Did You Check With Your Pet Before You Got That New Home?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Home for PetSo you're at the closing table for a new home or ready to move into that rental home, apartment, or new condo BUT

Did You Check With Your Pet Before You Got That New Home?

Our four legged members of our family are just as important as school districts and childhood playmates for children. Give some forethought before that final move-in getting approval from THEM:

Large animals horses need good stalls, boarding facilities nearby, full care by someone else, partial care or on your property with enough pasture

Small animals

Zoning: Rules permitted by HOA, apartment guidelines, from the landlord? Do they really allow boa constrictors on the second floor?

Layout of home: enough cabinet space for pet food supplies? Adequate windows for cats. They like to look at the outside world. Openness of the interior of the house for the dogs if multiple ones to chase each other and run around in circle paths. Isolated areas for litter boxes. Take into consideration how much carpet you have for cleaning/vacuuming purposes if there is shedding. If birds, can they fly around a room out of their cage and back to the cage?

The neighborhood: a pet friendly neighborhood. Are others walking their pets on leashes and using plastic bags or pooper scoopers? Is there a park nearby, or a dog park?

Services: How far away is the local vet? What about groomers, pet supply stores, kennels, dog sitting services?

The backyard: a critical area. Fencing, wood or chain link? Is your dog a biter, a yapper? Are all the wood boards closely tied together? Is the fence high enough so the dog will not jump out? What about a swimming pool? Enough space left over for the dog to run around? Is the yard big enough to begin with to support one or more dogs and maybe even a dog house? Are the latches on the fence solid and working? Do you need locks on your fence and a Beware of Dog sign?

Some things to consider and MUCH to consider to have a happy experience with our pets at our home. THINK about all this before you move in anywhere.


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Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Gary, you did a great job of including a variety of different pets.  I love the rabbit picture. 

Mar 25, 2011 08:23 AM #5
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor


You did a stupendous job sticking up for animal rights in this piece.... g

Mar 25, 2011 08:35 AM #6
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Moving cats always makes them skittish...I think putting them in a small room initially helps and then let them explore once they get comfortable in that one room.  I'm a cat lover...can you tell...

Mar 25, 2011 09:06 AM #7
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Gary - I am sure you be surprised to know that Manhattan New York condos have specific rules on the pets. Some building will allow pets but has to be under perhaps 35lbs, 50lbs or only cats, or no dogs, it really depends on the building. Home owner here in Manhattan New York will also have to evaluate if the condo is big enough for their pets.

Mar 25, 2011 09:35 AM #8
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gary-Good thinking. Are pets are part of the family too.

Mar 25, 2011 10:51 AM #9
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

great points Gary.  Especially the horses and larger pets.  Zoning is also more and more of an issue

Mar 25, 2011 11:52 AM #10
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hannah: An expensive lesson with that condo situation based on a mix up. Best to check all the fine print and the rules before signing on the dotted line.

Robert: Keep those pets happy TOO !!!

Bill: I laughed where I had a visual of a flying bird in the den with the ceiling fan blades twirling. All I saw was feathers flying Ha Ha.

Jill: With some stories here of aging pets you are so right about them being a part of our life. They are "family".

Sondra: What's funny both rabbits and guinea pigs love those cereal boxes as their houses. You would laugh at me with the G-pigs as I mixed them without checking their sex first. BIG mistake. Little g-pigs running around soon thereafter. i am so naive at times... I had the same problem with my live bearer tropical fish. I was always running a nursery in my fish tank. Also my big Angel fish were always attacking the other fish.

Gordon: The four legged critters need our voice....

Cindy: Many, many cat lovers here I have found.

Eileen: i knew you would let us know about the city condo pets situation. Thanks.

Sharon: I have had all the pets along the way, primarily dogs, horse, birds, fish, rodents, lizards....  I love the dogs and horses.... with my house not as much cats due to others with allergies but other family members have had lots of cats.

William: Yes I consider our pets the larger animals too and so much we need to know the rules for our housing area.

Mar 25, 2011 12:08 PM #11
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Gary - Most of my buyers with pets seem to put their needs way at the top of the list of needs.  I am an animal lover, so I understand.  Once I know my buyers have pets, I try to show them only things that are suitable.

Mar 25, 2011 12:19 PM #12
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Susan: Putting the pets needs up at the top like you said proves how they are their family too, just like children, their little darlings, their "babies." I remind people with their two medium size or big dogs that this yard we are looking at that is so small, just will not work.

Mar 25, 2011 12:25 PM #13
Pam Miller

Gary, I once bought a house because the backyard was big enough for my huge dog.  He has since passed away, but pet lovers are serious about making sure their animals are happy!  Great post.

Mar 25, 2011 12:36 PM #14
Kelly Young
The Platinum Group Realtors - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126

Gary, fun & important reminders.  Here I know sometimes buyers move into town and bring "country dogs" who are use to having 2.5 acres or more for a yard to a city lot.  Some do well with that transition and some have a really hard time. It is a small distinction that is sometimes overlooked yet important for everyone.

Mar 25, 2011 02:35 PM #15
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Can't imagine anyone moving without considering the needs of their pets.. but I bet it does happen sometimes.  A ncie reminder.

Mar 25, 2011 02:35 PM #16
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Woltal - Our pets (Sirious Black & Baxter Orange) are a critical component of our family.  Kittens cute!!! They are both indoor/outdoor cats and love it!  We give them filtered water and top of the line cuisine and then proceed to watch them chase squirrels and baby rabbits (no offense to the symbolic one in your photo) when the screen door opens.

Personally, I wouldn't have it any other way.   They are domestic but will never be totally caged ... not on our watch.

Mar 25, 2011 04:38 PM #17
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Pam: I can relate to the large dog situation you had there. I used to give dog baths in the summer to Great Danes and they were like little horses LOL.

Kelly: The real large country acreage to more subdivision city living can come as a shock to some people.

Judy: I do think most people give a lot of priority with their pets. With my dogs, big backyard was a mandatory requirement.

Jason: I love the freedom you let your two "family member" cats have...

Mar 25, 2011 05:30 PM #18
Sandy Shores FL RealtorĀ®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Gary, Our pets our members of our families, and it is important that they have a place that suits them. Bailey the Boxer has a screened porch out back where he can come and go as he chooses, with a big fenced backyard. He spends his afternoons basking in the Florida sun.  Great reminder.

Mar 26, 2011 12:24 AM #19
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

This is a great post, as so many forget that our pets are apart of the family too and moving to a new location can also effect them. Thanks for sharing!



Mar 26, 2011 12:11 PM #20
Elisa Maria

Gary-I always check with my dogs before I purchase anything that would adversely affect them. Great writing. Maybe you should become a movie script writer.

Mar 26, 2011 02:33 PM #21
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sandy: Good thing Bailey the Boxer is running your house efficiently for HIS needs : )

Michael: Most good pet owners fiercely defend what they need in a house for their pets and rarely overlook this. As a matter of fact they are very vocal about it.

Elisa: Smart woman with your dogs : ) Maybe I should be a movie script writer, as I completely think I can write better than most of Hollywood. You will be my star actress in my films!!

Mar 27, 2011 10:01 AM #22
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


You made some excellent points for pet owners.  Horses are grazing animals and need pastures not only to graze on, but also to run and play.  They are large animals and need ample room.  Usually the rule of thumb is 1 - 1 1/2 acres per horse.


Mar 28, 2011 02:08 AM #23
Jim Courtney
OklaHomes Realty, Claremore Oklahoma - Claremore, OK

Great thoughts for pet owners. When we had a dog, Maxwell was part of our family. He actually had a bit of input on two homes that we purchased. Naturally he didn't visit the home until we had narrowed down the decision, but we took him to tour the vacant homes and let him check out the yard. It was insightful to discover the neighborhood pets that we didn't know about. Max even found that the chainlink fence wasn't tied down at the bottom on one of the homes. He was part of our family and deserved to have some input on where he was going to spend his days. :)

Mar 28, 2011 02:53 AM #24
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