Dogs are a part of the family just like the other members, so their safety and happiness should be considered when buying a home as well. Many millennials are putting off having children so in some cases, being a pet parent holds even more importance.
One of the main reasons dog owners want to buy a home is because they want a yard for their dog. This is even more true in cases where there is more than one dog of a dog that’s a larger breed. Making sure the yard has a suitable fence for your dog is also going to be an important factor in keeping your dog as safe as possible. If you happened to find a home with a yard but it doesn’t have a fence, you should do your research before purchasing to make sure you can have one installed.
Another thing you will want to keep an eye out for is a dog friendly neighborhood in general. Look for local dog parks that your dog can enjoy and on the other hand, avoid areas that look unfriendly towards dogs with “no dogs allowed” signs.
If you’re in a dog friendly area, chances are you will have an animal hospital in the nearby area which is key for making sure you can get there quickly in case of emergency. Another thing you may want to research is local dog walkers or doggy day cares in the area. Having others to help out if you can’t make it home for your dog relieves some stress and keeps the dog happy.
Homeowners Insurance and Dogs
Many people in the United States own a pet, and a majority of those pets are dogs, and that number continues to grow. So what does that mean for those dog owners that want to buy a home? It means that they also need to be aware of the facts when it comes to dog bites as well since about four and a half million happen every year according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
And although some of these dog bites may happen when dogs are protecting the home from intruders, many of them don’t and that means insurance companies have received a lot more claims due to dog bites that happen in the home. Those claims can end up costing quite a bit when the company has to pay them out, so they are taking dog ownership a bit more seriously when it comes to your policy.
Reach Out Today
If you find the right home for you and your furry friend, it’s a good idea to be prepared in advance to take that home when you find it. Your offer will get a lot more respect if it comes with a mortgage pre-approval letter so don’t hesitate to reach out and discuss your options with our team at Commonwealth Mortgage Corp today!