As more millennials reach the age where they’re ready to settle down and buy a home, another trend follows in tandem: more young Americans are identifying as dog owners. According to one study, 75% of 30-somethings owned a dog compared to more than 50% of the overall population. It’s no wonder, then, that so many first-time homebuyers are looking for homes that fit their furry lifestyles. If you’re a dog owner looking to buy–or a homeseller trying to understand the market–we’re here to show you which dog-friendly features are most coveted.
Nothing says “pet paradise” like a big open space for a pup to run around. While a pet Chihuahua might not need a ton of space to play, bigger dogs like huskies and golden retrievers will definitely reap the benefits. On top of that, a big backyard eliminates the need to go for constant walks. If the owner is cramped for time, they can let them into the yard to do their “duties.”
A dog door is the perfect home feature for the fussy pup who can’t decide whether he wants to be inside or out. Rather than constantly scratching on the backdoor, a doggy door makes it easy for pups to come in and out as they please without waiting for their owner. Greater flexibility means fewer indoor accidents, too.
Having a dog-proof privacy fence makes life simpler for everyone: Fido can’t escape whenever he’s getting cabin fever, you don’t have to worry about other dogs wandering in, and a privacy fence can stop your dog from constantly barking at distractions. As for height, a taller fence is better. According to The Fence Authority, “for most breeds, six feet should be sufficient.”
Hardwood floors are easier to clean when Buddy has an accident indoors. Unlike carpets, which tend to stain easily and collect unpleasant odors over time, hardwood floors can be swept up and managed with ease. That means no need to change the carpets or live with odd smells. Plus, owners can easily sweep fur away, which means less maintenance overall.
Nothing makes a dog owner happier than living in a dog-friendly neighborhood. This could mean a lot of things: a quiet street with little traffic, well-paved sidewalks, or a big park nearby. It could also extend to other areas, such as local businesses. In Austin, Texas, for example, many dog owners can bring their pups to restaurants with patios and dine together. Whether or not the surrounding community is dog-friendly can play a big role in an owner’s home buying decision.
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