A recent survey conducted by SunTrust  in the United States outlined the approach millennials are taking to choosing their first home. This 18-36 year old demographic were asked to identify the considerations they would make in selecting property.
The largest factor overall was space (66 per cent), and the next most popular was building equity (36 per cent). Following closely behind was the adorable and surprising 33 per cent who claimed finding a home with the right yard for their dog wasn’t just a priority – but a greater priority than family, with marriage and childbirth scoring only 25 and 19 per cent respectively.
Do first home buyers in Australia  echo this sentiment? There’s no local study to confirm it, however Beyond Bank knows who’s a good dog (spoiler: it’s your dog!). With that in mind, here’s our guide to shopping for pet-friendly housing.
Consider the home’s features
A big yard is by all means great for a dog, it means they have plenty of room to play and expend energy which generally means they’ll be less inclined to misbehave. It’s not just the size of the yard though, there are other factors to consider. Is your house fenced? Fully or partially? Are there any areas where your four legged friends may be able to sneak out of the property?
It’s also worth considering the interior of your prospective first home . Some breeds of dog are more prone to joint problems than others, and of course, as dogs age mobility becomes more of an issue. Will these dogs be required to climb stairs to get to their bed, food, or other play areas? We also know that some of you are cat people (we’re not taking sides), so you may want to check if there is a cat flap, or where one can be installed.
Check out the neighbourhood
Your pet’s life doesn’t exist solely within the confines of your property, so it’s important to take a wider look at the neighbourhood and surrounding community. One way to ensure you’re moving into an environment that will be good for both you and your furry one is to find out whether there are other pets in the neighbourhood – this be more difficult than it sounds, but you could always ask the neighbours or check out potential walking spots for other owners. Being in an area with other pet lovers means that in the event your mischief maker does manage to get out of your new property, the neighbours may be able to help and your dog is less likely to get in trouble.
Further, how far away from the road are you, and what is the traffic like? If your dog is a keen explorer, it could be dangerous if you’re living close to arterial routes or busy main roads. It’s also a good idea to check how far you are from the nearest vet. If something goes horribly wrong and your pal needs to see a medical professional, you want to make sure you can get them there without a huge delay.
Find out about the local requirements
You should definitely check out what the local requirements are for pets. As a pet owner, you may have responsibilities that differ somewhat from previous areas you and your dog have lived. It’s unlikely you’ll find anything outside of responsible dog ownership – but you should still check with the local council. Likewise, the Property Owners Association may also provide insights or restrictions to dog ownership in your area.
For more information, or home loan advice for getting into your first property, get in contact with us today  – but before you do, show your pup some love.
Beyond Bank Australia, a trading name of Community CPS Australia Ltd, 100 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 (ABN 15 087 651 143, AFSL / Australian Credit Licence 237856)
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