Considering Pets During the Homebuying Experience

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

For homebuyers with pets, there is an area of a home search that is sometimes neglected.  How well a prospective home may work for ALL family members – including family pets, may require consideration.

For example a large energetic dog, is likely to be more comfortable in a home with a yard, or at least neighborhood amenities which will accommodate exercise – a dog park for example.  This is especially true in townhome or condominium communities.

As a real estate professional, I inquire homebuyers about the number of adults that will be living in any prospective home, plus children and their ages.  I also go one step beyond that, and gather a little information about any pets the buyers have – their size, age, and exercise requirements.

It can also be important to gather further information about any future pets buyers may be interested in obtaining, as some multifamily developments or homeowner associations have restrictions as to the number of pets allowed.

The home may be seen as a perfect fit for a buyer and/or their family, at first glance; but if the family dog or cat isn’t having their needs met, it won’t be a happy match when all things are considered.

If you are a pet owner, here are some things you may wish to consider during your home search or put on an “action list” to become informed about:

 

  • Scout out nearby parks, paths, trails that will be pet friendly and accessible to your pet.  Check for nearby veterinary clinics and grooming facilities. 
  • Sometimes it can be the little things – a laundry tub in the garage or laundry room to wash the dog.
  • Yard space to create a dog run or kennel – or a place to put in a pet door so  a dog or cat can enter and exit at will.

Homebuyers of a recent transaction, had a large highly energetic Golden Lab.  Although, the buyer’s selected a home on a large lot, there were some obstacles which needed to be addressed regarding Taffy, the dog. 

We spent time mapping out space in the side yard for a dog run.  We located a door from the side yard which led into the garage.  A doggy door would be installed there.  On the inside of the garage, would be a small corral built for Ginger’s bed, so she could get out of the rain – need be.

A half block from the selected home was a wonderful park with trails, friendly for dogs.  But the best amentity of all was the neighborhood itself.  It was a very cohesive family oriented neighborhood, where walking the family dogs either in the morning or evening was a familiar activity for many. 

The home was a wonderful fit for EVERY member of the family!

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Myrl this should be an important consideration when purchasing a home since so many home buyers are pet owners.  great tips.

November 12, 2011 09:44 PM
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Debbie - After having a couple clients in past years move into homes that weren't as well suited to pets as they could have been, I think agents and homebuyers need to become more cognizant of any future homes where pets will be involved.

Kristine - It has been a primary concern with the homes I have purchased too.  In fact the first home I bought took pets into consideration, because I did have any.  We had lived in an apartment, and I wanted to eventually acquire a cat or a dog.  We ended up getting one of each.

JaneAnne - I am increasingly seeing Dog Parks becoming a part of communities all over the Greater Sacramento region.  With more new homes being condo or planned unit developments with smaller yards, this trend will become a necessity.



November 14, 2011 09:57 AM
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William - I think real estate professionals need to become more cognizant of family pet needs during the home buying experience too!

Alexandra - I have always bought homes that have several trees too.  My present cat, often sits on the picnic table and looks out at her personal Serengeti.

Barbara - I think we often consider needs of each human family member in a homebuying process, but sometimes overlook the 4 legged family members.

November 14, 2011 10:17 AM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Patricia - There is something I haven't mentioned before as well - And that is the importance and care of pets during a move to a new home, which takes in acclimating them to their new digs.

Toni - I have learned that in my family if the pets aren't happy, nobody is happy:-)


November 14, 2011 10:21 AM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Robert and Lisa - I can remember when I started exploring the number and kinds of family pets a family had, it opened up a whole new area that needed to be covered in the home search.

Jennifer - I think I read somewhere that cats and dogs, number high enough to the human population, that we need to be considering them iduring the homebuying experience.

November 14, 2011 10:26 AM
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