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The Pet Parent’s Guide to Buying a Home

The Pet Parent's Guide to Buying a HomeBuying a home is a big decision, and for pet parents, it can come with additional challenges. While searching for the perfect home, you want to make sure that it not only checks all the boxes for you but that it also accommodates your furry friends’ needs. As a pet owner, you also need to consider their safety, convenience, and comfiness. To help you find the perfect home for both you and your pet, here’s a pet parent’s guide to buying a home that covers the four things you should consider before making a purchase.

Outdoor space

If you have a dog, a secure outdoor space and a fenced yard are vital features when choosing a new home. Pets need an area to play, run, and exercise without any restrictions. If the home doesn’t have a fenced-in yard, check if it’s possible to build one. Fencing the full perimeter of the yard will ensure that your pet is contained within the set boundaries and away from hazardous environments and busy roads.


When considering a new home, take a close look at the flooring. Flooring can have a considerable impact on your pet’s mobility and health, as well as your cleaning efforts. Some flooring options, such as hardwood or tile, can scratch easily when pets run around or nails get too long. If you do choose hardwood or tile, be sure to have appropriate nail trimming and take other preventative measures to preserve the flooring. Carpet, on the other hand, can be great for cushioning your pet’s paws and is less prone to scratches. These flooring options will not only stand up to wear and tear but also help to keep your home cleaner and free from animal-related odors.

The Pet Parent's Guide to Buying a HomeNeighborhood

When looking for a new home, the location and neighborhood are as important to your pet as they are to you. The proximity of parks, trails, and green spaces can provide an ideal place for dogs to run and play. A pet-friendly neighborhood is also essential in ensuring your pet’s safety. Check to see if your potential new neighborhood has a high traffic volume, leash laws, and policies regarding pets, as they will impact your dog’s or cat’s lifestyle immensely.

Home layout and living spaces

Living spaces are essential when purchasing a new home, not just for humans, but also for pets. Pet parents should consider their furry friends’ size, age, and needs when deciding on a living space in a new home. Consider a home layout that offers a balance of open space and private areas for your furry friends. Are there spaces where your pets can retreat to when they want some alone time? Are there stairs that your pets might have difficulty navigating? Is there enough space to store your pets’ food, toys, and other items? Choose a new home that balances the needs of your pet with practicality and convenience for yourself.

The Pet Parent's Guide to Buying a HomeBuying a home with pets can be a daunting task, but by considering these four factors, you’ll be able to find a pet-friendly home that suits both your needs and the needs of your furry friends. With careful consideration and research, you’ll find the perfect home for you and your pets to enjoy together.

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