Tips for Apartment Hunting When You Have a Pet
When it comes to looking for a new apartment, there is probably already a long list of things that you need to consider. But what should be at the top of your list, are the needs of your four-legged friend. There may be a few challenges along the way, but when you are organized and know what you are looking for, it can make apartment hunting a much easier, and quicker process.
Here are some top tips for apartment hunting when you have a pet you are taking with you.
#1 Check the rules
The most important step is finding apartments that allow pets. Some apartments may clearly state in their advertisements that they allow pets or not. For those that do not, it is important to speak to the landlord or the agency you are liaising with, to find out if they are allowed or not. You should never take a risk and assume it is okay (or worse, ignore the no-pet rules and bring one in any way) as you may find yourself in breach of a contract and be penalized for it.
#2 Outside space
Sufficient outside space is vital for apartment hunting with pets. Of course, your own space such as a garden, balcony, or community space would be ideal, and in some cases, apartment complexes offer dog parks, but they are not always necessary. Take a look around the neighborhood and check for green spaces and parks that are nearby, so you know you can take your pet there regularly. If you have a larger pet or enjoy long walks, it is best to find a location with more open space.
#3 Crime rates
Although an unpleasant topic, it is an important factor to consider. Dog napping is on the rise in many areas around the world, and just as you would want to move to a safe place for your family, it is also important to consider the safety of your pet too.
The considerate thing to do is to ensure your pet is well trained, especially if you are moving to an apartment complex whereby you are close to others. You would only hope someone else would do it, so make sure your pet is well trained. If they are noisy, it may cause unwanted problems with your new neighbors. Remember that your pet could impact the value of the apartment for the landlord, so ensure that your pet is also toilet trained, and will not ruin the furnishings. This is important in any contract, especially if you have to negotiate with a landlord.
Check out the local area to make sure it is a pet-friendly location. Many towns and cities are becoming more pet friendly, with restaurants and bars opening their doors to pets. Just as you would consider doctors and dentist surgery for your family, it is also important to consider your proximity to a vet or animal hospital, incase of an emergency.
Your pet’s needs are just as important as your own. Make sure you take into consideration these important factors before signing any agreement.