Pets and buying a condo or selling a home:
Check whether pets are welcome before making an offer on a condo. They’re definitely not welcome on the scene when it comes time to sell your home.
I’m looking to buy a condo, but I have two dogs. I know that many condos don’t allow pets. How can I make sure I find a place that’s a good fit?
Mixing pets and urban living can be a challenge. But in the right condo you can make sure your furry friends are welcome, happy and comfortable.
As you’ve noted, it’s important to make sure you can live with the condo’s rules regarding pets before you make an offer.
Since you’ve got dogs, there’s no point in considering properties that won’t allow Spot and Rover to come along. In fact, many condos that do allow pets have limits on how many you can have, or their size.
That’s why it’s important to talk to your real estate representative about what you’re looking for in a property. Your agent can make sure the places you are shown will meet your needs and may even have special pet-friendly amenities. Some condos have “pet spas” where owners can groom their dogs without using their bathtub, while others may be close to a designated off-leash park that will allow your dogs to run around freely.
When you do find a condo you’re interested in, consider making your offer conditional on a review of the status certificate. The condominium’s status certificate will detail the bylaws you’ll be required to follow, so it’s critical to give this a thorough review before you buy. It’s worth taking the time to make sure you can live with all the rules of that condo because getting them changed isn’t easy and breaking the rules can be costly.
The status certificate will also detail the financial records of the condo corporation, the common-element fees you will have to pay, the utilities you’ll be responsible for, the parking arrangement and more. Think of it as a snapshot of the financial state of the condo corporation and the physical condition of the condo building.
I also recommend that you have your broker or salesperson, and your lawyer, review the status certificate with you before waiving the condition and making your offer firm. To learn more about buying a condo, visit the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Condo Guide.
When it comes to selling your home, a lot of people focus on making the property attractive. And it’s true that keeping it clean and free of clutter is a good idea.
Similarly, pets can bring unwanted odours and shedding fur that could put off would-be buyers.
But, there’s another angle you should also consider. When you’re selling your home, you’re opening up your property to strangers. This is especially true when you’re hosting an open house.
It’s a security risk, which is why I always tell sellers to take basic security precautions like removing and securing valuable items. The safety and security of your pet is also a concern. Would your cat be comfortable with all those strangers wandering around the house? I know mine would not be.
Is there a chance the cat will get outside as potential buyers are coming and going? If your cat is like mine, they are escape artists and have to be watched carefully. Ultimately, a brief stay with friends or family may be a good idea.
Source: thestar.com (dec. 2014)