According to the American Pet Products Association, 39% of all households in the United States own a cat while 46% own at least one dog. That’s roughly 86 million cats and 78 million dogs. In 2010, these beloved pet owners spent over $50 billion on pet products such as food, toys, medical expenditures, etc. Yes, pet owners can be passionate about their furry children. And just like parents who actively seek out homes near good schools, home-buying pet owners also need to consider a checklist.
Check county, city, and Home Owners Associations (HOA) restrictions. Just because you can own a barn, doesn’t mean you can have horses. Many counties and cities restrict the kind and number of pets allowed. HOA also tends to place rules on type, size, noise level and whether the animals are allowed to walk around the neighborhood.
Consider home interior features such as carpet and wood floors. Some owners prefer wood floors, however scratches can also be a concern. Check the durability of the flooring.
Is there enough room, and is it the right layout for your furry children? Think about where your pet’s items can be stored. For cats, where can the litter box go? Or where can I bathe the dog? If you have older pets, stairs might be a concern.
Fence me in. Fences help provide a safe place for your pet to play. However, if the home you like doesn’t have a fence, ask your realtor to contact a contractor to provide an estimate.
Check the neighborhood to see if it’s pet friendly. Are other residents out walking their animals on leashes? Check out potential neighbors to the left and right of the home you’re considering. See if they have pets, and if so, of what type and personality? You want friendly neighbors, and so do Fluffy and Snowball.
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