There are a lot of things people look for when buying a home. Open floor plans and good neighborhoods can go a long way. However, there are outdoor features that can increase a home’s value, and they might surprise you.
According to a report between real estate website Zillow and dog-sitting service Rover, outdoor animal-friendly amenities can not only make a house sell for more money, but also make it sell faster.
The report states listings that include dog houses tend to sell for about 3% more than other homes. As for ones with fenced-in back yards, those sold five days sooner than others on the market. The news isn’t so surprising when you look at pet owners’ attitudes toward their animals.
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Of the pet owners surveyed for the report, 62% would move for their animal, and a whopping 86% said pet-friendly features are an important part of their home. In fact, roughly 40% of respondents said they’d be willing to pay up to $5,000 more for a home with features like doghouses and fenced-in yards.
Those looking to sell their homes in the next year might want to consider getting their yards fenced in or popping a dog house out back. Good news: we’ve got some suggestions for you.