Pet-Friendly Living in Manufactured Homes

Manufactured homes have become increasingly popular in recent years. The lower price point and right-sized floor plans make them a great option for those who want to downsize or lead a simpler lifestyle. But many prospective manufactured homeowners often come to us, asking us the following question—are manufactured homes pet-friendly? As a team of pet lovers, we’re always happy to answer that question with a resounding yes!

Our Pets Play Big Roles in Our Lives

Pets play a super special role in humans’ lives. In fact, pet ownership is believed to have a variety of health benefits—lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and increasing blood pressure. Spending time with your pet during the day can even help you get a better night’s sleep.

That’s why so many people want to know that when they purchase a manufactured home, they’re making a good decision for themselves and their pets.

The good news is that, yes, your new manufactured home can be built with your pet in mind.

Designing a Pet-Friendly Manufactured Home with ECM Homes

When you choose to design your manufactured home with ECM Homes, you can ensure every aspect is tailored for your comfort and your pets’ needs, too. One of the biggest advantages of our homes is their customization, including options and features that make life easier and safer for pets.

To begin, we recommend choosing long-lasting flooring options that can withstand the wear and tear of claws and the occasional accident. Materials like vinyl or laminated floors are tough and easy to clean.

Another thoughtful feature you can add later is built-in pet amenities. You can add designated pet beds, crates, or feeding stations that blend right into your home’s décor. These can be easily incorporated into your home’s design, providing comfort and a sense of belonging for your pets without cluttering your living space.

Moreover, our manufactured homes offer excellent outdoor spaces. Since all our homes are single-level, there’s no need for your pets to navigate stairs. This is especially beneficial for older pets or those with mobility issues. We can also install ramps for easy access to the home, creating ease of mobility for pets and people alike.

Instead of traditional decks, consider opting for patios in your backyard. Patios lie flush with the ground and eliminate the risk of toenails getting caught between deck boards, making them a safer option for your pets to enjoy the outdoors.

Our Favorite Pet-Friendly Manufactured Home Features

In addition to high-quality flooring, decks, and ramps, we recommend a few features to pet owners.

  • Fireplace: You’re probably wondering what a fireplace has to do with your pet. But trust us, many pets love curling up in front of the fireplace on a cold or rainy day—and we have plenty of those in Washington. Plus, you’ll love your new fireplace, too.
  • Spa Shower: Not only does a spa shower totally dress up your bathroom, it can also make it easier to bathe your pet. You don’t have to worry about lifting them in and out of a tub. Just be sure to keep their leash on them during bath time so they can’t escape easily and shake off all those soap suds all over the house.
  • Large Windows: Pets love looking out the window (especially those of the canine persuasion). So, look for a floor plan with a large picture window so your pet can indulge and bask in the sun on sunny days.

Helping Your Pet Adjust to their New Home

Though moving into your new manufactured home is exciting for you, it might not be as exciting for your pet. Your furry friend might feel anxious about such a big change to their surroundings. Though your pet will be sure to love their new home as much as you over time, there are a few things you can do to help them adjust.

  • Visit the New Location: Before your manufactured home is delivered, take your pet to visit the new location. This will allow them to get familiar with the smells and environment, which can help reduce anxiety when they move in.
  • Bring Familiar Items: Pack your pet’s favorite toys, blankets, and beds to place in the new home. Familiar scents can help them feel more secure amidst the new surroundings.
  • Maintain Routine: Before and after the move, keep your pet’s feeding, walking, and playtime schedule consistent. They will appreciate the familiarity of a predictable routine.
  • Create a Safe Space: Set up a dedicated area in your new home where your pet can retreat when overwhelmed. This should be a quiet corner with their bed and some favorite items.
  • Gradual Introduction: Slowly introduce your pet to different areas of the new home instead of allowing them to roam freely immediately. Gradually expanding their environment can help manage their stress levels.
  • Use Calming Products: Consider using pheromone diffusers or sprays to soothe your pet. These products mimic the natural pheromones used by animals to communicate a sense of safety.
  • Give Extra Attention: Spend extra time playing with and comforting your pet during the initial days in the new home. Your presence and attention can help reassure them that they are in a safe place.

ECM Homes Established Communities are Small-Pet Friendly

If you have your eye on a particular floor plan and are considering the benefits of moving to an established community, know that our two communities in Sequim and Enumclaw are small-pet friendly. Plus, there are dog parks on-premise in both neighborhoods.

You’ll find that our facilities make it easy to keep your pets happy and active. You can use them while walking your dog on quiet streets or in the community areas. We commit to living pet-friendly. It enhances the lives of all our residents. Our communities are the perfect place for pet lovers who want to settle down in a welcoming environment.

Ready to Pick the Manufactured Home of Your Dreams?

If you and your pet are ready to downsize and embrace the simplicity of manufactured home living, contact us at ECM Homes. We’re a proud dealer of Palm Harbor Homes, which means we offer high-quality, upscale homes that won’t destroy your budget.

Contact us today to discuss floor plan options and schedule your site visit. We can’t wait to help you get into your new home.