• Sarah Lipkowitz

Finding A Dog Friendly Home

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

Looking for a home? If you are a dog owner, then I wouldn’t be surprised if you are picturing your dog(s—let’s be real) in the space before anything else. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are looking at properties.

Policies. You may have found the perfect place, but it is important to check neighborhood and HOA policies. You may find that there are limits on size, breed, and number of dogs.

The Yard. Call me lazy, but I love being able to open the door and let my dog out without having to suit up for the cold and the rain. I know many of you feel the same way, so the yard is an important consideration. Bear in mind the cost of installing a fence and any HOA restrictions.

Neighborhood. Are there a lot of dogs in the neighborhood? Having fellow dog owners as neighbors increases the odds of you and your pup receiving a warm welcome. Another thing to look for are pet stores, veterinarians, and dog friendly businesses nearby. I love being able to take my dog with me everywhere I go so living in a neighborhood with dog friendly shops is a huge plus.

Flooring. Pick your poison. Carpeting is a pain to clean and hardwood may get scratched. Concrete, tile, laminate, and vinyl tend to be the most durable and easiest to clean, but may not be your style. You may not be able to live without carpet and hardwood so here are some tips; if you have carpet, then be sure to vacuum frequently and bring in a professional cleaner every so often. If you have hardwood, then trim your dog’s nails, decorate with rugs, and consider sanding the floors before listing the house again.

Layout. Stairs are often a concern for those of us with older dogs, but there is much more to a dog friendly layout. A mudroom or laundry room can really come in handy. See if the property has a confined (preferably tile) space near an entryway so you can clean your dog off after a jaunt through the mud. I really love the idea of a doggy cleaning station in the laundry room. Something like this could really come in handy and it makes for a great puppy friendly space.

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