Our furry, four legged friends that truly make a house, a home. According to the 2013-2014 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, 68% of U.S. households own a pet, which is up more than 10% since the late 80’s. There’s no denying the fact that man’s best friend and the rest of the animal kingdom, are steadily becoming a popular addition to households, and as a result, prospective homebuyers are now paying close attention to property features and amenities that cater specifically to pets.
Whether you’re a current homeowner looking to raise the pet friendly factor of your existing property, or an agent staging a home, it’s more important than ever to know how to cater to an animal lover.
With that said, following are a number of tips that will help transform any home into a space that will really get the tails wagging.
As painful as it may be, pass up the priceless Persian area rug, for a more practical, moisture resistant carpet material. It’s almost a guarantee that your pet will take nature’s call in the comfort of your home at some point, and probably in an area that is the most difficult to clean.
For your flooring, choose hardwood, ceramic tile, painted cement, or any other hard surfaces to decorate a home. This will not only make for easy clean up, but thwart the chance of scratches and scuffs caused by a pet’s nails.
Repurpose a versatile, smaller room in the home, as an animal zone that can be fit with a bed, food bowl, toy storage unit, and more. If possible, choose a space that is close to an entry point to the exterior of the house, to make it more convenient for a pet to head outside.
If the property has a fairly large backyard, and you have the ability to fence in the perimeter of the home, this can exponentially raise the convenience factor for any pet owner. Also, it could be even more attractive to create a designated area of the backyard for pets to do their business. A simple patch of gravel and wood trim around the area can be the ultimate differentiator from the rest of the competition on the market.
Choose your furniture fabric wisely – leather and suede are the front-runners when looking to purchase couches, chairs, etc. They are easier to clean, and fairly resistant to scratches. There are also a number of sprays on the market designed to protect furniture, upholstery, and carpeting from fluids and stains, so be sure to consider this for you or your client’s home.
After more than 100 years of helping people find homes, at Coldwell Banker we have extended our mission to man’s best friend with its “Homes for Dogs Project.” Last year we found homes for more than 20,000 through this project, which is why we will continue to partner with Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, in 2016.