Buying a Pet-Friendly Home

by c21commonweath_ldowling 25. February 2019 17:18

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Millennials. They love their dogs—a lot. According to a survey by SunTrust, 33% of millennial-aged individuals in the U.S. report wanting a home equipped with pet-friendly features. If you’re a dog or cat lover, here’s what you need to know about purchasing a pet-friendly home in a different town, city, or state. 

Local Animal Codes Vary

State laws allow local governments to create rules regarding the ownership of animals and pets. Municipal codes can be stricter than state laws, so it’s important to research local ordinances before purchasing a home in a neighborhood that doesn’t’ allow your breed of dog or number of cats. Get an introduction to animal ordinances here to understand how they work, ensuring your pet legally moves into your new home with you.

After researching local animal codes, get the scoop on pet rules in your complex. Homeowners associations sometimes have strict policies about the kind of pets allowed in apartments or condos. If pets aren’t outright banned from the complex, certain breed and weight restrictions may apply. Rules can also force your dog to be on a leash while in common spaces or prohibit breeding. Do your research ahead of time to avoid getting you and your pet in trouble!

Pet-Friendly Neighborhoods 

Investigate your neighborhood of choice to see just how pet-friendly it is or isn’t. If you can, take a drive around the block to see if other homeowners are walking their dogs or if cats are lazily sprawled out in driveways. The community’s attitude towards pets becomes clear after touring its streets and parks. Lastly, make sure plenty of space is available in the neighborhood for long walks and games of catch to keep your pet happy for years to come.

Avoid Pet Hazards

Consider potential pet hazards while on the hunt for the perfect house. If a home is built on a busy street, find ways to keep your dog or cat away from harm’s way. This may require building a fence. The same goes for pools, ponds, broken window screens, and poisonous plants and paints. Pets are curious, so you’ll need to pet-proof the place with the appropriate fencing and repairs before letting your dog or cat roam free.

Pet-Friendly Features

There are many pet-friendly features inside the home that make everyday pet care easy. Hardwood floors and tile are two such features. They’re easy to clean and don’t require busting out the carpet cleaner to get rid of stains and dirt, and if you have a cat, you won’t have to worry about the carpet being shredded to pieces. Large tubs are also helpful for bathing your pet and contain water when your dog or cat gets a little rambunctious. Stairs with carpet are also handy for helping your furry friend walk upstairs. Lastly, consider if vets and pet supply stores are nearby for added security and convenience.

The Ultimate Pet Home

Now that you know what pet-friendly, and not-so-friendly, features to look for, you’re well on your way to creating a safe and fun home for your furry friend. Do your research, consider hazardous obstacles, and look for fun amenities to create the ultimate home for you and your pets.