House-hunting with pets

Buying a house is one of the most stressful things you can do in life. In fact, it’s right up there with major life events like divorce. You can never be sure if you chose the right house, you will likely be confused about the buying process, there is a tonne of paperwork to do and even more to organise to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Amid the chaos, it’s easy to forget one of the most important things: your pets! They are going to live in the new house too, and it’s important that they fit right in to make the transition smoother for everyone.


What to look for when buying a pet-friendly property

A general tip when looking for a home is to make a list of your must-haves and your nice-to-haves. Don’t look for the perfect home, look for your must-haves. The moment you start looking at homes, it’s easy to get confused, as you might see some features that you didn’t even know existed! It’s good to go in prepared. Your pets also have a list of must-haves. Have a look at the below tips and keep them in mind when shopping for a new home.


  • The area Will you be close to everything your dog needs? How far will you have to drive if you have to rush to the vet in an emergency? If you like to take your dog to the park, daycare, groomers and the like, ensure that you have all you need in the area you are moving to.


  • Fencing Theft and poisoning of dogs are becoming increasingly common problems. A good idea is to look for a fence that separates the backyard from the front and to let the back be the dogs’ garden space if they want to spend time outside. This also makes it harder for someone walking past your home to access the dogs.

Another aspect of fencing is to walk the perimeter of the property before you buy. Make sure there are no places where your dogs can escape. If there are, make sure they are fixed before you move in. After moving in, walk your perimeter every now and then to double-check. Your dog might find escape routes you never would have thought of, as you are not yet completely familiar with the property. Rather be a little paranoid than have your dog escape in a strange area.


  • Flooring Slippery floors are not only very uncomfortable for dogs to walk on, but they also can cause a lot of damage and even injuries. On the other hand, if your doggy’s housetraining didn’t really stick, carpets will soon become a nightmare to keep clean and odour-free. This is an issue you will need to think through properly. Will you go for floors with loose carpets to help your pets move around safely? Should you invest in a behaviourist to help with housetraining?

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