How Pets Are Shaping the Home Buying Market

As pets play an increasingly important role in our lives, it is no surprise that they impact home-buying decisions. More people are considering the needs of their furry friends when choosing their next home. Let’s explore some pet-friendly options.

Size Matters

The size of a home is often the first thing that home buyers consider when searching for a new home. But now, more than ever, the size of the yard or outdoor space is just as important. For pet owners, a large outdoor area is crucial for pets to play and get exercise. Even if the indoor living space is small, having a large yard or access to a nearby park or green space can make a big difference, as can a fully fenced yard.

Pet-Friendly Amenities

Another primary consideration for pet owners is the availability of pet-friendly amenities. They include dog parks, walking trails, and pet-friendly businesses.

Pet-Safe Materials

When it comes to the interior of the home, pet owners are looking for materials that are durable and easy to clean. It includes flooring, furniture, and even wall coverings. Hardwood or tile floors are often preferred over carpet because they are easier to clean and less likely to harbour pet hair and odours. Leather or microfibre upholstery can be a good choice because they are more resistant to scratches and stains. For wall coverings, washable and durable paints or wallpapers are the way to go.

Neighbourhood Considerations

When searching for a new home, pet owners also need to consider the neighbourhood. Is it pet-friendly? Are there sidewalks for walking the dog? Are there any restrictions on pets in the area? These are all critical questions to ask when considering a new home. Pet owners may also want to look for areas with low traffic or quiet streets to keep their pets safe.

Proximity to Veterinary Care

Finally, proximity to veterinary care is another important consideration for pet owners. A veterinarian nearby can make a difference in a pet’s overall quality of life. It includes emergency veterinary care, routine checkups, and preventative care.

Condo Considerations

If you a buyer with a pet considering buying a condo, be sure to check the condo rules (in the Status Certificate) to make sure you know whether there are pet restrictions. They often refer to the weight of the animal. Why? Because your building neighbours want you to be able to hold your pet in your arms on the elevators! And some condos do not allow pets at all. Every condo board is different so make sure you get the details.

As a homeowner, your pet-friendly home can be attractive to potential pet-owning buyers. And be sure to mention the parks and amenities to your listing agent so they can point them out.

If you are in the market to buy a new home, consider your furry friend’s needs and find the perfect home for both you and your pet.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home and need assistance navigating the pet-friendly housing market, we can help!

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