When you begin the process of purchasing a home it is important to consider how to factor in Fido. If you are one of the nearly 78 million American households who have pets you'll know how important it is to keep your pet's needs in mind.  Here are some tips for pet owners when embarking on a home purchase in Houston and beyond: 

  1. Know the neighborhood. Is there a dog park or hike & bike trail to wear out your four legged friend after work each day? Different areas of Houston have local requirements like leash laws and clean up. Noncompliance fines are real. 

  2. Considering homes within a Home Owners Association? Depending on your budget, an apartment, condominium or townhouse may be just right for you and your cat or dog. I will help you review the bylaws to know pet regulations before you commit. I've seen steep fines for dogs loose in the neighborhood. Be careful or you may face fines for violating rules and bylaws.

  3. Assess your pet's needs. Is your pet older? Maybe the best option is a single story home. Looking for a townhouse in central Houston? Let's include elevators in our search. Big dog? A mud room or patio will save a lot of headache during clean up after a good rain. Consider quality alternatives to hard wood floors for any budget. Laminates, tiles, and my personal favorite, the durable grey and tan Daltile that mimics natural woods, fair better under barrage of paws.

It is essential to consider your family needs when purchasing a home, and if an animal is a central part of your life, consider how he/she will adapt to your new home. Let's sit down and discuss what you can comprimise on and what is essential to making your pet feel at home in your new home. 

If you plan to house exotic animal as a pet, such as peacocks or Mike Tyson's Tiger, clarify the zoning regulations and ordinances with the proper officials.

If you plan to house exotic animal as a pet, such as peacocks or Mike Tyson's Tiger, clarify the zoning regulations and ordinances with the proper officials.