Tips for Buying a Pet-Friendly Home

Girl petting her dog in front of their new homeFor many of us, our four-legged pets are part of the family. There’s no denying they often hold a special place in our hearts! Just like you consider the needs of each of your family members, it’s important to think about what your pets will need in a new home as well. Here are a few tips to make sure your new home is not only people-friendly, but also pet-friendly!

Consider Your Pet’s Needs

When thinking about the features you need in your next home, don’t forget about your pets! Be sure to consider your needs now and in the future.

  • Flooring. Look for a home that is built with durable flooring. Most homeowners opt for engineered hardwood, tile, or laminate flooring instead of carpet since they are easier to clean and keep cooler during warmer days.
  • Layout. Consider the home’s layout while touring. Make sure your pets will be able to easily move from room to room and that there will be plenty of room for everyone (and their stuff!). Be sure to consider your pet’s age and physical abilities: do you have an elderly dog that may have trouble navigating stairs? If so, a multi-level home may not be the best idea.
  • Yard space. A fenced-in yard is the top feature most homebuyers consider, especially dog-owners. Make sure the fence is sturdy and does not have any gaps that could lead to potential escapes. Also check that the plants are non-toxic.

Research Local Rules and Regulations

Be aware of any local rules and regulations that may restrict the number or types of pets you may have. Just because you own your home doesn’t mean your pets may be welcomed! Be sure to check with your city and state for breed-specific laws and limits. There may be additional requirements for pet owners to follow.

Find a Pet-Friendly Community

You’ll want to make sure your neighborhood is welcoming to pets. When touring homes, check out the neighborhood and see if there are any other pet owners in the area. Seeing other pets in the neighborhood is a good sign that pets are welcomed in the neighborhood. Be sure to notice how much street traffic is occurring as well!

Also take note of any pet services or amenities near your home: are there sidewalks or a dog park where you can safely walk your dog? Are there any veterinarians, pet sitters, groomers, or walkers nearby? How close are pet stores? Knowing if these amenities are close by will make it easier to maintain your pet’s health and happiness.

Find Great Pet-Friendly New Construction Homes

Finding a home that’s comfortable for every member of your family is possible! At Hayden Homes, we build attractive, friendly communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our brand-new homes for sale in the Pacific Northwest. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home.

Moving to Idaho from California Here’s What you Should Know

Moving to Boise from California what to knowMoving to a new state can be both exciting and a little unnerving. As you weigh your options of where to go and what life will hold for you next, Boise should be at the top of your list. Boise is not only a beautiful place to live that could lead to an improved quality of life. Here are some top reasons why a move to Idaho, especially the Boise area, from California may be the right choice for you.
The Cost of Living in Boise is Significantly Lower than in California
One of the top reasons that you may be thinking about saying goodbye to California and relocating to Boise is that the cost of living in Boise is significantly lower than the cost of living in California. In fact, California is on the list of the seven most expensive states in the country in which to live. And it’s not just housing that’s more expensive in California; food, gas, and taxes are also pricier in California.
Boise, on the other hand, is a much more affordable. While the average cost of living in Boise is slightly higher than the U.S. average, housing is still plenty affordable, and food and utilities are ranked as less expensive than U.S. averages. If you’re moving to Boise from California, the savings on housing alone can make a huge difference. If you sell your house in California and come to Boise, you may be able to pay cash for a brand new – never been lived in before – home by Hayden Homes.
Improved Quality of Life
While California is beautiful, it’s also extremely busy with people, cars, and often in the summer, polluted by smoke from wildfires and CO2 emissions from vehicles and industrial operations. When you move to Boise, you may be able to experience an improved quality of life. In Boise, you may be able to walk or bike to work, or go for a jog before your busy day starts because of the time you may save with less congested commuting. On your days off, you can get to the mountains or to a trail in a matter of minutes, enjoying fresh air, blue skies, and plenty of year-round sunshine. In Boise, there are dozens of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy, from mountain biking and indoor tennis to fine dining and live concerts. With less traffic to navigate, you’ll have more time to recreate, shop, dine, wine taste, spend time with family, and invest in your own health and well-being.
Idaho Ranks Among the Happiest and Best Places to Live/Retire
In several recent surveys, Idaho has been called out as a great place to live and/or retire. The state not only ranks among the happiest, but also one of the best places to retire. In a study conducted by WalletHub, they compared 50 states on multiple dimensions and Idaho ranked sixth in happy factor and first for community and environment (read article).  If that wasn’t enough to convince you, especially if you are ready to retire, in another study conducted by Forbes Boise ranked in the top 10 for best places to retire! With it’s low crime rates, high ranking in walkability, bicycling, and volunteering – it’s no wonder this is such a popular place in which to move.
Is it Time for a Move?
If you’ve been thinking about moving from California, now may be the perfect time. At Hayden Homes, we have homes for sale in Boise, as well as other cities located in the Treasure Valley such as Eagle, Meridian, Kuna, Nampa and Caldwell. To see our brand new homes for sale in the Northwest and learn more about buying your first home or moving into your dream home, get in touch with Hayden Homes today. We can’t wait to help you make your move a reality!