For those of us who are pet owners, we love our animals. We love our animals so much that many times they are a significant part of the decision process when it comes to buying a home. If you are an animal lover, it might be helpful to consider these questions as you begin your house hunt.
Is the backyard sufficient?
This depends on the size of your pet — and if it is predominately an outdoor or indoor pet. But for the sake of this write up, let’s assume you have a medium sized canine that likes to run. Most dogs like to run, so they need a bit of room. Having a backyard big enough for roaming around is a huge plus, so your pup can have his/her own territory to rule.
Other pets may require much more or less space and depending on how many animals you want is impactful too. Beyond the typical cat and dog pets, are you needing space for a larger animal like a horse? Do you want to have your own chickens? What about a goat? Obviously these needs require more than your typical yard and may affect what kind of home and space you need. Just make sure you are considering all your desires before you get yourself sold into a specific size home with a set amount of land.
Do you need a fenced in yard?
If you are a dog lover and want to make sure fido is happy and healthy, then a fenced-in yard is probably a good idea. This allows outdoor space for your pet to roam about without worry that they will run off to the next county before realizing they’ve gone too far.
Having a fenced-in yard is also a safety precaution, so your pet doesn’t wander into the road threatened by oncoming traffic. If there isn’t one and the home is appealing to you, check with the owner or homeowners association to see if one could be added.
Walking trails or parks
If the backyard is not as big as you like, but the house is a 10, research the area to see if there are dog-friendly parks and walking trails nearby. This may make the home with no yard, possible for your large dog. Just make sure these areas are dog friendly.
If you live in an area where the weather gets a bit chilly or downright cold in the winter time, having a garage not only for your car(s) is ideal, but great for your outdoor pet, too — especially if there’s an area for a bed, water, and food. Keeping your pet out of the elements is important to their health and happiness.
Any pet kept indoors will do some wear and tear on your flooring. Carpet will be torn up and often becomes stained by pets. Hardwood floors can be scratched easily and lighter floors stain just as well. There are a variety of pet-friendly flooring options available today. If your dream home needs some flooring rehab, consider a pet-friendly replacement that will stand up against the love of your pet. Your local hardware or flooring store should be able to guide you in the right direction. But if the house you’re considering already has a pet-friendly floor, another box checked.
Other pet considerations might be where the local veterinarian is located, is a pet store nearby for those necessities, and if the neighborhood is pet-friendly. All of these considerations are helpful for animal-loving homebuyers and we encourage you to consider these questions and more as you determine if the new home is right for you.