If you are a pet lover you know that our pets need a great home as well and even though most of them are just happy being with us, we need to consider them when purchasing a home. We want to find the right home, the right amenities, and the right layout not only for our own needs and budget, but in consideration of our four-legged family members as well. Here are some things to consider when finding the best house for your pets.
Check out local ordinances and rules.
Homeowner associations may have specific rules on the type of pet, how many pets, and the weight of the pet that you can have. You would want to get into a condo association or townhouse Association only to realize you can't bring your four-legged friend along. Ask about any rules and restrictions with pets, the type of pet, the quantity and size.
Find a pet-friendly real estate agent.
The last thing you want is for a real estate agent to not "get you" and completely disregard your concern for buying a home with consideration of a pet. You want a pet lover so you want someone that has the same values and perspectives as you. Find a real estate agent understands the need of the type of pet you have an knows the ordinances of the neighborhood. While that may not be everybody, just finding a real estate agent that has the same passion about caring for pets as you do will go a great distance.
Is a condo or townhouse out of the question?
Just like getting into a homeowners association, all condo, apartment, and townhouse associations will have rules on pets. They may be locks on their rules or not have that many, but they will still have some sort of rules so it's important that you understand what you can have when living in close quarters with other residents.
What is your pet need?
Think about the amount of space that your pet will need both now and in the future. If you have a puppy, that puppy will probably need to get some energy out at some point. Is there a dog run? Backyard? Lots of space? Will they have an outdoor space or does your four-legged furry feline do nothing but sit on the couch all day? Consider your pet's needs, size, and age and how that will affect where you purchase.
Buying with pets and mine means that you not only care for your family members, but you want everyone to live a comfortable, stress-free life. Give us a call today. We would love to help you find the right home in Portland or Vancouver or surrounding areas that both meets your budget, your lifestyle, and makes your pet happy.