If you’re a pet owner who is buying a home, you are probably already thinking about your needs for your four-legged friends. After all, about 70 percent of American households are pet owners, which just shows this is a country full of animal lovers.
In fact, data from the National Association of Realtors shows 43 percent of households in the United States are willing to change their living situation to ensure their pets’ needs are met. The Triangle is full of pet lovers as well. And if you’re one of those people willing to move for your pet, or if you’re moving and need to find a home that fits their needs, we’ve outlined the things you should consider as you house hunt.
Look for pet-friendly amenities in a home
Today’s homes have the best amenities for pets and their owners. For example, many new homes are being fully loaded from the start with amenities such as dog-washing stations in laundry rooms or mudrooms to make it easier to get your pups clean. You may also want to look for pet nooks or spaces where you can give your pets a comfy space to rest. Builders across the Triangle are adding these spaces due to the rising popularity of “barkitecture.”
However, there are also some simpler things to consider in a home as well. Good flooring for a pet is anything that will be durable, easy to clean, and long-lasting. Look for homes with tile, vinyl, laminate, and some types of wood to ensure your floors are good for your pets for years to come.
Find a yard that suits your pet’s needs
If you have a dog, your yard will likely be a big consideration as you search for a new home. What you may not realize is how much you should be aware of before you find the right yard. You’re likely already aware that you want to find a home with enough yard to give your best friend plenty of space to play. But make sure you know what will best suit your dog. For example, if you have a high-energy dog, a spacious yard may be important. If you have a pet that digs, you may want to make sure your fence is highly secure or that there aren’t any toxic plants that your dog can accidentally ingest while at play.
Be sure to determine the right type of fence for your dog as well. Simply having a fence may not be enough. Some dogs may be able to escape by jumping a fence or if a door doesn’t latch well. You may even want to ensure you have a privacy fence over a chain-link fence if you have a dog that is protective of your home. Be sure the yard will truly keep your best friend safe from the issues that may arise.
Map proximity to pet essentials
If you’re moving to a new part of the Triangle or from a different city altogether, you’ll want to make sure you’re close to the places you need for your pet. Search for proximity to spots like a veterinarian’s office, pet stores, pet groomers, parks, and dog parks. You may want to ask your Realtor for advice for finding the neighborhoods that are close to the locations you need most.
Understand the nuances of the neighborhood
The Triangle is a pet-friendly region. But you’ll still want to do your due diligence to determine if you’re in the right neighborhood for your pets as well. If you’re looking in a community with an HOA, you’ll want to see what kind of stipulations the community may have regarding pets. Be sure to ask your Realtor for advice on the neighborhoods that will be inviting to your pets.
You may want to walk neighborhoods ahead of time, too. Look for signs you’re in a pet-friendly neighborhood while you’re out exploring. If you see other people out walking with their dogs and if there are cats sitting on porches, it’s likely you’ve found a neighborhood that will be welcoming, not just for you, but for your pets as well.
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