This is a question I recently received…

Hi Tom! My husband and I are about to move into our new house, which we have spent a lot of time and money remodeling. We have a dog that is trained to use a doggy door to go outside. At our new house, we plan to install the door at the rear-end of the house, (right by our nice new kitchen). The question is, is it better to install the dog door in the back door itself or is it best to install it in the wall? We don't want the nice new door we bought to look tacky, but the wall will be costly to patch if the next buyer doesn't want the dog door. What is your opinion on this? Wall or door?

Thanks so much! RB, Sunnyvale


I have to admit, I haven’t had to field a question like this before. To me this is a quality of life question for both you and your dog. I would recommend you place the doggie door in a place which works best for both of you now. Down the road when you want to sell it’s very easy to replace a door or patch the wall. Who knows the next owner may be a dog lover and think the doggie door is an asset.

AboutTom Stynes is the Managing Broker and Founder of StynesGroup Inc. and a Broker Associate with Keller Williams® Realty based out of Cupertino, California and deals with real estate in the Silicon Valley, Santa Clara county and surrounding areas. With over two decades of experience under his belt, he is a true professional. Tom’s number one goal is assuring his client’s needs are not just met, but exceeded. He heads StynesGroup, a team of professional REALTORS and brokers who work together to provide their clients the best, smoothest real estate transaction every time.