How Pets Affect Home Choices



In addition to traditional factors like a home’s location and size, pets are increasingly influencing movers’ decisions, according to a new report.


Commissioned by Mayflower, a St. Louis-based moving company, the 2019 Mayflower Mover Insights Survey asked 2,904 American pet owners who have recently moved about the role pets played in their choices. More than one-third (39%) of respondents who were pet owners and recent movers said their pets influenced their choice of home. 


Other key findings include:


• Many recent movers with pets (26%) said their animals influenced their choice of community. 


• A wide majority (80%) of pet owners said that they prioritized a home with pet-friendly features, such as yard size and plenty of indoor space. 


• More than two-thirds of past movers tried to stay close to their pet’s favorite park and their vet.


Future movers also cited pets as a significant influence on their home-related choices. In fact, nearly half (48%) said their pet will play a role in deciding on their next home, and 33% said their pet will influence their choice of community. This group also said they are willing to pay 32% more than their current housing costs to secure more pet-friendly features, with millennial respondents willing to spend 45% more.


Of course, moving is a stressful event—made even more so when a pet is involved. Half of pet owners reported that their pet had trouble adjusting to their new environment. To facilitate a smooth transition, 50 percent looked up tips for moving with a pet prior to the big day; 80 percent also gave their pet more attention than usual. 


You can read about the rest of the survey results here. 


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