Top Pet-Friendly Features Home Buyers Want

Judie Docs, Executive Officer
CSP, CMP, CGP, MCSP, MIRM
North Coast Building Industry Association

As pet ownership continues to rise, so does the demand for homes catering to our four-legged
companions' unique needs. From fenced yards to pet-friendly interior designs, the emphasis on
creating a harmonious living space for homeowners and their pets is reshaping the concept of
an ideal home.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) surveyed new and prospective home buyers
about various home features and preferences, including pet-related ones. The survey found
that pet-friendly communities and neighborhood amenities (like dog parks, proximity to vet
services, or pet-friendly businesses) can influence home buying decisions. Here is a closer look
at some of the most sought-after features.
Outdoor Spaces. Many pet owners prioritize homes with fenced yards, providing a safe space
for their pets to roam freely. Not just any type of green space influences buyers. Owners also
seek pet-friendly landscaping, such as a well-maintained lawn or a garden.
Easy to Maintain Spaces. Life can be messy at times, especially with four-legged friends at
home. According to the NAHB survey, buyers with pets prefer durable and easy-to-clean
flooring materials like hardwood, tile, or laminate. Homes with features that make cleaning up
after pets easier, such as washing stations or minimal carpeting are also appealing.
Built-In Pet Spaces. Everyone wants their own flexible space at home, including pets. Features
like built-in pet beds, feeding stations, or even designated pet rooms are ideal. In addition, a
pet-friendly entryway that make it convenient for pet owners to clean and care for their pets
before entering the main living spaces are popular options in homes.
Neighborhood Amenities. Spending time outdoors with pets is easier if a home is near a
walking trail or a pet-friendly park for daily walks and exercise. Another location-based bonus
for buyers is the proximity to pet services like grooming salons, veterinary clinics, or pet supply
stores.

Smart Home Technology. Incorporating gadgets that can help create a pet-friendly home is also
popular. Buyers seek ways to easily integrate smart home technology, such as pet monitoring
systems or automated pet doors.
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