Dog Etiquette Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
Lets learn more about dog etiquette tips for First-Time Homebuyers….In 2016, first-time homebuyers purchased 2 million single-family homes. Meanwhile, 89.7 million dogs lived in U.S. households in 2017. So if you belong to both of these categories – you’re a first-time homebuyer and a dog owner – here are some insights into neighborhood doggy decorum.
The transition between renting and buying can seem to up the stakes in many areas of your life. Buying comes with the advantages of having a property to invest in. Thing is, you’re also tied to that home and all the expenses that come with it. There’s the down-payment, then the mortgage, and the estimated annual cost of maintaining a home (roughly 1 to 2 percent of its value). Add to that the first-year price tag of owning a dog ($1,270), and you may be wondering if juggling all those costs for the first time is wise. To balance it all, you may think nixing vet checkups to budget for house repairs is a small sacrifice. That is, until other dogs in the neighborhood come down with heartworm that may be traced to your canine companion.
The Pet Factor
Dogs make a home seem even more like home when you’re their owner. When you’re buying a home, though, the idea of moving into a space where an animal has shed and panted repulses many people. So much so, in fact, that it can be a deal-breaker. Keep in mind that you may be in the position down the road where you have to stage your home in a way that masks any signs that a pet ever lived there. In a way, this is a sort of etiquette you extend to yourself: Keep on top of the normal wear-and-tear of having a dog. Touch up the baseboards when they’re scuffed, and vacuum all the time. When you go to sell your house, you’ll thank yourself for not having to spend money deep-cleaning the scent of your dog out of your rugs and drapes.
Doing Your Homework
Having a pet also factors into the process of buying your home, too. Mention to your realtor that you have a dog so that he can winnow your search down to a property (and area) that’s pet-friendly. That criteria might include a yard, a fence, and a floor plan with the square footage that jibes with the size of your dog. (Imagine getting a condo as big as a matchbox and stuffing a St. Bernard in it.) Nationwide, the average cost of a fence installation is $2,401, so you’ll be saving on that since a fence is a must in this scenario. The last thing you want is to be known in your neighborhood as the family that lets its dog roam free, bounding through other people’s barbecues and answering whenever — and wherever — nature calls.
The importance of doggy etiquette only increases when you swan around in luxury real estate. This is the big time, people. The median price of a luxury home in Orlando, Florida, stands at a mere $300,000. But as of 2017, the average sale price in the luxury market (in the top 5 percent of all homes) was $1.71 million. In that neighborhood, your dog should not just stay fenced in but also impeccably groomed. An HOA comprised of people who have shelled out a lot of money for their homes are not going to take kindly to medians being dotted with feces or a strange canine lapping out of their driveway fountain.
What’s a home without a dog? A place without a spirit of bounding goodwill, that’s what. Just make sure it’s well-trained so it becomes a happy highlight of the neighborhood.
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