How to Find Pet Friendly Housing
Pets are a huge part of many of our families. That means they have become an integral part of the home-buying process. Nobody wants to land on that perfect condominium unit only to find they don’t accept pets or have restrictions. At Patrick Dearborn Real Estate our team is here to help your WHOLE family find the perfect accommodations. Having a pet should not be a hindrance when it comes to find a new place. Below we will list a few of our tips for current and future home buyers looking for pet-friendly housing.
It’s never a good idea to move to a new city without already having your new place picked out. It is better to have your accommodations set up in advance, especially if you plan to bring a pet. It wouldn’t be wise to travel around a new city looking for housing and finding there are no available options that allow your pet. Contact a realtor in your new city before you head out there. It may be a good idea to have them draw up a few pet-friendly places and to visit the area for a few days to check them out.
Make it a Priority
Make your pet a priority. Before you start touring place after place, it’s a good idea to weed out the ones that don’t allow pets. Then start heading out to those that allow them, or that might have a few restrictions. You don’t want to waste your time on places not fit for your pet.
Try to persuade
Don’t waste time trying to persuade a community that has a no pet policy. Instead focus on those that may have a restrictive pet policy. Many condominiums and apartments will have weight and breed restrictions. If you prove you are a responsible pet owner (especially using a reference like we suggest next), you may succeed at getting into that community with your pet.
If you have previously lived in an apartment or condominium, ask them to write up a letter of reference which attests to your pet caring responsibility. This testimonial (or a quick phone call to your previous landlord) will show the new community that you can be trusted with having a pet on the premises.
If your new potential community has a restriction on not allowing pets over 20lbs and your pet is 35lbs, you may want to set up a pet interview. This is a great chance for those in charge of the community to see how well behaved your pet is and that they will not be a problem. Insist on doing this interview, it will show you really want to live in that community and that you feel your pet can behave properly.
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