Wednesday, April 20, 2011

10 Things Pet Parents Should Consider When Buying a New Home

by Jane Miller

1. Fences - Not only do they make “good neighbors” but also protect our pets from the native prey in the low country, mainly alligators and snakes. If the home does not have a fence, consider the cost of putting one in as part of the purchase budget and negotiations.

2. Hardwood floors – They look beautiful, but can get easily scratched, and it may be difficult for some dogs to get traction when playing or greeting us. This can hurt their legs and hips. Make sure you have plenty of area rugs where they can be comfortable.

3. Stairs - Many homes in the Charleston area are elevated, which may be a challenge for an elderly or small dog. You should consider your dog’s ability to get up and down. An elevator can be a solution, but an expensive one.

4. Yard Space - Lot sizes along the coast tend to be relatively small,. Determine if it is sufficient for exercising your dog. It may not be a problem for a small breed, but a large breed may need more space.

5. HOA Covenants & Restrictions – Make sure you have read the C&Rs for a neighborhood or complex to make sure there are no restrictions on number of pets, breeds, or noise ordinances.

6. Outdoor Spigot – Having the beach nearby and ponds in some of the dog parks are wonderful. Having sand in your car becomes the norm, and having an outdoor spigot for bathing your pet before coming into the home is a must. An outdoor shower is even better.

7. Previous Pets – Ask your Realtor to find out if the previous homeowners had dogs. Often, dogs will naturally mark their territory and often will pee in the same spot. Make sure the carpeting has been well scrubbed and deodorized.

8. Street Traffic – Even the most well-behaved and trained dog can bolt out of the house if there is something compelling enough to see or sniff. Consider the traffic before buying a new home on a busy street.

9. Pet Friendly – Take the time to drive around a neighborhood at different times a day to see if folks are walking their dogs. A neighborhood that exercises with their dogs will be just the kind that you would enjoy.

10. Dog Parks – Find out where the nearest dog parks are and whether or not they have shade, water, pond, and a designated area for both big and small dogs. You may even want to visit the park before taking your dog.

Jane Miller is a Realtor of Distinction, an East Cooper Top Producer and an Accredited Buyers Representative at Carolina One Real Estate. She's also a pet parent to two labradors.

1 comment:

Pia's blog said...

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