Updated: May 6, 2021

Do Pets influence real estate sales? Yes. Eighty-one percent of Americans say animal-related considerations play a role when deciding on their next living situation, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors. Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed said they would not give up their pets because of housing restrictions or limitations.

Twelve percent of pet owners have moved to accommodate their animal, and nineteen percent said they would consider moving to accommodate their pets. Pet owners will not write an offer on a property if it isn’t appropriate for their pet. When Buying, Selling or Renovating, it’s an Animal House says Realtors

Buying and Selling with a Pet by Jim Vogel

Buying and selling a home can be a big decision. It’s one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. When you have pets, there are added stresses and responsibilities to take into consideration such as how to get your home prepared for prospective buyers that may or may not be pet-friendly.

Here are some tips to get your home buyer ready while keeping your pets safe and happy. It’s probably a good idea that if you’re out with your dog looking at Open Houses you might want to leave your dog in the car. Not everyone appreciates pets, no matter how cute they are, and some people have allergies or aversions to certain breeds. Just leave Fluffy at home if he/she is not happy sitting alone in your vehicle.

When you put your house up for sale one of the most important parts is keeping it clean and organized so that potential buyers can see themselves living there. Buyers are put off by odors and clutter. You’ll need to go through your home to look for areas that need to be cleaned up and sometimes deodorized.  If you have tile, laminate, or hardwood flooring give it a once-over with a light mopping every day to keep it looking it’s best.

Spring and summer are the most popular seasons for house hunters and they’re out there now so if your home is listed for sale it’s very important to be on top of your game.

Make your house irresistible during open houses and make arrangements for your pet to stay with a friend or sitter. For many pet owners, their dogs are like their children, which can make it hard to keep them away from home. However, potential buyers are attracted to homes that appear clean and smell good. Having your pet around may or may not work with all buyers. Play it safe. Take your dog for a walk. You can reach Jim Vogel at

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