By: Susan Kadilak
When furbabies are around, we take pains to make sure they’re safe and away from the worst of the construction — something we’ve explained in regards to a recent renovation project.
And we’re definitely not the only ones who do so. In fact, a National Association of Realtors® report revealed that our pets factor into all kinds of decisions regarding where we live, and how we approach our spaces.
The NAR report found that 81 percent of those who responded said that animal-related considerations played a role when deciding on their next living situation. More than 60 percent of those households surveyed had a pet or planned to get one in the near future, and 99 percent of pet owners said they consider their animal part of the family.
With those kinds of odds, it’s unsurprising that 12 percent of pet owners say they’ve moved to accommodate the needs of their pet, and 19 percent said they would consider moving to do so.
“Realtors® who were surveyed indicated that one-third of their pet-owning clients often or very often will refuse to make an offer on a home because it is not ideal for their animal,” the report revealed.
And having a pet can impact the sale of a home, too. Sixty-seven percent of Realtors® surveyed said that animals have a moderate to major effect on selling a home, and two-thirds said they always tell sellers to replace anything damaged by an animal and have the home professionally cleaned to remove animal scents, as well as making plans to remove the animal from the home during open houses and showings.
More than half of those who responded said they had also done specific renovation or home improvement projects with their pets in mind — everything from pet doors, new fencing, and flooring choices.
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