When you buy a home, you have to take the needs of all of your household members into account. However, if you also have certain types of animals, then you also need to take their needs into account, along with other things that will make things more convenient for them and the family. Here are some of the different scenarios you may want to go through if you are the owner of certain animals.
If you have livestock – If you own any type of livestock, then you need to make it a point to check with the city or county to verify that you can have that type of livestock on the property you are looking into purchasing. You also want to make sure you are aware of any limits regarding the number of those types of animals that you are allowed to own on that size of property. If you go over the limit, then you may face daily fines until you no longer have more than the allowable number on the land.
If you have a horse – If you have a horse, then you not only want to try to buy a horse property that already has the buildings and fencing you'll need in place, but you should also consider the area. If you like the idea of taking your horse off property to ride it, then you may want to hold out for horse property in a very rural area, where cars driving down the street won't be such a concern. Or, you may want to make sure you go with a very large property with plenty of room to ride without leaving the property.
If you own dogs – If you own dogs that are going to be spending a good amount of time in the yard, it may be a good idea to try for a house that is on a street with a limited amount of traffic and a slower speed limit. This way, you won't have to be as frantic if your dog does end up escaping from the yard as you would be if you lived on a busy street.
If you own exotic animals – If you currently own exotic animals and you are going to be moving to a different area, then you want to make sure the area you are considering is going to allow you to keep those animals. You may be surprised to learn that an animal you are allowed to have as a pet where you currently reside isn't allowed in the area you want to buy a home in.
For example, a lot of states allow you to own animals like opossums or ferrets, but other states don't allow them to be owned. You may also want to see if there is a way for you to get a permit to own those animals that would allow you to have them, regardless of the regulations for the average person. Of course, you do want to make sure you are 100% going to be able to get a permit before buying, so you don't end up getting denied after the fact.
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