When It’s Time to Find a Palace That’s Fit for a Puppy…

As a dog owner, you likely place your pup’s needs right up there with your own. If this is the case, then choosing a new home shouldn’t be an exception. In fact, several studies show that people are placing more and more importance on the happiness and safety of their dogs when it comes to home buying. An article by Time cites a study conducted by SunTrust Mortgage that found that one-third of millennials purchased homes strictly based on their pet ownership.

When purchasing a home with your dog in mind, there are a few factors to remember. In addition to finding a home with enough space, you also want to keep in mind any pertinent city ordinances and neighborhood regulations. Check out this article for home buying tips that are geared just for dog owners.

Consider the Pros and Cons of Townhouses or Condominiums

Depending on your budget, a single-family home with a sprawling backyard may or may not be in your budget. If an apartment, townhouse, or condominium is more in your price range, be sure to look for spaces that are dog-friendly. Read the fine print, as some apartments only accept dogs up to a certain weight limit.

When searching online for pet-friendly listings, you can often narrow your search to show only apartments and housing options that accept dogs. Check out the pet-friendly section of Homes.com here to find the perfect apartment, condo, townhouse, or home for you and your four-legged friend.

Find a Home With a Pet-Friendly Layout

When looking at properties that will accommodate you and your dog, think about the details of the layout of your home. Not only is space to run around outside ideal, but certain details inside are also very important. For instance, try to look for homes that don’t have delicate wood floors that could easily get scratched as your dog romps around.

If your pet is older and has stiff legs, a huge staircase leading up to the front door may not be ideal. If you prefer to keep your dog confined to certain rooms of the house, you’ll want to know if the layout is conducive to this, or if there’s a super open floor plan. Mulling over these details beforehand will help you avoid expensive renovations in the future.

Consider Neighborhood Street Traffic With Your Dog

Living on a super busy road can be nerve-wracking if you have a dog that likes to bolt off unexpectedly. If you are the type of owner who likes to let your dog roam around in the yard, a more isolated, quiet neighborhood might be more ideal.

If you decide on a neighborhood with busier streets, think about nearby outlets where you can take your pup to let out some energy in a safe environment. Dog parks and dog-friendly parks are a great asset to have in your neighborhood, and will also help you to meet like-minded dog people.

Read up on Homeowners Associations Rules

Not every HOA allows pets, so make sure the neighborhoods you’re looking at are dog-friendly. There may also be restrictions on the size, type, and number of pets you can have in your home.

In addition to checking out homeowners association rules and regulations, take an informal tally of how many other dog owners you spot in any given neighborhood. The more dogs you spot, the higher the chances of having an awesome dog community in that neighborhood. Keep your eyes out for dog walking paths and pet waste bag receptacles, as these can also be good indicators of how pet-friendly the neighborhood is.

Research the Pet History of a Home

As you look at homes and apartments, ask your Realtor about previous pets who have lived in those homes. Keep your eye out for any damage that could be caused by pets. If you’re renting, make sure that you note scratches on the floor and other pet-related damage before you sign your lease, and document everything with photographs.

Keep in mind that pet odors can be difficult to remove from a home. Look for spaces with good ventilation and tile or wood flooring that won’t hold onto musty pet odors. This could help you get back your security deposit and avoid paying fines if you are renting.

Find a Pawsitively Perfect Home for You and Your Pup

Once you’ve found the right digs for you and your dog, you’ll love spreading out in your own space with your best four-legged friend. Remember that moving locations can be stressful for animals, so make sure to give your dog a little extra attention as moving day approaches.