If you have a pet, then one of the most important things to look for when buying a townhouse is that the community allows pets. After all, you don't want to have to give up your beloved furry friend just to move in! But allowing pets is not quite enough. You will also want your townhouse and townhouse community to have the following features and amenities. 

Easily Cleanable Floors

Many people really want a carpeted townhouse because carpeting is comfortable underfoot. But as a pet owner, you probably want to look for a townhouse with any flooring but carpeting. Maybe you can have carpeting in the bedrooms, but in the general entryway and living room, you're better off with tile, vinyl, or linoleum flooring. All of these surfaces are easier to clean, which you will really appreciate when your dog comes in with muddy paws or when your cat starts shedding heavily in the springtime. It's also a lot easier to get "accidents"cleaned up when you have a non-carpeted floor.

A Utility Sink

If the only sinks in the house are about 8 inches deep and there's a stand-up shower with no tub, you're not going to have an easy time bathing your pet! It's worth looking for a townhouse with either a large utility sink or a tub. You'll often see a utility sink either in the laundry room or basement. This will save you so many trips to the groomer or dog washing facility.

Places to Walk

This really only applies if you have a dog or if you are one of those rare people who walk their cat. But you want to make sure the townhouse community is a place where you feel comfortable walking your pet. Are there sidewalks? Is there plenty of green space where you can let your pet go potty? If the townhouse community has an off-leash park where you can let your dog play, that's even better. 

Other Pet Owners

When you visit the townhouse community, pay attention to whether there are other pet owners walking around. If the townhome community allows pets but there are not many other pet owners, then the neighbors may not be as understanding if your dog barks at night or your cat meows through the window. On the other hand, if you see a lot of other pets, you can expect the neighbors, and not just the community, to be pet-friendly.

Before buying a townhouse, make sure you take your pet's needs into account and look for the features above to ensure it is a pet-friendly townhome community.