Would you believe there are almost 90 million dogs living in homes across America? With all the buying and selling in today’s real estate market that’s a lot of four-legged friends moving into new homes alongside their owners.
Like any other family member, it’s essential that dogs get a fair shake when it comes to checking out potential properties. If you’re an animal lover here are some of the ways you can make sure your pet will feel comfortable in their new environment.
Remember that your new home is also your pet’s new home. Before you even consider making an offer you’re probably going to walk from room to room and imagine what it might be like to live there. After you’ve checked out the house for yourself try doing it from your pet’s perspective:
Is the backyard yard open and have enough space for them to play? If not, is there another place they can go to have fun?
What kind of fencing does the yard have? A large wooden fence is more private but keeps your friend from looking out. Likewise, a chain link fence might leave a barking pup open to too many distractions.
How are the floors? Wood flooring and tile tend to best accommodate heavy pet traffic. Some animals may be confused by the slippery surface or find the floor too cold to lie on.
Are there stairs? Expect your dog to follow when you go up there! Some breeds and many older dogs have difficulty climbing up and down.
At some point, you and your pooch are going to want to head outside for a walk around your new neighborhood. It’s important that the surrounding area be friendly not just for leashed activity, but a loose dog that might have accidentally gotten out.
What are your immediate neighbors like on each side? Do they have any pets of their own? Do they have children? Ideally, you want neighbors who fit well with both you and your dog’s temperament.
Are there any local ordinances regarding dogs and pets? Some cities limit the number of dogs and type of breed within a home. Make sure you’re within the law and have any proper paperwork or licenses on file.
What is the HOA’s stance on dogs? Homeowners Associations can have a completely different set of rules for pet owners from the local government, and sometimes these rules can be unusually restrictive. Make sure your dog is welcome in your new community before you sign that offer.
How busy is the neighborhood in terms of cars and traffic? If you’re close to a busy road there’s an added risk if your pet hightails it from home.
Is there exotic vegetation? Landscaping can be beautiful but also extremely dangerous. Beware of potentially poisonous plants along your walking route or within easy access of your pet.
Out & About
When we choose somewhere to live we usually pick a place with plenty of nearby activities. Your dog is no different! Check around for things your dog might be interested in such as:
Dog parks are great socializing spots for both dogs and people. If you find one in your area it’s a great indicator of a pet-friendly environment.
There will always be that food or special toy your dog wants that you can’t find anywhere else. A nearby pet store ensures you can get those items in a pinch.
Locate a trusted vet to visit when your dog doesn’t feel well.
Where else do you like to take your pet? Doggy daycare? The spa? The groomer? Check out these places in advance and make sure they meet you (and your pup’s) expectations.
Buying a Home Doesn’t Have to Be Ruff!
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