4 Factors to Review When House Hunting with Your Pet
Do you have a furry member in your family? While homeowners with children already know to look for a reputable school district when it comes to the house hunt, pets shouldn’t be overlooked during this process, either. Here are four factors to review when it comes time to house hunt with your pet.
When you’re house hunting with your pet, you’ve got to consider the floor plan. For example, you don’t want to have too open of a floor plan. There might be times when you need to gate your pets off in an enclosed area, but you still want to keep an eye on them. If your floor plan is too open, it will be hard trying to find a space that serves both purposes. Additionally, when it comes to how many levels your home has, two-story homes with many sets of stairs are not ideal for elderly pets since too much climbing can be hard on their joints.
Now that you’ve narrowed down a home based on the floor plan and layout, it’s time to consider the material of the floors. While you might love hardwood floors in your home, is it worth it if they’ll be easily scratched up by your pets? A few alternatives to hardwood flooring is laminate, vinyl or engineered tiles. If you must have hardwood, there are some versions that are more durable than others to withstand the wear and tear of your pets.
Yard or Green Space
Having a space for your furry family member to roam and exercise is crucial, which means having a large, fenced-in backyard is ideal. If your yard does not come with a fence, you’ll want to consider installing a fence or an invisible fence. However, there are just some homes where yards aren’t as big as we’d hoped them to be. If so, look for a home that is near a dog park or nature trails where you can not only exercise your pet, but you can make sure they are getting socialized.
Of course, if you’re moving into a HOA community, condo or townhouse, these types of communities often have their own set of restrictions regarding pets. For instance, there might be a certain type of species that are not permitted within the community. Or there might be a restriction on the total number of pets you have in your home or their size. Whatever the restriction, it’s important to do your homework before buying a home in a community with regulations regarding your pets.