What to consider when finding a perfect home for you and your furry friend
House hunting with your pet can be a special experience, but also a bit overwhelming. You have to focus on details that you may not have normally considered because you are no longer looking for a home just for yourself, but also one for your furry kid.
Things like safe neighborhoods and nearby parks are some of the most important things, but finding the perfect pet insurance for your dog is important as well. Below are some tips you might want to consider before purchasing a new home.
Consider the local laws and pet insurance
Every city and every neighborhood is different, and so it has different rules and regulations. Knowing the local laws will not only help you find dog-friendly neighborhoods, but also inform you on rules regarding pet licensing, vaccination, leashes, or when local authorities can impound your dog.
Consider searching for local vet clinics and taking pet insurance, to make sure your dog is safe in the new environment. The benefits of pet insurance include focusing on your pet’s health instead of worrying about money, giving you peace of mind, especially when moving to a new home since it can be a difficult and stressful time for them, too.
Is there enough space for your dog in the new house?
When purchasing a new home it’s very important to consider the size of your dog, and whether the new house will be comfortable enough for them. For example, if you have a Great Dane and you want to buy a small apartment that wouldn’t be completely reasonable.
If you already have a big dog, or you plan to buy one once you and your family have settled in your new home, make sure that the house is appropriate in size. With small dogs, it’s always easier, even if you buy a bigger house. You can always have another dog since you will have space.
Do you have or need a yard?
For most dog breeds, exercise is essential. The same as the size of the house, having a big dog and a yard is a must. Make sure to look for a house that has an appropriate size yard, depending on your dog’s breed, because they will most certainly need room to roam.
Also, you might want to consider the type of neighborhood, and if it is safe to have an open yard, or if you’ll need to put up a fence. Make sure the neighborhood is safe enough so you can walk your dog without worrying about too much traffic.
Is the new neighborhood dog-friendly?
When looking for a new home, it is also very important to investigate and find out if your new neighbors are dog-friendly, because believe it or not, not everyone is a dog person. The first thing you’ll notice is whether there are any other dogs around, or are there any pet stores and vet clinics nearby?
The same goes for dog parks and pet-friendly cafes and restaurants. If you find all this in your new neighborhood then your dog will feel right at home. Scheduling playdates will be so much more fun once you meet your new neighbors, and even exchange tips and experiences for groomers.
Are there any recreational spaces and parks nearby?
Looking for dog parks near your new home is not just another sign of whether your neighborhood is dog-friendly, but also will make your pet feel more at ease if it is used to having playdates and walks in similar surroundings. It is very important to make your furry friend feel comfortable, especially if they are used to running free in an open space or having weekend hikes.
Although having a fenced yard can help with your dog’s exercise routines, it is always beneficial for them to make friends with other dogs and enjoy the open outdoors. Remember to not change your dog’s routine too drastically, and you might consider taking it for a walk a couple of times in the new neighborhood parks before actually moving in. It might make it easier for them to get used to the new surroundings once they are familiar with the place.
There are plenty of factors that come into play when house hunting with pets, and you will want to find a home that is a perfect fit for you and your furry friend. You’ll have to consider not only the layout of your new house but also the surrounding area. Keeping these few things in mind can go a long way to providing your pet with a safe and enjoyable new environment.