For oh, so many condominium buyers, their pets are part of the family. That’s why it is important to ask about pet policies in the condos you are considering. There are several things to think about, beginning with whether the condo allows pets, and what restrictions there may be on the animals. Some, for example, place an upper limit on poundage for dogs. This decision is driven by the condominium board wanting to avoid potential problems in elevators, etc., with large dogs, which is understandable.

Think about your day-to-day life with your pet, too. Is there a park close by for walking? Can you access it easily from the building? You should also ask about any pet-friendly facilities that might be right in the condo. We often see developers including dog runs, pet grooming rooms and mud rooms so you can clean off paws after walks. This saves a lot on carpet wear and tear, not to mention the flooring and furnishings in your own suite.

If you are moving from a larger home into a condo, do some research on easing your pet into more compact surroundings. You want to move in with comfort and confidence that everyone in the family makes a positive transition. So if your Saint Bernard is your “baby,” make sure she will be welcome in a new condo before you sign on the dotted line!