Millennials have finally become one of the driving forces in the real estate market, as they have reached a point of financial security where homeownership has become a realistic possibility. They also have overtaken baby boomers as the biggest pet-owning generation, which means these younger home buyers will frequently be looking for pet-friendly homes when browsing the market.
If you’re looking for a pet-friendly (or, specifically, dog-friendly) house, here are a few of the most important considerations to keep in mind during your search:
- Yard: For dog owners, you’re probably going to want a yard that’s fenced in so you can let the dog out without having to worry about keeping them leashed or tethered. If you want your dog to be able to safely run free, having a fenced-in yard is the best way to do this. If you really love a home that does not have a fenced-in yard, you should add the cost of installing a fence into your estimations for the price of the house, and prioritize this as a first home improvement project.
- Neighborhood: What is the neighborhood like? Do other people in the neighborhood have dogs? Are you on a busy street with a lot of traffic, or a quiet residential road? Do people seem outgoing and friendly, or do they mostly keep to themselves? These are issues you should consider when determining the relative pet-friendliness of a home.
- Floors: What type of flooring do you have in the home? Some types of floors are more dog-friendly than others. For example, hardwood floors are highly durable and attractive (and easy to clean, too), but they are susceptible to water damage and scratches. This means you’ll need to keep your dog’s nails trimmed, and should consider placing mats under water bowls. Laminate and vinyl are more scratch- and water-resistant than hardwood, but do not last as long. Carpet is highly comfortable and provides traction, but can also trap hair and bacteria. Consider your preferences and what you think will be most conducive to your life as a dog owner.
- Location: Where is the property located? How close are you to dog parks, groomers, veterinarians or animal hospitals? While this might not influence a purchase decision, it’s at least something you’ll want to consider if you own a pet or plan to get one.
- Home layout: Do you have enough room in the home for your pets to play? Are they easily able to get from room to room? Are their stairs that might be challenging or even dangerous for an older pet? This is especially important if you allow your pets to have free run of the home when you are away.
These are just a few examples of some of the most important issues to factor into your housing search if you’re a pet owner. For assistance in finding a dream home that’s pet-friendly and meets all of your needs, we encourage you to contact Carpenter Real Estate, and we will be happy to be of assistance!