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Buying a Pet Friendly Home

Blog by Claire LeLacheur | September 16th, 2016

Buying a Pet Friendly Home


Buying a home inevitably comes with its challenges, but the hunt can be that bit more difficult when you have your furry friend to keep in mind. Whether you have a dog, a cat, or any other pet, it’s important that your new home is a suitable environment for them to live in. Here are a few things to look out for when buying a pet friendly home to make sure your companion feels as at home as you do.


Building requirements

If you’re buying a condo or a property in a building that’s run by an association, there’s a good chance there may be laws in place regarding a pet friendly home. Associations like the Strata council can often be strict when it comes to animals, so don’t forget to ask about the pet by-laws when looking into a property. Read the fine print issued by the association and don’t be tempted to sneak your animal into your home, as this could land you with hefty fines and some very unhappy neighbours.



Think about the size of your animal and whether the homes you’re looking at are suitable for them to live in. Consider the space and layout and whether the property you’re looking at will be spacious enough to house your pet. If the property has a yard, think about whether you could create a fenced area for your pet, or if you’re looking at a condo, whether there will be space for your dog to have a bed and a small sleeping area. Space is important in a pet friendly home.


Access to the outdoors

Especially if you have a dog, access to the outdoors is crucial. If you’re going to be leaving your pet at home all day, a house with a yard may be more suitable as your pet can go outside to do their business and they won’t go crazy inside the house. If you’re looking at condos, you’ll have to take your pet outside more frequently so you need to make sure this would fit your daily schedule.


Local facilities

Consider the local area and pet facilities that you may need to make use of. If the nearest dog-friendly park is a 30-minute walk away, maybe the property isn’t in the best pet friendly home for your dog. If you rely on a dog-walker to walk your pet, consider where the local dog-walkers are based and factor this into your decision.


When buying a pet friendly home there’s more to consider than you think! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today if you need help finding the perfect home for you.

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