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Considering Your Pets Needs When Buying a Home

If you are in the market to buy a home, remember to consider the needs of your feline and canine family members. A pet’s needs are as unique as each family member’s needs.

Consider the following if you find yourself in this home buying situation:

Is the potential home pet-friendly?

Flooring options for pets tends to be a polarizing topic. Flooring professionals suggest that the pet-friendly floors be hardwood, as this type of flooring can be refinished, if need be. Hardwood floors should be either very dark or extremely light colored and should always be triple sealed with a quality polyurethane product. The type of wood you use will determine whether you should, use a water-based or oil-based polyurethane. Other flooring materials to consider for your pets include:

  • Distressed wood – it offers character
  • Luxury vinyl
  • Tile
  • Poured concrete or
  • Laminate

It is highly suggested that pet owners stay far away from carpeting because this material stains easily, holds nasty smells and retains pet hair. Ick!

Check the Local Pet Law

Local pet laws can vary within the same neighborhood. The city or state government, or even a Homeowners Association (HOA) can enact specific rules that are followed by residents and unit owners. Here is an example;

Bozeman Montana mandates that the pet owner have a license for a kennel, if there are more than two dogs living on the property.

  • Some HOA’s restrict the size of the pets, or the number any one homeowner may own.
  • Remember to check out if there are local guides regarding noise restrictions.

Allowable Pet-Fencing Options

Planned-Unit Developments (PUD’s & de Minimus PUD’s) typically have covenants to address matters that concern:

  • Outdoor kennels
  • Dog Runs
  • Electric Fencing rules
  • Loose pets

A Home’s Location Impacts Your Pet’s Happiness

Homes that are located near parks, dog runs or large green spaces are ideal for those living with pets. If a home that interests you abuts a busy street, it might not work for your ‘dash-out-the-door’ pooch. Cat lovers, who let their cats roam about the neighborhood unsupervised, should check with local authorities for the area’s natural cat predators.

A home is a great source of comfort, safety and happiness for every family member. Remember your pet’s needs, they never forget yours!