Many builders are now considering pets when designing and building new homes. This perspective has resulted in many luxury townhomes and single-family residences offering upgrades to enhance the space to accommodate man’s best friends. These features can include dedicated washing areas in a laundry room just for the family dog or even a built-in sleeping area, perfectly-sized for pet comfort.

Home Buyers are Pet Owners

Over half of the households in the US have at least one pet of some kind, and many others plan to add a four-legged friend to their family once they buy a home. With that goal in mind, buyers tour homes imagining how their canine or feline pal will fit into their space.

Builders are catering to this need by including upgrades that focus solely on the family pet. In addition, you’ll find that more listings will showcase features or nearby conveniences intended for pet owners. Big back yards and dog parks are just two amenities that will often appeal to pet-friendly buyers.

One important note is the fact that many of these pets make their “home” inside the house rather than living in the back yard. Some homeowners will recapture unused space for their dogs and cats. For instance, space under the stairs can become a perfect setting for a dog house complete with bed and bowls. Cats might get their own shelf in the bathroom while a hidden area at the bottom of the closet is perfect for the litter box.

Fido Goes House-hunting

While the buyers may leave their pets at home when they visit open houses or tour homes for sale, they are frequently on their minds when selecting a property. A home near a busy intersection or highway may not be the ideal location for a family with a dog or cat. On the other hand, a townhouse with a small run or yard may be perfect for a time-constrained buyer who doesn’t want a lot of yard to maintain but needs space for their pet to run.

Many of today’s buyers aren’t just looking at homes for themselves and their kids or future family. Rather, they are considering the family pets as well in choosing their ideal new home. For additional information regarding the nuances of moving with pets, please contact me today for helpful ideas to streamline the process. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.  

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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