When you own multiple dogs, you know that those dogs are like true members of the family. As such, when you are looking for a new home, you want to take their needs into account. You also need to take into account what needs you and your other human family members have because of your multiple dogs. So, what does this boil down to? What features should you look for in a property when you have multiple dogs? Take a look.
A Fenced-In Yard
When you have multiple dogs, having to take them all outside separately on leashes can be quite time-consuming. When you have a fenced-in yard, though, you can let your dogs out on their own to use the bathroom and get a little exercise. As such, you want to look for a home with a fully fenced yard. Look at the fence closely to ensure it is in good shape and make sure it is tall enough that your dogs won't be able to jump over it.
A Dog Door, or Ability to Add One
If the home has a dog door, that's a huge bonus! If the home does not have a dog door, check to see whether there is an easy way to add one. For instance, you probably don't want to buy a home with glass patio doors in the back as it is impossible to put a dog door in these doors. A home with a wooden or fiberglass back door is a better option since a contractor can cut into these materials and install a dog door.
A Laundry Sink or Separate Tub
With multiple dogs, you're going to be doing a lot of dog washing. You probably do not want to be washing these dogs in your own shower or tub. Check for a laundry sink or a separate tub in the basement so that you have a convenient place to wash your dogs without making a mess.
A Lot of Hard Floors
Carpet does not fare well when you have multiple dogs. It grabs onto hair and dander, develops odors, and is really hard to clean when a dog has an accident. The more hard floors a home has, the better suited it is to your position as the owner of multiple dogs.
When you have several dogs, make sure you keep their needs in mind as you shop for a new home. Talk to your agent to learn more about the real estate for sale in your area.