Home Renovations to Accommodate Family Animals

For homeowners, animals are part of the family according to 99 percent of animal owners that NAR surveyed in its new report Remodeling Impact: Animal House. Nevertheless, finding a rental property or a home owners association that accommodates animals, according to 61 percent of REALTORS®, can be difficult.

Nearly half of all animal owners have undertaken a home renovation project to accommodate their family animals (52 percent), and owners feel a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. The overall Joy Score for home renovations for animals was 9.4.

The most popular animal renovation projects were building a fenced yard (23 percent), adding a doggy door (12 percent), and installing laminate flooring (10 percent). All three projects received a Joy Score of 9.2 or higher once completed. Three-fourths of animal owners feel that constructing a fenced yard (78 percent) and adding laminate flooring (76 percent) are important to the home for their animals. Other renovation projects include installing a mudroom or animal washing station, animal pool/water feature, kitty litter closet, and doggy door.

Of the owners that completed a renovation project, 44 percent hired a professional to do their project and 56 percent did a renovation themselves. Those that hired a professional had a greater sense of satisfaction (65 percent) than those that completed one themselves (61 percent). Those that completed a project themselves had a greater sense of accomplishment (58 percent) than those that hired a professional (52 percent).


As income goes up, the percent of animal owners that completed a home renovation for their animal increases. In addition, as income goes up, so does the share that hired a professional to complete their home renovation project compared to those that completed a project themselves.

Single males were more likely to renovate to accommodate an animal than single females. Married and unmarried couples equally renovated at a similar rate. More than two-thirds of single males completed a project themselves compared to only half of single females instead of hiring a professional. Married couples were more likely than unmarried couples to hire a professional.