Pet ownership is one of the fastest-growing household trends, and owners often forget about making provision for their 'fur-babies' when moving house or settling into their new home.
Homeowners need to be mindful that keeping pets is regulated by municipal bylaws. Most areas are dog- and cat-friendly.
Here are some guidelines to ensure your home is pet-friendly and your pets are not a nuisance to neighbours:
1. Size of the dog: It is important to remember that bigger dog breeds require more yard space. Small- and medium-sized breeds are usually fine for small yards and complexes, but a bigger dog will definitely need a bigger yard.
2. Responsible pet ownership: It is important to ensure that your pets are micro-chipped in case they get out of your property. Spaying your animals is another important aspect, which helps prevent roaming in some instances.
3. Noisy dogs, straying cats: These are some of the biggest concerns amongst neighbours, especially in sectional schemes
4. Check the complex rules: Even pet-friendly complexes still have rules of conduct. Be sure to check these in addition to obtaining permission for your pet/s
5. Pet-friendly house rules: There are many innovations for pet owners such pet doors to allow them easy access into and out of the home.
6. Buy in a pet-friendly complex and neighbourhood: If you are a pet lover, then ensure that you buy or rent in a pet-friendly neighbourhood.
7. Pet-friendly finishes and furnishings: Think of your finishes and furnishings if you intend on being a pet owner.
8. Show houses and pets: When you put your house on the market, remember to clean and air it out.
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