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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Westfield

If you own a four-legged friend or are looking to get one in the near future, you’ll want to find a pet-friendly apartment in Westfield.  Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” can be a bit fuzzy. However, the term “pet-friendly” doesn’t share the same meaning from property to property. Some pet-friendly communities may really mean that you can own a a pet, but place restrictions on breed or size. Some other Westfield apartment communities have additional accommodations for your pet such as designated dog parks or complimentary waste disposal bags.

With such dramatic differences in pet-friendly apartments in Westfield, what things should you look at to find one that perfectly fits your needs?

Start Off By Looking At The Apartment’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

An apartment is only as welcoming to dogs and cats as the pet policy. The pet policy goes over the rules and restrictions when renting with a pet. Some policies are open-ended and permit you to keep any pet you want. Some place restrictions on dog breeds. Others may place limits on the number of pets, size or weight. And then some pet policies forbid dogs altogether and only allow you to have cats or small animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs.

Few apartments limit the types of cat breeds allowed. A policy that places limits on how many pets are permitted in one apartment is much more likely. There also may be extra charges connected to having a pet, like higher monthly rent or cleaning costs when you and your pet move out, or a pet deposit you have to pay at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of stipulations doesn’t mean that the community isn’t “pet-friendly”—as long as you and your pet fit the parameters. However, if you own an animal such as an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are fostering a whole lot of kittens, you should definitely check the pet policy before falling in love with a particular property.

Take A Look At The Pet Amenities During Your In-Person Tour

Picture of dog park in our Westfield apartment community

Just like you’d inspect the gym and pool on your in-person tour, be sure to take a look at the pet amenities. Dedicated places for your dog to play give your pup the chance to get out some energy and give you a place where they can socialize. Frequent walking stations with disposal bags, trash cans, and communal water bowls help keep the community clean. Some complexes even have pet playdates or discounts on grooming for their four-legged residents!

Although these amenities for pets look great on paper, the true test of their friendliness to pets is just how carefully they’re maintained. If the area for dogs to play is overflowing with weeds or brambles, then it’s basically unusable. Pet-friendly complexes ensure that dog poop bags are regularly in stock and that the cans aren’t overflowing. Basically, when you arrange your tour of the complex in Westfield, be sure to notice whether the pet amenities are maintained as carefully as the accommodations for humans.

Read Multiple Reviews To Discover Pet-Friendly Attitudes

If you can’t determine whether a complex is friendly to pets or not, check out reviews on the Westfield apartment complex. Many apartment residents see their dogs or cats as an integral part of their family and have no problem relating their personal experiences of living in a particular community. You may find out that maintenance comes prepared with treats to give out when making a service call to your apartment. Or that the front office hosts an adoption day with the humane society. You most likely can chalk those up in the pet-friendly column.

Reviews will also tell you of the communities that refuse to refund security deposits due to costs associated with pet cleaning, or the ones who impose exorbitant rent for pets. Just don’t let one single unflattering review sway you, but if you note a whole slew of disgruntled dog or cat owners, then you might want to look at another apartment.

Harmony Apartment Homes Would Be A Great New Place In Westfield For Both You And Your Pet

When you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment in Westfield, make sure you consider Harmony Apartment Homes. We’d love to let you tour the place where both you and your pet can call home. Just call at (317) 795-0224 or select the button below to schedule a tour.  We also have detailed virtual tours! If you can’t visit the property, explore our virtual tours.

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