Home Buying with Pets in Vancouver
We all know Vancouverites love pets; some people will openly admit that they treat their pets like children and sometimes even better.
So when a Vancouver pet lover turns into a Vancouver home buyer, look out. Like parents who research the best school districts when considering neighborhoods in which to shop for a home, home buyers with pets have specific requirements too and it’s important your little one is well received in your new Vancouver home.
Here are some tips for pet owners who are looking to buy a home:
1-Check City Permit Regulation
Every city has its own rules regarding pets and permit requirements it’s important to check and understand those regulations.
2-If buying a Condo read the Building Documents carefully!
Not every building in Vancouver allows pets. If the strata permits pets, most likely the bylaws will address restrictions on numbers, types, sizes, heights, noise factors and whether pets are allowed to freely roam the premises.
Many buildings in Vancouver strictly enforce their bylaws. Don't fall into the trap of thinking the bylaws won't apply to you because they are silly restrictions or that the building Strata won't enforce its own rules. Many building stratas carry severe penalties for those who violate their bylaw or regulations.
3-Consider the Home's Features
Vancouver pet owners sometimes have special requirements. A buyer may be adamant that she would not buy a home with carpeting. She wanted a home for her Schnauzer with wood or ceramic floors throughout and did not want to deal with ripping up carpeting. Another first-time home buyer adopted a cat who ate fabric, so the home could not have drapes covering any of the windows.
Perhaps an outdoor faucet is important for bathing your dog? If so, check to make sure the home has exterior faucets; it's an easy thing to overlook. Make a list of your desired preferences before going home shopping to find the right home.
4-Examine the Home's Layout
Aging pets might have trouble climbing stairs, so for some home buyers with senior pets, a single-story home is ideal. Cats like windows, and those with window ledges or low to the ground are preferred by felines. Is there a playroom for your pets? Plenty of closet space for storing pet supplies? Your cat will appreciate a private place for a litter box, and you may prefer to keep the cat box out of sight.
Pets love to run and chase each other in circles -- will your home allow a race around the house? If you keep your pets confined to certain rooms, is the layout conducive to that arrangement? It can be expensive to pay for a pet-friendly home remodel.
5-Just like any other Vancouver home location location , location ! Inspect Street Traffic
Sometimes, even the most well behaved dogs bolt when the front door is opened. Cats are inquisitive, and a curious cat can find a way to push open a screen door to get outside. In an unfamiliar surroundings, pets can dart into the street. To prevent tragedy, it's better to pass on buying a home that is located on or near a busy thoroughfare.
6-Ask About Previous Pets in House
If the seller is selling a home where pets live, check for pet damage, especially under rugs. Look at the backs of doors for scratches or gouges. Ask about pet accidents. Inquire about fleas in the house.Pet odors are almost impossible to eliminate from a home but might not be noticeable to you, so bring along a friend who does not own a pet to act as your official sniffer. Cats, especially, mark territory; and if you own a cat, you don't want the process of improper elimination to repeat itself.
7-Find Out if the Neighborhood is Pet Friendly
Drive around the area to see if you can spot neighbors outside walking their dogs or notice cats sleeping in sunny windows. Look for community-placed receptacles for waste deposits. Consider whether you would prefer an area where dogs are on leashes and the owners carry plastic bags, or a community where dogs run free, chasing cars, while the pet owner, say, staggers behind, slurping from a can of beer?
8-Locate Pet Services
If you are buying a home in a new area, ask your agent and the neighbors for referrals to pet vendors. For example, where can you find the best:
•Pet food store
•Doggie day care center
9) Search for Local Dog Park
A great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends is at the local dog park. Here are few questions to ask about the dog park:
•Will you be expected to keep your dog on a leash?
•Are dogs encouraged to play with one another and socialize?
•Who maintains the park?
•Does the park provide stations and containers for picking up after your dog?
•Are you restricted from going to the park during certain hours of the day?
•Can you hear dogs barking at the park from your new home?
10) Is the Yard Fenced?
If the yard does not have a fence, and you want to provide a safe play area for your pets, find out how much it will cost to construct your own fence. If the home has an existing fence, make sure it is gated, the gate latches, and the fence is high enough so your dog can't jump over it. Inspect for loose fence boards that may need to be replaced.