Today’s ‘Animal House’ Is More About ‘Joy Scores’ Than Toga Parties

For those who remember the 1978 American comedy classic, Animal House, you may wax nostalgic at the mere mention of college fraternities, keggers and drinking one’s self blotto for days on end. Well today’s ‘hair of the dog’ is no longer about acting like animals — but more about about taking care of our animals — namely our household pets.

Buying & Selling Homes in 2017 with Pets in Mind . . .

When making decisions about buying, selling or renovating our homes, Americans today are factoring Fido and Fifi into the equation. According to a survey out in February from the National Association of Realtors: 2017 Animal House: Remodeling Impact it was determined that 81% of respondents said that animal-related considerations play a role when deciding on their next living situation.

"In 2016, 61 percent of U.S. households either have a pet or plan to get one in the future, so it is important to understand the unique needs and wants of animal owners when it comes to home ownership," said NAR President William E. Brown, a realtor from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties.

Joy Scores

When it comes to the enjoyment homeowner’s gain from home-related projects, the National Realtors weigh our levels of interest according to what they term a “Joy Score.’ Ranging from 1- 10, Joy Scores, determine the amount of pleasure we derive from these types of projects — with 10 being the most.

Relating to our pets, when it comes to the enjoyment homeowners gain, fencing in a yard and installing laminated floors rated highest, both receiving Joy Scores of 9.4. Adding a dog door came in a close second with a Joy Score of 9.2.

Types of Pets

With pet owners who were also home owners, 83%, indicated they owned a dog, which helps explain the overwhelming popularity of dog-related renovation projects. 43% of those surveyed said they own a cat, 9% own a bird, reptile, amphibian, arthropod, small mammal, or miniature horse, 8% a fish and 5% own a farm animal.

Realtors Surveyed

Realtors were also surveyed about their relationships with animals, with 80% of realtors considering themselves animal lovers and 68% indicating that they have pets of their own. 12% of Realtors surveyed volunteer for an organization that helps animals, and 21% plan to volunteer in the future.

They also indicated thirty percent of their pet-owning clients very often will refuse to make an offer on a home because it is not ideal for their animal. Realtors also noted that 61% of buyers find it difficult to locate a rental property or a homeowners association that accommodates animals.

When it comes to selling a home, 67% of realtors say animals have a moderate to major effect on selling a home. Approximately two-thirds of them said they advise animal owning sellers to always replace things in the home damaged by an animal, have the home cleaned to remove any animal scents and to take animals out of the home during an open house or showing.

Part of the Family

The reason this post is titled “Today’s Animal House. . . “ is because homes in the 21st Century are bought and sold with our pets in mind. According to the survey, 99% of pet owners said they consider their animal part of the family, and this becomes apparent in the sacrifices pet owners are willing to make when it comes to buying and selling homes – 89% of those surveyed said they would not give up their animal because of housing restrictions or limitations.

Please weigh in readers. Have you bought or sold your homes with your pets in mind? Comment below and tell us of your ‘Animal House’ experiences.

Today’s ‘Animal House’ Is More About ‘Joy Scores’ Than Toga Parties