How to find the perfect home that your pets will love
Searching for the home of your dreams is no easy task, but finding one that suits your pets as well can be even more difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some ideas on what you should be looking for when searching for the perfect pet-friendly home.
When you view a home that you are looking to buy, think about the layout of the rooms. Can your pets run around safely in the space? Large hallways or open plan living will give your pets the opportunity to strut their stuff safely.
A large, protected garden
A home with access to a large garden is a great for your pets to get out and explore a new world in between walks.
Having a variety of garden features such as ponds, trees and bushes also encourages your pets to interact with wildlife and the surrounding nature, fuelling their curiosity. It’s also important to determine if the garden is well protected, with sufficiently high fences so that your pets can’t wonder off into harm’s way.
The bigger and better protected the garden; the more fun your pet is going to have without you having to worry!
Is your dog a barker? Find it frustrating that the smallest movement outside sets them off? Moving to a quieter area can help limit the amount of times they get disturbed by activity going on outside, and save you having to calm them down!
The other thing to bear in mind is, should the worst happen and your pet gets loose in unfamiliar surroundings, there is the possibility that they might run into the middle of the road. Living on quieter, smaller roads, can help reduce the risk of your pet coming to harm before you (or a helpful neighbour) can get them back to safety.
Another important element that you will have to consider when buying a home with a pet is finding out where the closest pet services are. For example, having a veterinary clinic nearby can be a literal lifesaver should the worst happen.
Nearby Parks and nature walks
The outdoors is a pet’s best friend, so having parks and nature trails close to your home is ideal for you both to discover new places.
The town of Ickenham, for example, has plenty of surrounding parkland, including:
- Colne Valley Regional Park
- Denham Country Park
- Uxbridge Alderglade Nature Reserve
- Swakeleys Park
- Hillingdon Court Park
If you have a canine friend, it’s also important to also check if the nearby parks are dog friendly. It’s important to determine whether you will need to keep your dog on a leash, if are they encouraged to play, or if there are limitations on what times they can enter the park.
If you’re currently looking for a new, pet-friendly home, our collection of apartments at Harefield Place welcome a variety of different pets. With plenty of outside space for them to roam around in, and easy access to parks such as Colne Valley Regional Park, we’re sure you’ll find something to suit you both.