Staging, cleaning, home repairs—these are all ways to make your home more appealing to potential buyers before putting it on the market. However, when putting a home up for sale, people often forget about some key family members: pets. 

It’s becoming increasingly important to potential buyers that they have an environment where their furry friends can thrive, so we’ve pulled together a few ways to make your home more animal-friendly. From pet-resistant flooring to selecting a walkable neighborhood, here are four qualities pet lovers are looking for in a home. 

1. Pet-Resistant Flooring

When making your home conducive to your furry friends, it’s smart to evaluate your flooring options. Animal Behavior College recommends stone, vinyl, laminate, or cork as the most friendly options. Tile and stone flooring, for instance, are scratch-resistant, water-resistant, and stain-resistant. 

2. Yard with Fencing

Since 68 percent of households in the US own a pet, homebuyers are starting to add a yard with a fence into their search criteria. It’s critical to give a pet freedom to roam while also keeping out unwanted critters who might stray in. Tall backyard fences are the perfect addition to ensure that furry friends stay safe while also providing more privacy to homeowners—it’s a win-win!

3. Pet-Friendly Layout

According to a survey, 79 percent of pet-owning millennials who closed on a property said they would pass up on an otherwise perfect home if it didn’t meet the needs of their pet. Every pet has different needs, but there are a few universal elements that make spaces more convenient for all pet owners, such as bathtubs to help keep pets washed and groomed and secure storage to hold certain home cleaning products that could prove toxic to animals if ingested.

4. Walkable neighborhood

Even if you have a backyard, pet-friendly neighborhoods are a big plus and an element worth highlighting if your property meets the criteria. Is your neighborhood pet friendly and easily walkable? Are there dog parks nearby or other pet owners in the area? Having nearby spaces where pets can socialize with other animals is valuable to many homeowners as well. 

If you are looking to explore Nashville real estate, contact Denise Cummins today. From Forest Hills to Green Hills real estate, Denise serves a wide range of neighborhoods. Her expertise can help guide you through the home buying or selling process. 


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