Signature Homes realizes that home buyers with pets have specific requirements to consider when shopping for new homes, similar to home buyers with children who consider school districts in the area. As you start your own Signature story and shop the new home market with your furry friends, use these top tips for pet parents to make your experience a pleasant one.
Recruit Pet Friendly Help. An experienced agent who is dog friendly can assist in your search for a new home and will know the inside scoop on the neighborhood. Ask about their knowledge of dog specific regulations and experience with finding homes for pup owners, they will be able to provide information before you take off on your search.
Identity Your Needs. Create a checklist of what you as a good pet parent need in your new home and what things are most important to you. Do you need a large space for your large breed, or will a smaller patio work for your mini pup? These factors will help you narrow down your search and find the perfect fit.
Think Like Your Dog. As you walk through your potential home, think about it through your dog’s perspective. Where will my dog sleep? Or go to the bathroom? Keep in mind, the things you do every day will be just as important as that newly renovated kitchen. Does the home you are considering make sense for how you allow your pet to live in your current home? Keep an eye out for closets and corners that are the perfect spot for your dog to curl up after a long day of tennis ball chasing.
Consider Previous Pet Problems. Often, pets will naturally mark their territory if previous damage is not properly cleaned and deodorized. New construction homes will eliminate these potential previous pet problems.
Explore the Neighborhood. Take a drive around the neighborhood to scout out potential playmates, dog-friendly businesses, dog parks and off-leash areas for your pup to explore. Find out where the nearest dog parks are and what they offer. You may even want to visit the park before taking your dog. Locate local pet services you require like veterinary clinics, pet sitters and groomers.
If you’ve taken the next step and started your Signature story with us, here are a few tips for Moving With Your Dog that are worth the read to make the transition a little easier for your four-legged friends.
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