If you saw a lot of house hunters going in and out of property viewings last weekend with dogs in tow then the cause of the canine kerfuffle will be hybrid estate agent eMoov, which is hosting two days of pet-friendly viewings.
On Saturday and Sunday those completing property viewings were able to take their pets with them as long as they tell eMoov in advance.
The initiative coincides with research from online dog walking service Rover.com that reveals 82% of pet owners would consult their pooches before picking a property.
And man’s best friend must also have an appropriately sized garden and local paths and open spaces for walks too before their owners will consider a purchase, apparently.
Emoov is not quite as barking mad as you might think. One in four households in the UK has a dog and 40% of Rover’s users say they’d like to take theirs with them when being shown around homes for sale.
The ‘doggy’ property viewings are only being trialled this weekend but, if successful, could be rolled out as a permanent feature of eMoov’s service.
“The majority of owners view their dog as a member of the family and we believe each member should have an equal say in the home they live in,” says Rover’s European General Manager Christopher Cederskog.
“Dogs have a strong intuition and their character can change dramatically if they are unhappy, especially in unfamiliar or unwelcoming surroundings.
“We feel strongly that all owners should take their dogs to view a house before buying, to guarantee the happiness of the whole family in their new environment.”
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