Tips for Pet Owners when Buying a Home

It’s important to keep your pet’s needs in mind in any pending home purchase, most especially when you treat your furry, feathered or scaly friend as a member of your family.

Check whether local ordinances, regulations and neighborhood environment welcome pets because this affects how well your pets adapt to your new home and how much freedom they can have for their activities.

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Pet-friendly neighborhood tips:

Check local requirements.

dog parkIn any potential home purchase, familiarize yourself with city and county ordinances that are in place for health and safety reasons. They usually require pet owners to obey leash laws and clean up after your pet in public places. There will be a fine upon noncompliance. Of course many communities want to create and maintain the neighborhood as environment friendly as possible. Information on what pet parks and playgrounds exist in the area of a potential home should be available from the local parks and recreation department.

House pets such as cats, dogs, birds, fish and rabbits are acceptable in most types of housing. Though there may be restrictions on the total number of animals allowed in a single home. And if you plan to house farm animal as pet, such as a goat or a donkey, you should clarify the zoning regulations and ordinances with the proper officials.


Ask for apartment or HOA rules

dog parksA single-family home is likely to provide your pet with the most freedom, while a townhouse, apartment or condominium may be what fits your budget. There are available board rules and regulations for pets so you should need to check these options. Many homeowners’ associations (HOAs) typically govern condos and townhouses with rules and bylaws for what’s allowed, disallowed and required. Some will allow pets but restrict them to certain areas on the property. Fines will be faced for violating the rules and bylaws.


Assess the home layout

pets in the home1Is your pet comfortable inside and outside the home? Will your pet have enough yard or living space to live and play in without difficulty? Will your pet be happier with carpeting or tiled floor? Your pet can accidentally run over the windows at a floor level. Better check the layout of the home and think about what would be needed to make your pet comfortable there. Old pets may have difficulty going up and down the stairs so it’s better for them to be confined to a single floor house.

You can examine the outside of the home, too. Is the yard fenced? Is there a doghouse or place for your pet to roam and run around? You might want to check if the garden has a faucet to use when bathing your pet most especially if you have a big, hairy dog.

You will find personal enjoyment in your future house only if it accommodates the needs of your pet. Decide what you must have and what you can compromise on in considering the needs of your family, including pets. It is also good to talk to your potential neighbors to see if they are pet-friendly.


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“A happy pet makes a happy owner.”






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