If you have a pet and are thinking of purchasing a new home, it is important to consider the pet-friendly amenities of the property. Here are a few attributes that many pet owners prefer in a home.
Land to Roam
As you visit various homes for sale, be sure to ask about the actual size of your lot. Although a lot may appear large, the actual property lines may be misleading, especially if there is no border or barrier between the property and that of adjacent neighbors. Once you have confirmed where the property's perimeter lies, you can assess whether or not the size of the space is a good fit for your pet.
If your animal remains indoors almost continually, a small lot may suffice. However, if your pet enjoys the outdoors and loves to explore, a large lot size may be more fitting.
Also, review the landscaping choices that are currently in place. Some plants may be poisonous to your pet if ingested. Others may be physically dangerous due to spiky leaves and thorns.
Regardless of the lot size, a barrier to contain your furry family member is recommended. Many homes have chain-link or privacy fencing. Although chain link fencing will contain your pet, it will also expose it to all of the distracting sights on the other side of the fence. Animals are already frequently distracted by unfamiliar odors and sounds that they may encounter outdoors, and the addition of alarming views may overstimulate them.
Privacy fencing can be decorative and effective, so it can add to the attractiveness of the property. Just be sure that the height of the fence is sufficient to contain your pet, even if it loves to jump.
Even if your pet is fully potty-trained, it may still make an occasional mistake. Carpet may hold stains and odors, making it difficult to enjoy your living space. However, hardwood, vinyl, and other types of carpet-free flooring can make cleaning up easier and more thorough.
Some types of flooring, such as hardwood and various types of stone tile, may even help preserve the value of a property. If you find a home that you would like to purchase but the house is filled with carpet, consider speaking with the seller about changing the flooring as a condition of the sale.
To review the pet-friendly homes in your area, schedule a consultation with a local real estate professional.