3 Home Features To Consider If You Have Dogs

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Looking for a new house can often be a rewarding experience, but it can also be a bit difficult to find the right house for your family, especially if you have dogs. Listed below are three home features to consider if you have dogs.

Single-Story Homes

One of the most useful and important features to consider when you have dogs in your household is a single-story home, mostly because the stairs can cause quite a bit of discomfort and inconvenience for you and your pet. For example, if you buy a house with multiple floors, then there is a good chance that your dog will become overly excited when someone knocks on the door or while he or she is playing and end up taking a tumble down the stairs, which can result in severe injuries for your dog. In addition, having to navigate the stairs multiple times a day to let your dog into the yard can be very inconvenient for you and painful for your dog when he or she gets older.

Carpeted Floors

While hardwood floors seem to be the first choice for many home buyers, they can be a massive headache when you have dogs in your house. The reason for this is that when you buy a house with hardwood floors, the noise that is produced every time your dogs walk or run across those hard floors will be irritating when you hear it happening all day. In addition, a dog's claws can also cause very expensive damage to the floors because they can cause deep scratching and scuffing.

Another reason to consider carpeted floors when looking for a new house is that the carpet will provide a much softer surface than hardwood floors. The softer surface will be better for your dog's joints when he or she gets older due to the padding that carpeting will provide and will also provide a softer surface for your dog to sleep on throughout the day. 

Wipe Clean Paint

Finally, it is inevitable that when you have dogs in your home that they will end up making a mess. One way to make it easier to deal with this mess is to consider a home that utilizes paint on the walls that you can simply wipe clean with a washcloth and warm water. This is very useful as it is common for your dogs to come home from a walk or a trip to the yard and either rub their dirty fur on the walls as they walk through the room or shake themselves dry in the middle of the room, which can make your walls grimy and dirty very quickly.

Contact a real estate agent today in order to discuss which features you should consider for a home that is ideal for both you and your pets. For a house that will make both your life and the lives of your dogs much easier, consider a house that has a single story, carpeted floors, and paint that you can simply wipe clean.