Considerations Before Moving Somewhere with a Pet

When you have a pet you need to consider certain things when picking out a new place. These suggestions will help make the process easier and ensure you ask all the right questions.

Cat sleeping on bed


Does the Building Allow It?

Before moving, you need to find out if your landlord allows tenants to have pets. There are many reasons why pets might not be allowed. For instance, it could be that the insurance policy of the landlord does not cover dogs, or that the other tenants in the apartment are allergic to animals, or that the landlord does not want to deal with the wear-and-tear and cleaning issues related to having pets. Knowing the rules is important because you can be evicted if the landlord has a no-pet policy. Eviction in a situation like this could result in forfeiting your security deposit, and having an eviction on your credit report is never good.

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Size Restrictions

There can also be size restrictions for the type of pet you have. Many communities have a weight limit on pets around 25-50 lbs. This is very important to keep in mind if you have a particular breed that can grow to exceed that weight limit. If that adorable, pocket-sized puppy happens to be a Great Dane then you’re looking at a dog that could potentially reach up to 200 pounds when fully grown!


Animal/Breed Restrictions

Sometimes an apartment might allow pets, but only certain animals and breeds. Also, in some counties and states, there is breed-specific legislation regarding the types of pets that can be owned. Unfortunately, some breeds have a bad rap and even though your pit bull may be the sweetest goofball in the world, this stigma against them has created room for laws preventing residents from owning them.

Cute Pitbull


Extra Fee For Having A Pet

You should also find out if the landlord charges an extra fee for the privilege of having a pet in the apartment. It may be a monthly pet fee or a deposit paid in full upfront. You’ll also want to check if the pet deposit is refundable. Keep in mind is that pet ownership makes the risk of damage to the apartment higher. Paying fees should not be seen as double-charging, but as a way for the landlord to ensure damages will be paid for.

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Carpet vs. Hardwood

Whether the apartment is carpeted or has hardwood floors must also be considered. Pets can stain or damage carpet, but with the aide of puppy pads, a SpotBot, and carpet stain remover spray, you can be prepared. Hardwood can also be stained by pet urine, leaving a dark spot and a terrible smell in the wood. Even if you clean up quickly, urine may still seep into the wood. Removing the stains often requires stripping, sanding, and refinishing the floor. The good new is you can invest in area rugs to cut down on the wear and tear of any type of flooring.

For moving day itself, make sure your pet has an ID tag showing your name and mobile phone number just in case they get lost. Moving with a pet can be more difficult, but when they’re a part of the family it’s totally worth it.


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