helping you through the house-selling process

Selling real estate can be just as much work as buying. There are so many things to worry about as you prepare your home to list on the market. Then you have to worry about the real estate agent you will hire to help you get the house sold. After that, you have to worry about who will be coming in to tour your home throughout the week. Will you hold an open house? Do you take the first reasonable offer you are presented with? Our blog was designed to assist you through the selling process a little bit easier.

Own a Dog? Criteria for You to Keep in Mind While House Hunting


It's common to think about the needs of each family member when you're browsing real estate listings as you shop for a house. For example, if you have two children, you may want a three-bedroom home so that each child can have his or her own room. Don't forget to also consider the needs of your family dog when you're house hunting. Although your pet's needs might not supersede those of your family, it's important to consider a variety of dog-related details.

Ideally, you'll be able to find the perfect house to accommodate each member of your family—including the four-legged one. Here are some criteria to keep in mind while looking through property listings.

Fenced Yard

Lots of buyers view a fenced yard as ideal if they have small children, but this outdoor feature is also highly useful for people who own a pet dog. A fenced yard means that you don't need to be afraid about your dog escaping while it's outside, and can also save you the effort of having to go outside whenever you let your dog out. With a fenced yard, you can comfortably put the canine outside on a nice day and enjoy peace of mind. Fencing a yard can be costly, so if you find a house without a fence, you may wish to factor the eventual cost of this work into your offer price.

Walking Safety

If you're the type of dog owner who enjoys walking his or her pet daily, you should also assess how safe you feel in the area. Safety in this regard is twofold—think about not only the feeling that you get in the neighborhood, especially after dark, as well as whether there are sidewalks or whether you would have to walk along the side of the road. The latter is more common in rural settings. Additionally, if there are paths in the area that are suitable for walking a dog, this can be desirable.

Dog-Friendly Neighborhood

Some neighborhoods provide a feeling of being friendly toward canines. Perhaps you'll see people walking their dogs together, or maybe you'll see a large and modern dog park that many local families and their pets are using. If you're looking in an area in which there are restaurants and retail establishments within walking distance, you may even see bowls of water placed outside for dogs to enjoy while their owners shop. Each of these criteria can be useful to evaluate when you shop for a home as a dog owner.


12 December 2017