If you are looking for a new home, don’t forget to think about your pet! After all, they are moving with you. Most people who do have a dog are already thinking of their pet when looking at a house, but here are 5 things that we have found to be common items people are looking for when they are considering a house.
- Outdoor space. This is probably the biggest thing people look for! Dogs need space to burn off energy and run around. Some breeds need more space than others. Know your breed so you know what you need in outdoor space. Don’t forget about fencing either. Fencing can get really expensive. If you want a fenced in yard, make it a priority on your wish list so we can help you find it! Sometimes the area you’re looking may not have very good options for backyards or personal outdoor space, but there could be a dog park nearby or some trails where you and your dog can burn off some steam. If you are an active person, this could be a good option for you as well. It’s just always good to take assessment of your lifestyle and your dog’s personality to find the best place for both of you!
- Flooring. All dogs shed. Some way more so than others, but flooring and home maintenance is definitely something to think about. Sometimes a low pile carpet and a Roomba are your style or you prefer hard floors so you can sweep. If you are looking at hard floors, you’ll want to try and get something that your fur baby’s claws won’t scratch so you don’t need to replace it in a few years or before moving in.
- HOA. If you are looking to live in a certain subdivision. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the HOA’s rules. Some have specific rules regarding breeds, yards, and other things that may impact your decision.
- Atmosphere. If your dog has high anxiety or other personality traits that could be aggravated by high traffic or a lot of activity, looking to live in a busy area is probably not the best idea. Just another thing to be aware of when picking an area to live.
- Layout. Does your dog sleep in your room? Do you have an aging dog? You might want to look for a house where your bedroom is on the main floor to make access easier for your dog if they are older or as they grow older. Maybe you also want a specific space for your dog, so make sure if you want a specific room for them or area for them that you put it on your wish list!
There are loads of other things to think about when moving with pet. Some people want to be close to a doggy daycare, their groomer, or other dog amenities. Some people want loads of land and to be in the country. When shopping for a home for you and your dog, it is what is right for your lifestyle and your dog’s lifestyle. Everyone’s needs will look different. If you are looking to work with an agent that understands you and your pet’s needs, I would love to work with you to help you find the perfect home!
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