Homebuying: How to Find What's Best for You and Your Pets

by Kathy Dulhagen 05/30/2021

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While looking to buy a home, you must consider the needs of everyone in the household, pets included. Otherwise, the space could fail to work for your family, leaving everyone less than comfortable in their new digs. Thankfully, with a little forethought as you browse, you can zero in on a place that will work perfectly. Just think about the following things to put your pet first while buying a home.

Earmark a Space That’s All Their Own

Your pets will need room for their bedding, dishes and toys to be truly comfortable in their new living space. So, as you check out each corner of the floor plan, think ahead to where you might put those items.

If you cannot figure out an ideal space, then the home in question likely won’t work without a major overhaul. Often, it’s a lot more frustrating trying to make an incompatible space work than continuing with the search for a home that meets all your needs.

Think About Their Elimination Needs

Barring an exceptionally well-trained cat, pets usually cannot use the toilet. To best accommodate their elimination needs, think about where to set the litter box or if the yard will work for their potty times.

Consider all the other household members as well and how you will keep them separate if needed. You don’t want dogs digging in the cat box, after all, or kids running through a potentially messy backyard.

Look for Room to Run and Play

Even if you plan to walk your pets on the regular, they need a space to run and play from time to time. If a home with a yard is in your budget, then that will work well, as long as it’s fully fenced in.

But if that’s outside your price range, you can get just as much use out of a nearby dog park. If all else fails, look for homes near public parks, hiking trails and beaches where you can let your pets frolic on a long line.

Scope Out the Safety of the Neighborhood

Although you undoubtedly keep a close eye on your pet, accidents can happen, leaving them roaming the neighborhood on occasion. For that reason, it’s important to consider major roadways and other hazards near your home. Not all hazards are avoidable, but aim to minimize the risks if you can.

You can also put in extra safety measures, like invisible fences, that help keep your pet from flying solo. Also, consider getting them microchipped and updating their license with the city, so they can be returned home if they ever get lost.

By keeping all these things in mind during the homebuying process, you can find a home that will work for you and your pets. Just remember to let your real estate agent know your preferences, so they understand what to look for as well. Your agent will help you narrow down the options and quickly jump on properties that match your specifications, helping you find a great home faster than ever.

About the Author

Kathy Dulhagen

I relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC from New Jersey with my family in 2012, Started my real estate career in South Carolina as a licensed Realtor in 2013, received my Brokers License in SC & NC in 2018.

I am a dedicated professional with designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), I understand the importance of being a reliable and knowledgeable resource, acting with honesty and integrity for every client. I devote time to my community as well as my local association as a member of the Hospitality and Professional Education Committees.

I offer my clients knowledge and expertise and an exemplary approach to customer service that is second to none. My professional background in executive administration lends to a unique skill set in my attention to detail, my understanding of real estate law and consumer representation, as well as my ability to negotiate, without compromise, I am the REALTOR® to help you find the home of dreams.

I am a Full Time Licensed Real Estate Agent in South Carolina, a member of the National Association of Realtors, the South Carolina Association of Realtors, the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors and the MLS (multiple listing service)

Specialties: Listing Agent, Team Leader, Buyers Agent, New Home Sales Specialist, Senior Real Estate Specialist, Active Adult Communities, 55 Plus Communities

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