Pet Policies to Know Before Buying a Condo

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When you have a pet, buying a condo becomes complicated. Space, lifestyle and specific condo rules are important factors that you need to consider when looking for a condo to buy. Buying a condo also means that you are joining a community that is governed by its own set of rules, which you have to follow. Here are some things to know and procedures you need to follow if you want to buy and live in a condo with your pet.

1.  Know the condo by-laws about pets – Some condo buildings allow pets, some are pet-friendly while others have a lot of animal restrictions in the building. When looking for your new home, make sure to discuss your pet with your condo realtor. They should be able to filter out condos that do not allow pets or your kind of pet. Smaller and movement-controlled pets like fishes and birds are usually allowed in most condo buildings. Some buildings would allow smaller dogs, but not the bigger breeds. Exotic pets like snakes are often discouraged in condos.

2.  Indoor pets only – Living in a condo with your pet would need you to be able to totally manage your pet. Cats, fish and birds fare well in condos as they do not need much room to move around. Whereas, active dogs need larger spaces, dogs like to run and need a lot of outdoor time. Consider your pet’s needs and wellness before deciding on a home.    

3.  Keeping your pets happy – Some pets thrive in condos. Cats don’t need much space, easily contained inside and enjoy the views. Fishes and birds are mostly contented in their bowls and cages. Dogs can be happy living in condos too. For dog owners thinking of moving into condominium buildings, try to find one with dog parks and open areas nearby where you can take your dog for their much-needed exercise.

4.  Preparing your condo for your pet – Most condo units aren’t designed to accommodate pets. You will have to factor in additional expenses and time to prepare your new home for your pet. Building catwalks, installing cat condos and perches are great for your cats as vertical heights encourage exercise and play. You might need to install safety fences for open balconies, pet doors and other implements that will make your pet comfortable, happy and healthy.

5.  Living with your neighbours – Be mindful of the people around you. Go the extra mile to make sure that you and your pets are not intruding into their space. Manage the smell and noise. Always contain your pets with a leash or a cage when leaving your units. The lower floors are recommended for residents with dogs, so you can use the stairs when your dog’s last bath was a week ago or have just indulged in a muddy romp at the park.