Buying a home as a pet ownerIf you have any pets you would probably agree, they are part of the family. You couldn’t imagine your life without them, so your new home is no exception. It is important to think about a few things when you are buying a home as a pet owner because let’s face it they might be spending more time in the home than you will be.

Ensuring local ordinances, regulations and neighborhood environment in regards to pets will affect how your pet acclimates to your new home and how much room they have for activities.

Let’s take a look at a few tips:

1) Check Local Requirements

For any potential home purchase, whether you have pets or not, you have probably familiarized yourself with the city. As a pet owner, it will be helpful to familiarize yourself with city and county ordinances. These include leash laws, and other common sense rules such as cleaning up after your pet in public places. Noncompliance can result in a fine. Many communities are striving to create and maintain environmentally friendly and pet-friendly parks. Information on pet parks and playgrounds exist in the area of a potential home should be available from local parks and recreation departments.

2) Ask for apartment or HOA rules

If you are buying a single-family home, this will most likely give your pet the most freedom. For you, a condo or town house might be more in your budget. For these options, check the rules and regulations in regards to pets. Homeowners associations (HOAs) typically govern these with rules for what is allowed and what is not. It will all vary on the location that you choose.

3) Assess the home layout

You love your pet; you want them to be comfortable inside and outside of the home. When you are looking at different floor plans, keep your furry friends in mind. Will your pet have enough space to play in and outside of the house? What type of flooring will work best for them? For example, some dogs struggle on hardwood floors because they are not able to get much of a grip. Or do they have trouble on stairs? Then you have to consider the outside as well. This may be just as important, if not more, than the inside. Does your dog have enough space for the amount of energy they have? These are all things to think about when looking at different homes for your pet.

These are just suggestions for what to look at when you are buying a home with pets, do not feel as though you have to abide by them. You know your animal; you know what they will be happy with, so enjoy your new home together!