If you’re looking to purchase a new home, here are some considerations to make sure your four-legged friends are safe and happy:
A) Sufficient & Safe Outdoor Space
A yard or outdoor dog run is your pet’s playground. Keep in mind the size your animals; larger animals of course need more space. Proper fencing is a must to ensure the safety of your animals, as is an area with shelter to protect them from the rain and direct sunlight and heat. Also, make sure to check for any plants, flowers or shrubs that may be toxic to pets.
B) Outdoor Amenities
From food and water stations features to paths and platforms to dog runs, there are a plethora of luxury extras to keep your pets happy and entertained.
C) Pet-Friendly Neighborhood
A nearby dedicated dog park/play area and access to pet waste stations is ideal. Also, other pets in the neighborhood is great socialization for your pets and you. It’s always more fun to walk your dog with nearby neighbors that also have pets!
A) Energy-Efficient Pet Doors
Give your pets the freedom to come and go as they please. Make sure the flaps are airtight and energy efficient.
Pets have accidents–make sure your flooring is durable and doesn’t scratch easily. Carpeting is more prone to stains and damage.
C) Hidden Feeding Spots/Storage
To prevent tripping over water bowls or litter boxes, look for integrated storage solutions such as nooks or pullout drawers that can be converted to feeding stations, with ample storage or pantry space for food, toys and equipment.
D) Bathing Area
Giving pets a bath can be tricky and messy. A bathing area near the entrance of the house such as in the mudroom or a spacious utility sink or bathroom with a large shower stall is deal for your pet’s bath time.