of the family.
•When finding a home, 95 percent of animal owners believe it is important that a housing community allows animals and 81 percent of U.S. households say that animal-related considerations will play a role in deciding on their next living situation.
•According to REALTORS®, 61 percent of buyers who own animals say it’s very difficult or difficult to find a rental property or a home owner association that accommodates animals.
The short and sweet of the graphs (click to enlarge) below is: Most U.S. households do have have pets. The features that home buyers or renters seek are a fenced yard and laminate flooring. Realtors believe walking paths and dog parks are the most important animal amenities clients seek. Finally,owning an animal at least has a moderate effect on the home sale. Check out the stats.
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Source: 2017 NAR Animal House: Remodeling Impact