Americans love their pets. In fact, a whopping 85 million households (approximately 66% of American households) have at least one pet.
If you fall into this group, pet-friendly characteristics may be high on your list when shopping for a new home. But what should you be on the lookout for?
Check out these top traits to look for when choosing a pet-friendly home.
1. Local Pet Laws
The first thing you should do is make sure that your pet is allowed to live in the area that interests you. Some cities prohibit certain breeds of dogs. Other areas have restrictions on the number of pets you can have.
HOAs may also have their own rules so you'll need to check all of them carefully before buying a home.
2. Durable, Easy-to-Clean Flooring
Hardwood flooring is lovely, but pet toenails skittering across it daily can leave scratches and cause extra work for you. Carpet can also be a problem as it harbors pet dander and makes it difficult to clean up accidents.
Better options include durable luxury vinyl flooring, porcelain tile, a quality laminate or environmentally-friendly cork flooring.
3. Outdoor Space
If you have a cat, the outdoors might not be as important, but for dog owners, this is a big one. Choose a place with a safe, fenced yard where your dog can play by himself (or with your other pets!) You can even set up a space for them with pet products from a company like Aleko Products to give them a comfy place to be while you're at work.
If the yard doesn't have a fence, you may be able to add one. Just be sure to check the rules for your neighborhood as some HOAs prohibit fences or restrict the type you can build.
If you don't have a yard, look for a walkable neighborhood. Many neighborhoods have dog parks or green spaces where you can go with your dog for a daily stroll. They'll appreciate the chance to get outside and stretch their legs, and so will you!
4. Bath Time
Even if your pet fights bath time, they actually appreciate a bath now and again. To make it easier for you, look for a comfortable space in a potential new home.
This can be an outside shower or a place to put one. A large sink in the laundry room will work for smaller animals. A removable shower head in the bathroom can make bathing a pet in the tub a whole lot easier.
Remember, you can make modifications even if your new home doesn't have these things, but keep them in mind as you're shopping to make it easier on yourself.
Your Dream Pet-Friendly Home
For many Americans, their dream home is synonymous with a pet-friendly home. The good news is that by simply keeping an eye out for these simple characteristics you can find a home that's perfect for you and your furry friends!
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