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Pet-friendly homes

Our pets are part of the family, and in some cases, they rule the family! This is being translated into a new home design trend … a room dedicated to a pet. A huge percentage of the population in Anacortes, WA are pet owners.

A pet room might be a flex room or the space under the stairs converted to a room for the pet with access by a pet door. It is definitely a growing trend we see in Anacortes WA and Skagit County. If you are a cat person, a cat room might have multiple litter boxes, a fan, cat perches, and toys.

Spa-like master baths have been around for a long time, but now we are seeing more pet spas in homes, typically in the mudroom/laundry area of the home. These rooms have wash stations which could be just a walk-in shower with a handle spray, or as elaborate as a walk-in bathtub with a door (which starts at $3,000). The pet spas might have a grooming table, large air dryer, kick plate attached to the built-in vacuum, and a mirror at the appropriate height for the family member with 4 legs. Some of these rooms also have toy storage, a water station, food storage, TVs, and food bowls at the appropriate height, to prevent strain on the pet.

It really isn’t that odd if you think about it. Homebuyers shop for homes with yards that will fit a pet’s needs. A fence is a must if your dog is allowed outside without a leash. Buyers also might select a home close to a park where they can walk the dog and have some fun outdoors.

Just remember if you have a custom pet room in your home, don’t do permanent modifications that only work for your pet or you could be hurting the resale value of your home. If you are going to modify a room, make sure it is easy to convert it back to the original room when it is time to sell your home in Anacortes, WA, or Skagit County.

If you have any questions on whether a modification to your home will hurt the resale value of your home, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss the pros and cons and give you our honest opinion.