During the pandemic, many homeowners undertook remodeling projects of all types to enhance their living quarters, while many others picked up roots and moved as a result of shifting family priorities and the ability to work remotely from anywhere.
A smaller segment made the move for the sake of their pets.
According to a new survey from Rover and Zillow, 24 percent of dog parents in the U.S. have moved into a new home since March 2020, and 62 percent would consider moving to a new home to better accommodate their dog.
“Home became more important than ever during the pandemic, sparking the Great Reshuffling,” Amanda Pendleton, Zillow home trends expert, said in a press release. “As we rethink where and how we want to live, we’re reevaluating what we want and need in a home in this new normal. For many families, that includes considering what’s best for their four-legged family members.”
According to the Rover/Zillow survey, homes with a dog house sold for 3 percent more than expected last year, while homes with a fenced yard or dog run sold a few days faster than similar homes without these features – even in a year where the market has moved exceptionally fast.
As pets take an ever greater role in family life, it’s no surprise then that our dogs’ needs are a top priority for pet parents considering a new home.
A majority of dog parents surveyed – 84 percent – say dog-friendly features such as a home with a dog door or living near a dog park are important factors in their moving decisions. In fact, 84 percent said they are willing to spend more for these features.
The most-desired home feature, however, is a fenced-in outdoor space. But finding a new home with a jump-proof fence is becoming more difficult as developers strive to preserve the views and feeling of open space in new subdivisions by installing short fences between properties or no fences at all. Homeowners can, however, line the fences with chicken wire or dog wire.
According to the Rover and Zillow survey, the number of listings mentioning fenced yards and outdoor spaces grew more during the pandemic than any other dog-friendly feature Zillow analyzed. On top of that, homes that mentioned a fenced yard sold five days faster than expected.
Top 15 emerging dog-friendly cities
3. Anaheim, Calif.
4. Charlotte, N.C.
5. Birmingham, Ala.
8. Glendale, Ariz.
9. New Orleans
11. Fayetteville, N.C.
12. Fort Worth
15. St. Petersburg, Fla.
Source: Rover and Zillow survey
By Luanne Kadlub, At Home Colorado