Home Buying Guide for Pet Owners

Dated: October 20 2018

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Are you a pet Mom or Dad here in Alaska? If so, we all know how precious it is for you to keep your fur babies’ needs in mind when shopping for a new home.

I had a friend who had to give up his fur baby for adoption because the house they rented did not allow pets. That kind of scenario is heart breaking so we know decisions on purchasing a home can be greatly influenced by beloved pets. They are part of the family!

Here are five things you need to consider to ensure you find the perfect home for you and your pet.

Local pet laws and requirements

Check the local pet laws and pet owner restrictions. Familiarize yourself with breed-specific legislation within your state and city. Check if there are limits on the number of animals allowed in a home. Some HOAs also set ordinances with pets in communities for health and safety reasons. If you have a breed that tends to make noises or bark a lot, definitely talk to the HOA.

Pet Services Access

Check your neighborhood if there are emergency pet centers, veterinarian, pet stores, pet parks where you can safely walk your dog. Also, are there pet sitters, groomers and walkers in your area that you may need. Enlist the advice of realtor who knows the neighborhood well.


Is your neighborhood pet-friendly?   Can you ensure that your pets are safe to roam around this neighborhood? Are there pet-friendly amenities around? Is the home located right in an area that may potentially be dangerous for your pets? Are there other pets nearby? It won't hurt to familiarize yourself with the streets surrounding the home.

Home features

Will the home design and features be comfortable for your pet? Is there enough space? Is the flooring pet-friendly? Some recommend solid hardwood since it can be refinished when it's scratched. If the house is multi-level, can they handle the stairs? Is there anything in the house that may cause hazard to your pets like unsecured windows?

Fenced yard

This is important for pet owners. Is your yard pet-friendly? If your pet is running free in the yard, can they play safely in there without much supervision? Can they jump over it? Are there any holes for them to wiggle under and escape?

Also, don't forget to check with the HOA if there are fencing restrictions.


Take your time and don't rush the hunt for the perfect pet-friendly house you've been dreaming for. Create a plan and don't hesitate to get some help.


If you are looking to buy a house and thinking about your pets, we can help! Call (907) 570-6757 or 907-720-4663.

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Homes by Vanna

Vanna has called Alaska home for the past 15 years. As a mother, real estate investor and previous business owner, Vanna brings many different perspectives when working for her clients. She has been a....

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