Tuesday, September 5, 2023 / by Sonya Reiselt
Are you looking for the perfect home for you and your furry friends in the Hilton Head and Port Royal area? In recent years, data has consistently indicated that home buyers prioritize creating a comfortable environment for their dogs when making real estate purchases. This motivation surpasses factors such as proximity to work or readiness for marriage and children.
When buying a house in the Lowcountry with a dog in mind, there are a few key factors to consider.
A floor plan that works
If your dog is older, navigating stairs may become challenging. In this stage of life, a ranch-style home would be the most suitable option. Mostly it's finding a floor plan that is roomy enough for the family and pets to live comfortably and cohesively together without becoming major obstacles for one another.
When choosing a home, it's important to consider the outside space. Look closely at whether your dog will have enough room to run and play. Check if the yard has a fence, and if so, carefully assess its condition. You'll also want to assess any water or native plants that could pose a potential hazard to your pets and what it may take to renovate or remove them.
Are there other homes with dogs in the area that may make good pals for your dog? On the flip side, do you have neighbors with dogs or other pets that could pose an issue for your dog? Things to think about and assess, and possibly speak with neighbors to find out more before deciding on the home.
On the other hand, the neighbors' dogs can be a nightmare, especially if they are mega-barkers that irritate not only you, but also get your own dog(s) going. It can be incredibly frustrating dealing with their constant barking. However, sometimes its just a matter of speaking with the neighbors about the situation and identifying what is making the other dogs uneasy. Talk through the situation to see if it can be remedied.
Close to a park
Living in an area without the freedom to let your dogs roam can be challenging. However, having a nearby park provides a great alternative for dog owners. It allows dogs to exercise, socialize, and explore in a safe and controlled environment. Parks often offer open spaces for running, walking trails for leisurely strolls, and designated areas for off-leash play. Additionally, dog parks may have amenities such as water fountains, waste disposal stations, and even agility courses to enhance the overall experience.
If you are moving to Hilton Head, there are a number of off leash parks to choose from. And of course, don't forget all of the amazing beaches we have for your furry friend to enjoy.
When venturing outside the city, the presence of predators increases. If unable to install a doggie door, leaving your dog alone for extended periods necessitates careful consideration of the potential dangers and impact on their quality of life.
How busy is the street?
Dogs escaping is a common occurrence. In high-traffic areas, the risk of them getting injured or killed by a vehicle is higher. Even if you always keep your dog on a leash, there are situations where they could get out, such as when you're distracted or if someone leaves the door open. In such cases, they could end up in a quiet cul-de-sac or a busy street.
Nooks and crannies
When purchasing a two-story home, consider utilizing the unused space under the stairs as a dedicated dog hangout area. This clever use of space provides a cozy and comfortable spot for your furry friend to relax and unwind.
When considering communities, it is important to check for breed restrictions on dogs such as pit bulls or German shepherds. Additionally, be aware that some condo and townhome communities may have pet restrictions.
Even if you own your own property, it's not guaranteed your pet will be allowed on the property, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). “Depending on the number and the breed, there can be restrictions within a Homeowners Association (HOA), condo development, or even the city or state, at large.
The right flooring
When buying a new home or renovating, it's worth considering dog-friendly materials. Luxury vinyl tile is a popular choice that replicates the appearance of wood, but with added benefits for pet owners. It's easy to maintain and completely waterproof, making it an excellent option for homes with furry companions.
Of course, we are more than happy to help you consider your unique needs when buying a home that fits your entire family, pets included!
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