For many people, especially Millennials, pets are a treasured member of the family and are a major consideration when buying a home. In fact, Millennials cited the need for more room for their pets as the number one reason for buying a home in the first place. Additionally, 79% of Millennial home buyers who bought a home in 2018 said that they would pass on an otherwise perfect home if it didn’t meet the needs of their pets. When buying a home, there are pet-friendly features and design choices that you should consider to enhance your pet’s quality of life while making care-taking easier for you.
Pick a Prime Location
Depending on your pet, the proximity of your home to walking trails, parks and busy streets may be key. Many Trinity Homes communities include neighborhood green spaces and areas to enjoy the outdoors with your pet. Your home’s outdoor space should also be designed with your pets needs in mind, so be sure to consider fences, decks, patios, and yard space.
Give Them Their Own Space
When choosing a home, design the layout of your home with your pet—or future pets—in mind. Any room can be designed with a pet station that keeps daily care and grooming simple and contained. Oftentimes incorporated into a laundry room or mud room, imagine a space complete with a pet shower, wash station, automatic feeder, pet bed, litter box, cabinets for food, treats, and toys, and an exhaust fan to alleviate odors. You can even choose to include a special pet door with access to the yard.
Keep Them Entertained
Making small changes to your home can make a big difference to the quality of life for your pet. Make sure there are plenty of opportunities for your furry friend to view the beautiful outdoor surroundings of your home with ample windows, or add a scratching post for your cat to alleviate scratch marks on furniture and walls. Discover what makes your pet happy and then use pet-friendly amenities in your home to enhance their comfort. Smart home technology can also add to the quality of your pet’s life, as well as your peace of mind, with cameras and lights that allow you to check in when you can’t be there.
Designing a custom home allows you to consider the wants and needs of all of your family members, even your beloved pets. At Trinity Homes, we offer plenty of pet-friendly amenities to choose from, guaranteeing that you’ve designed a room for everyone in your family. Contact our sales associates to get started designing your dream home today.