When it comes to the buying and selling process, there’s a lot to consider, especially when it comes to our furry friends. After all, moving to a new place can be a significant life change for every member of the household and pets are no exception.
In this past year, a REALTOR® survey yielded pet ownership statistics regarding US households, including the following:
- 80% of realtors recommended sellers remove their pets during home showings
- 72% of realtors recommended sellers replace anything damaged by a pet prior to showings
- 68% of realtors said animal policies had an impact on their clients’ decision to rent or buy in a community
- 63% of nationwide households currently own a pet
- 43% of nationwide households would willingly move or make changes to their living situation for the benefit of their pet(s)
Needless to say, pet ownership really changes the game. However, there’s no need to stress! Here are some tips to help ensure a smooth buying or selling experience with pets involved:
Scope Out the Neighborhood: Is the place close to a park to take your furry friend on a walk? Is there a nearby vet for checkups or emergencies? Whichever you feel is important to the area, be sure to find the answers to those questions to gauge which communities are right for your pet.
Budget for Pet Rent: According to the same survey mentioned previously, the median annual pet rent is $300-$400 nationwide. Be sure to include this in your budget and keep your maximum in mind when considering your options.
Review Pet Policies: Be sure to ask about community pet policies and guidelines, whether it’s making sure you are not above the maximum pet limit or if your pet(s) immunizations are up-to-date.
Pet(s) vs the Space: Is the fence high and secure enough? Is there enough space for your pet(s) to be comfortable? You know your pets’ needs better than anyone so be sure to keep these things in mind during your search.
Remove Potential Allergens: Part of being considerate to guests and making your home look its best is cleaning your home of pet hair and dander prior to showings.
Replace Pet-damaged Goods: Whether Fido got a hold of a throw pillow or Whiskers tried to climb one of the curtains, replacing damaged furniture prior to a showing will help you present your home in the best light and put the buyers more at ease if they have a pet-related allergy or are worried about potential pet damage.
Take Them to Daycare: If possible, have your pet(s) moved elsewhere when presenting your home to potential buyers, whether it’s letting a friend pet-sit or sending them to daycare for that day.
Stage Your Pet(s): If removing your pet(s) from the house during a home showing is not an option, then have them look their best by grooming them and adding a little flair like a handkerchief, sweater, or another accessory. To prevent direct contact with potential buyers, move them into their own space with everything they need behind a pet gate and include a sign near the entrance that lets guests know that they’re present.
With these tips, I hope that you feel more comfortable and confident about how to include your pets in your home buying or selling plans. As always, I’m here for you if you have any other questions about buying or selling with a pet! You can contact me at 480-355-8645 and, together, we can figure out arrangements that work for the whole family.