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3 Tips for Renting With a Pet

September 1st, 2017

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Living in an apartment with a pet is not only possible, but a lot of fun, given a little foresight and planning.

Of course, the first step is finding an apartment home that is openly and honestly pet-friendly. Choosing to hide your pet from a landlord who doesn’t allow pets is a terrible idea that can get you evicted immediately. When you search “apartments for rent,” look for places that are clear about their willingness to accommodate pets.

Once you find the right pet-friendly location, you might want to consider these three tips for renting with a pet:

Be Realistic With Your Budget

From upfront costs to monthly and one-time expenses, owning a pet can be quite  expensive. For many people, that money is well worth the benefits — companionship, protection and much more. Still, if you want to own a pet, you should make sure you are familiar with the associated costs and how they will fit within your budget.

Standard costs include food, leashes and collars, grooming tools, and house supplies such as a bed. Many pet expenses are less obvious, such as, though. For instance, some renters charge pet fees, deposits or extra rent. Also, many people don’t take into account yearly or intermittent costs such as visits to the veterinarian.

Keeping a well-organized list of expected expenses is vital, and so is factoring that list into your personal budget.

Be Prudent About Your Choice of Pet

Not every pet in the world is meant to live in an apartment — and that goes for dogs, too. Some breeds in particular are too big, energetic or loud for apartment living. Others are simply too difficult to house-break.

Of course, there are exceptions and unique individual dogs within every breed. That said, the main point is clear: Make sure you know the intricacies of your pet before choosing an apartment — or understand the nuances of your apartment before selecting a four-legged friend.

Be Mindful of Your Neighbors

There are many things to consider when owning a pet, and one is the health, well-being and comfort of the neighbors all around you.

Here are a few important questions to ask:

– Are any of your nearby neighbors allergic to certain types of animals?

– Does your pet ever bite?

– Is your pet up to date on vaccinations?

For dog owners, one of the most important ways keep your neighbors happy is to always clean up after your dog in common areas. Being vigilant about keeping your dog on a leash is always appreciated, too.

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