In the final of a six-part series exploring the best homes for different buyer demographics, we take a look at what pet owners should consider when buying a home.
When looking to buy a property, you should consider every member of the family who will be living there – and your pet is no exception.
With different pets having different requirements and temperaments, there are aspects such as safety and sanitation to consider.
LJ Hooker Kalamunda and Foothills Principal and Licensed Auctioneer Grant Winning said although it depended on the type of pet living at the property, pet owners were generally most concerned with outdoor space, with a decent backyard and secure fencing being a high priority.
It is also important to make sure there is a grassed area for your pet.
“We have found, however, that buyers will compromise on this if the location is good and there are parks or a public open space close by,” Mr Winning said.
“Avoid small blocks without nearby parkland. If buying an unfenced property, the cost of fencing needs to be factored into their offer.
“Pets need their exercise and pet owners also wouldn’t like the idea of them escaping at every opportunity.”
Speaking of potential escapees, Mr Winning said to install features to make sure your adventurous and curious family member did not have the opportunity.
“Cat owners should either consider a secure cat run or installing an anti-climb device on top of fencing,” he said.
Ray White South Perth Licensed Real Estate Agent Lisa Mann said homeowners should avoid properties with poor ventilation, as well as strata properties where possible.
She said the most popular types of properties for people with pets were green titles.
“This is because they have land and gardens for pets, and you are not under the control of a strata company,” Ms Mann said. “Strata can be a problem since the owners of a strata can say the pet is noisy, and they can change the laws to have no pets, which means you would have to either move out or move the pet out.”
Ms Mann said you should also look for a property with a patio or a shady tree, so there was shelter from the weather.
“The best floor plans for people with pets are single-storey and open living, with a pet door to the alfresco or backyard,” she said. “It allows the pet to have free access inside and out depending on the weather and if there are any threats from other pets.”
Apart from easy access to the backyard area, you should also think about your pet’s ability to access other parts of the home.
“Depending on what the purpose of buying a pet is, you may need to look for a floor plan where the pet has easy access to the front door to protect your premises if you have a pet for security,” Ms Mann said.
If your pet likes to go around and explore, have a think about how you and your pet can have some time apart when the time calls for it.
“Many pet owners prefer a property that has an area which can be shut off from the rest of the home,” Mr Winning said. “This is mostly for when they have visitors, but some prefer to have an area where the pet sleeps at night away from the bedrooms, like the laundry for example.”
Continuing to consider the importance of the internal areas, the spaces and the materials used in the home should also be thought about.
Mr Winning said it was preferable to have easy-clean flooring.
“Even the best trained pets have little mishaps,” he said. “Carpet is not always ideal – many pet owners prefer tiles, vinyl or floorboards.”
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