You have a lot to consider when looking for a new home. Is it close to schools, work, transit, grocery stores, doctor’s offices, the dentist? It’s a lot to keep in mind, and pet owners have even more to consider. If you have pets, then you need to be able to identify pet friendly housing options before you start making offers. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1) Is there a vet nearby?
Whether you have cats, dogs, birds, or reptiles, you need to make sure the right services are nearby in case something goes wrong. Look into the local vet clinics, but don’t just check to see that they are there. Make sure there is a clinic nearby that is able to look after the specific pet you own.
2) Are there pet stores handy?
There is nothing worse than having to drive an hour to get the staples for your pet. Make sure you look into the nearby pet store options to see if they carry what you need. Don’t discount the small, local stores, though. A lot of them can special order the items you need—and the local shops are often a lot more willing to do this than the big box chains.
3) Pet-friendly spaces.
When you are buying a home, this shouldn’t be an issue; however, if you are renting, you may need to check to make sure your fluffy friends are welcome inside the home. However, making sure pets are allowed inside isn’t the only thing to keep in mind. You also want to make sure the home has the right space for the furry ones. If you have dogs, you’ll want to keep yard space in mind—and in some cases, fenced-in might be at the top of your list of considerations. Also look around for pup-friendly parks and leash-free spaces you can walk to.
Cats are a bit less particular, but you might want to look for certain features like window ledges, a separate enough room to banish the litter box to, and (for those of us who don’t have the most intelligent cats in the world), considering the danger factor of things like balconies is always a good idea.
For your feathery or reptilian friends, you may want to look for big, basking-friendly windows that will let in adequate sunshine while providing an entertaining outdoor view.
Keeping these things in mind can help keep you and your companions happy in your new home.