The inside matters just as much as the outside when finding a new place for you and your pets here are some of the pet-friendly features to consider:
Carpet isn't the ideal flooring choice as they trap pet hair and can be difficult to keep clean. You may need the appropriate cleaning supplies to remove pet stains and odors, and they tend to wear out quickly. Hardwood floors usually fare better with pets, as they’re easier to clean and restrain. However, you may want to consider large rugs and runners to minimize damage.
While it all boils down to what fits your lifestyle and tastes best, some of the floorings most recommended by experts are vinyl plank and tile. They’re mostly durable, cost-effective, easy to clean, and scratch- and water-resistant, so they can withstand water bowl spills, accidents, or even skidding paws.
Always consider the size and number of your pets when touring homes. Extra space is a huge bonus, especially if you have indoor-only pets that need space to run and play safely. You also want to have a designated space where you can keep their bed, toys, crate, as well as food and water. This ensures they have a space of their own while making it easier to keep your home organized.
Spaces that can be dedicated to pet cleanup have been gaining popularity. Doggie showers or washing stations located in entryways and mudrooms are just some ideal features that will make it easier for you to clean up your pets after playing outdoors. Other pet-approved upgrades, like doggie doors or built-in feeding stations, are beneficial to have included instead of having to add yourself.
Lastly, keep your pet’s age and breed in mind. Common features like stairs can become a problem when your pet’s mobility decreases as they age, or if they have certain health conditions. If a multi-level home is what you’re looking for, features like ground-level entryways and fenced-in areas may be beneficial to ensure that your pet doesn’t wander without supervision.