The home buying process is a bit daunting for anyone. There are so many things to consider when it comes to picking the best place for you and your family members. If one of those family members happens to be a dog, there are even more things that need to be considered. Just like every other household member, there are certain aspects your dog will need to be safe and happy in the new location. Here is a short list of some of the tips to consider when buying a home as a dog owner.
Look for a home that will offer your dog outdoor space.
Outdoor space is pretty important for a dog, especially if you won't be taking the dog on frequent walks for exercise or if the interior size of the house doesn't really make it possible for the dog to run. You don't have to have a huge backyard, but something small that can be fenced in and is safe from the road is a good choice. In urban areas, homes with any real backyard at all can be a little harder to find, so taking your search outside of city limits may be best.
Consider the neighbors and how they will work out with your dog.
Does your dog bark a lot through the night? Is it a friendly animal or is it timid and aggressive around strangers? These are serious things to consider when you are shopping for a home as a dog owner. It may not be best to get a home that has super-close neighbors if you have a dog that your neighbors will view as a threat or a nuisance. Likewise, consider if the surrounding neighbors also have pets and how your dog will react to those pets.
Find a home that has a dog-friendly design.
Interior elements about a home can be changed, but most people prefer not to move into a home and immediately have to start making changes. Certain interior features may not be so good if you are moving in with a dog. For example, having carpet in the house if your dog sheds a lot can be a major pain because you will forever be tackling hair on the floors with a vacuum instead of just sweeping it up like you would on wood or other hard floors. Something else to consider: how does your dog do with stairs? Some dogs are terrified of stairs, so a two-story design may have to be avoided.
Keep all of these things in mind when you are looking for real estate purchases that will help you keep your dog safe and happy.