It can be easy to overlook important members of the family in the excitement of house hunting, your pets. While it can sometimes seem like they are happy as long as they are fed, there are some issues to think about if want to buy a pet-friendly home.
The Letter of the Law
Before you buy a home, you need to be sure that there aren’t rules restricting pet ownership. Pet laws are most common in condo and HOA developments, but local rules could apply whatever type of home you purchase.
There could be laws about particular dog breeds or a limit on the number of animals you can keep in your home. Also, licensing could be needed for your pet in some cities.
If your dog tends to bark a lot, could local noise ordinances affect you? Developments could have unusual rules which limit the number of dogs that are allowed on each floor, or mandate how your pet needs to be restrained in and around the complex. You need to be aware of these laws before you commit to purchasing.
Walking the Dog
Is the neighborhood pet-friendly? Are their sidewalks that will make taking your dog for a walk easy? Is there a park or trail nearby that will be ideal for your dog and a nice walk for you?
If the area doesn’t have sidewalks, exercising your dog is going to be more dangerous. If the home is close to a busy road or intersection, there is a risk to cats, and dogs if they escape.
Even if you have a lot of open space around the home, there could be a risk from the local wildlife. For example, coyotes can attack cats and smaller dogs if they become more desperate from a lack of food.Buying a Home with Pets | 5 Things to Consider
Fencing Them In
Being able to allow your pets to roam your back yard is great for the pets and you. You will need a secure fence to make sure they can’t escape or allow other animals in, however. If there isn’t already a fence at the home you are looking to buy, are you allowed fencing?
Local or development covenants may restrict the construction of fences. There could also be rules about the construction of dog kennels, or which outlaw dog runs.
Is the layout of the home going to be good for your pets? If you have a large dog, they are going to need more room and a place for their bed. If you are moving to a smaller home, less space could stress your animals.
What sort of flooring does the home have? If the home has a lot of carpets, particularly if they are a light color, this could bring some issues. It isn’t going to be fun cleaning up muddy paw prints after your dog has bounded into your living space on a wet day. Cats can scratch at the carpet to sharpen their claws, doing damage if it isn’t addressed.
If you have pets, a hardwood floor is often a better choice. If you want something softer on the floor, consider a rug which is easier to clean and cheaper to replace.
A hardwood floor is, not only, easier to clean but can be refinished if it gets scratched. If you are replacing the flooring there are a few really good options to consider to make your pet-owning life easier. Tiles, laminate, vinyl, and poured concrete are all options that suit pets and suit a range of budgets.
Reclaimed wooden flooring is another possible choice that could be suitable for your home. If your pets manage to damage or scratch the surface, it only adds to the distressed look of the floor, adding character. Now if your home has carpet you can always make home improvements that add value, like upgrading to wood or tile floors that will be better for your pet.
Taking the Stairs
If the home is over multiple floors, are your dogs going to cope? As dogs get older, problems with movement and joints can start to trouble them. Of course, this isn’t only a problem for your pets and could be a consideration for their owner as well.
Homes that have stairs can benefit from a carpet runner if they aren’t already carpeted. This will make it easier and safer for dogs, making them less likely to slip down the stairs.
Whether you’re looking to buy a home with pets or sell a home with pets they should always be taken into consideration. If you consider your next home with your pets in mind, you will, not only, make your life easier but make your pets happier and safer in their new surroundings. The same holds true if you’re only looking to rent at this time.
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About the Author
Top Wellington Realtor, Michelle Gibson, wrote: “Buying a Home with Pets | 5 Things to Consider”
Michelle has been specializing in residential real estate since 2001 throughout Wellington Florida and the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent she will guide you through the entire real estate transaction. If you’re ready to put Michelle’s knowledge and expertise to work for you call or e-mail her today.
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