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3 Tips That Can Help You Find a Dog-Friendly Home

by Fernando Moore

One of the most important things to keep in mind when looking for a home for sale is the suitability of the home for every member of your family, which can often include your pets. Listed below are three tips that can help you find a house that will be a good fit for you and any dogs that you may have.

Consider Carpeted Floors

While hardwood floors are among the most sought after home features by many people, you may want to consider going with carpeted floors instead if you have dogs. One of the biggest reasons for this is that dogs can very easily scratch of a hardwood floor whenever they are running across it due to their claws.

In addition, having carpeted floors means that you will not have to deal with the very loud skittering and clicking noises that dogs can make when they run across hardwood floors, which is very beneficial if you want to be able to have a quiet space at home to relax or if you work from home. A nice added bonus is that carpeted floors will allow your dog to have a comfortable spot to sleep on throughout your home.

Look for a Home With an Entryway

Another great feature to consider when looking for a house that will be good for you and your dogs is an entryway. An entryway or mudroom is a great way to keep your dogs from spreading mud or dirt throughout your whole house when you bring them in from their walk, mostly because you can stop in the mudroom and wipe the dog down and remove any dirt and mud before they can access the rest of the house. This is especially useful when you consider that many entryways or mudrooms are designed to be quite easy to clean, so it is not a big deal if your dog shakes himself or herself off in those rooms.

Try to Avoid Multilevel Homes

Finally, one of the best things that you can do when you have a dog is to avoid a multilevel home. The primary reason for this is that dogs can be more than a little clumsy at times, so it is not uncommon for younger or active dogs to end up taking a tumble down the stairs when they are getting excited, which can lead to injuries on the part of your dog and expensive vet bills. In addition, avoiding a home that is more than one level is a great way to avoid any issues that your dog may have as he or she gets older because dogs often have difficulty navigating stairs in their golden years.

Contact a real estate agent today and discuss what features you would like in a home that would be a good fit for you and your dog and any features the real estate agent may recommend that you consider.