Taking into account your own preferences when shopping for a new home is common for most homeowners, but what about your four-legged friends? Being mindful of a few key tips will not only keep you happy, but your dear animal friends as well.
#1. The Floor Plan
In searching for your perfect home, you may desire a spacious floor plan for entertaining. This is also an ideal layout if you have a large dog or multiple dogs. An open floor plan allows your beloved pet plenty of room to roam comfortably throughout your home without worrying that you and your family might be stepping over their tail on a daily basis. Additionally, having more space gives you multiple options for cat trees and dog crates without leaving your home feeling cramped and crowded.
#2. Location. Location. Location.
It’s true. Location is paramount not just for your own preferences and proximity to local shopping etc., but for your walkable friends. It is important to find a setting that is conducive to walks in all seasons. Ideally, most homeowners would enjoy having trails or dog runs nearby – but not all neighborhoods are designed that way. Keeping in mind that an area close to a busy road or highway can be a danger. Seasonally speaking, your setting should not just be ideal for your pet – but for you as well when inclement weather presents itself. Muddy and snowy paws and boots can be exhausting! Let us not forget our purring friends either – being close to a green space can also mean you are closer to the local wildlife such as coyotes and foxes.
Everyone loves a well-manicured lawn, but it can be a challenge with a pet – both to find one and maintain it. However, it is possible to have it both ways beyond a lovely fence. When it comes to exterior beauty, consider adding an enclosed patio, fenced window or a ramp. Not only is a patio a great feature for entertaining, it has the added benefit of allowing your animal to safely catch some warm sunshine. The same is true of a fenced window – it keeps your yard private but lets your animal enjoy the view. Lastly, a ramp is a kind, affordable feature for pets of all ages. It is easy on the joints and it’s pretty nifty for kids who like to run too.
When it comes to buying your next pet friendly home do so with these tips and more with these articles by Realtor.com and Consumer Affairs. When it is time to sell or buy a home, having a local team you can rely on will make the process a smooth one. Call the Realtors® who love where they live and understand the local real estate market through experienced expertise. Let us know if you’re interested in listing or buying a home in the York County area, and we’ll be ready to help. The Jim Powers Team at Berkshire Hathaway are here for you from start to end. Visit our website to learn more, then contact us or give us a call at 717- 417- 4111.