A considerable number of Americans are looking for pet-friendly homes to move into. Millennials are particularly fond of owning pets than they are about raising families, a contrast with the previous generation who tend to build families at a younger age. Part of this shift in priorities can come from the growing living expenses and slow uptake of the economy in accommodating younger parents. Whichever the case, this group of animal-loving home buyers has particular needs to find a home that will match their preferences.
How to spot a pet-friendly home
Young homebuyers want to ensure that the homes they’ll move into can accommodate their pet’s needs. Unfortunately, they will have a tricky time navigating the real estate market if they don’t know what to look for. Since home sellers don’t traditionally highlight having a pet-friendly environment, you’ll have to be familiar with the features that make an ideal home for animals to live in.
If you’re looking for a pet-friendly house, here are four features you should look for:
1. Fenced yards or wide lawns
Dog owners need to have a yard that can offer a safe and secure area for them to play around in. A fenced yard will be an excellent feature to look for if you have a playful pet who loves being outdoors. However, some dogs like German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers can easily hop over small fences. This is why you need to be mindful of the fence’s height on the property.
2. Closeness to pet-related establishments
If you don’t have the option of having fenced lawns, you can limit your real estate options to places that have geographic advantages. Owning a home close to a park will be a great substitute if you can’t have your own outdoor space. It’s a plus if your real estate agent can give you a list of properties with off-leash dog parks where you can socialize with other pet owners.
Besides looking for outdoor areas to play with your pet, you should also ensure that it’s close to a veterinary clinic or pet boarding facility. All pets can have particularly weak immune systems, which is why they should receive a diagnosis and treatment immediately.
3. Hardwood flooring
One unlikely feature you should look for in a pet-friendly home is those that have hardwood flooring. It’s a flooring option that generally attracts homebuyers due to its ability to improve a home’s resale value. However, pet owners will have a different advantage in buying a house that has it. They’re easier to clean than carpet flooring and allow for easier cleaning for pets prone to shedding.
4. Multi-purpose room
If homes with hardwood flooring are beyond your budget, you can look for homes that have multi-function rooms. Your pets will need their own space in your home, whether they’re cats, dogs, or birds. You’ll generally need an area that’s spacious enough to include their bed, cage, toys, and other treats. You can, later on, renovate these spaces for your pet’s needs.
Finding a home in today’s real estate market is challenging enough to do on your own, especially when you have to consider your pets’ needs. Sifting through numerous property listings online can take you ages before you can find the best option for your investment. Thankfully, a real estate agent who’s familiar with the different aspects of a pet-friendly home can be the solution to these worries.
It’s best to hire local experts who have a better overview of options in your chosen property market. The Blake Hayden Group employs Owensboro real estate agents who can find the perfect home that matches your preferences. Contact us today, and our property experts will give you the assistance you need!