4 Steps to a Pet-Friendly House

The family pet is an integral member of many households--and an integral factor when buyers are looking for a new place to call home. Here are 4 tips for making sure that your clients find a property that meets the needs of their furry friends.

April 1, 2011
  1. Get the basic information. Find out the pet’s breed, weight, age, and exercise regimen—and don’t forget to ask what its name is! Ask your clients if they’re planning to add any more pets, as there may be restrictions on the number of animals allowed in certain multifamily buildings or home owner associations. It also will help you determine the type of property your clients need.
  2. Do your homework before showings. That home may have a marvelous chef’s kitchen and upgrades galore, but if Fido won’t be comfortable, the owners won’t be happy. Find out what specific amenities or features the buyers are seeking for their pet. Then do your own research to find out if the property or community has any pet restrictions. 
  3. Impress clients with knowledge of local pet amenities. Create a pet resource list for your market area and give it to your clients. Include nearby veterinary clinics, emergency clinics, boarding facilities, dog parks, walking paths, grooming facilities, pet supply stores, and pet-friendly restaurants.
  4. Consider a property’s layout. Pet owners may like the little extras—a laundry room with space to wash the dog, under-window benches to store pet toys, extra kitchen storage for pet food. Point these things out to your clients; they’ll appreciate that you’re looking after their pet’s welfare.

Source: Rhona Sutter is a pet-friendly practitioner in Naples, Fla. She is the creator of The Pet Realty Network and the newly launched Pet Friendly Resource Directory.


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