- 1 1. Is There A Limit To The Number or Size of Pets?
- 2 2. Is the Apartment Big Enough for Your Pets?
- 3 3. What is the Neighborhood Like?
- 4 4. Do They Offer Special Pet Amenities?
- 5 5. What Kind of Outdoor Amenities Do They Offer?
- 6 6. Do They Have a Pet Interview?
- 7 7. What Are Their Pet Policies?
- 8 Conclusion
Reviewing these seven questions will help you in your hunt for a pet-friendly apartment.
It can be a challenge to rent an apartment when you own a pet.
Not only is it hard to find apartments that accept pets, but it can also be difficult to find one that offers amenities for your pet.
There is a big difference between apartments that are pet friendly and apartments that allow pets.
What you really want for your lovable little friend is an apartment where they can feel welcome.
1. Is There A Limit To The Number or Size of Pets?
Just as you would search for an apartment to accommodate the size of your family, you should do the same for your pets.
Is the place big enough for the number and size of your pets?
If you have a Great Dane and the apartment has a 100-pound weight limit, that apartment obviously isn’t for you.
And if you have three cute little Corgis, but the apartment only allows two pets per family, would you even consider getting rid of one of them?
I don’t think so.
Clearly, the first step to finding a pet-friendly apartment is to consider the landlord’s rules.
If they don’t accommodate all of your pets, keep looking.
2. Is the Apartment Big Enough for Your Pets?
Let’s face it:
Before you move into a place, you have to make sure it’s big enough for the both of you.
Is Your Pet Large?
If your pet sprawls out in the living room, will they take up the entire floor?
Will you have to step over them to get out the door?
If so, you may want to reconsider your apartment choice.
A Chihuahua won’t need nearly as much room as a Golden Retriever.
Two pets will need more space than just one.
The floor plan of your new apartment should be big enough to allow room for your pet’s comfort as well as your own.
Is There Sufficient Storage for Your Pet Supplies?
Just as pets require space, their stuff needs space too.
You need a spot to organize their food, carrier, leash, meds, and more.
If you have a big dog, they can easily go through 20 pounds of food in a week.
Where will you keep that big bag?
It can be an eyesore, so having some extra room in your closet would be optimal.
3. What is the Neighborhood Like?
If you’re a parent, you’d probably consider the quality of the neighborhood before buying a home.
As a pet parent, you should do the same.
A pet-friendly neighborhood is easy to spot.
The easiest way to tell is to look around (or listen) for dogs.
The more dog owners around, the more friendly the neighborhood will be to animals.
Are There Pet Parks Nearby?
Living in an apartment can make your furry friend a bit stir crazy at times.
But, having a pet park nearby gives you a place to bring them to play.
Check the neighborhood around your prospective apartment to see what kind of play areas are offered for your energetic pets.
Is the Neighborhood Safe?
Any dog owner is also a dog walker.
Therefore, you should move to a place where it’s safe to walk your dog, even at night.
Is the road lined with sidewalks?
Are there plenty of street lights to illuminate your path?
What is the speed limit on the road directly in front of your apartment?
The answer to these questions can help you determine the safety of your neighborhood.
Are There Pet Services Nearby?
Your life will be more convenient with pet services nearby.
After all, you won’t have to drive long distances to see a vet or dog groomer.
Take a quick look at the businesses in the neighborhood to see what kind of pet services they offer.
Look for pet supply stores, grooming services, doggie daycares, and the like.
If the closest pet store is three towns over, it may not be the best home for you.
4. Do They Offer Special Pet Amenities?
Some apartment complexes aren’t just pet-friendly, they’re made for families with pets,
If you are lucky enough to find an apartment that offers these exclusive accommodations, I’d say you’ve found your dream apartment:
It can be heart-wrenching to leave your pet at home for eight hours a day while you are at work.
They give you those puppy dog eyes every time that just tug at your heartstrings.
To give these pets a happier time while you are away, many apartments offer doggie daycare for a fee.
They hire qualified individuals to care for your dog while you’re out.
Some apartments even offer pet spas, saving you the time and money of going to the groomer.
Having this in your complex will make you more inclined to keep your four-legged friend looking (and smelling) their best!
Even if you enjoy walking your dog, there may be times when it’s impossible to do so.
Having walking services at your apartment complex can set your mind at ease during these times.
Whether you are sick, swamped with work, or you just don’t want to go out in the cold, you’ll feel good knowing your pet still gets their exercise.
5. What Kind of Outdoor Amenities Do They Offer?
The design of the apartment property is important, as well.
Is this a good area for your pet to exercise and explore?
Here are a couple of things to look for when scoping out apartments:
If you see signs that tell you to stay off the grass everywhere you look, you will find it hard to keep a pet in that apartment complex.
Pet-friendly apartments dedicate outdoor space for potty breaks for your pet.
These potty spaces will have baggie posts to help with cleanup and will be spaced out throughout the apartment complex.
Even if it’s only a small fenced-in area, having an on-site dog run is good.
The ability to run free or play fetch in a safe environment allows your pet to let out their excess energy.
It will also save you the time of having to travel to the dog park every day.
6. Do They Have a Pet Interview?
A pet interview may seem silly.
But, including this in their application process actually proves that the apartment takes their pets seriously.
Many apartment complexes simply require a pet deposit and don’t take into account what type of pet is moving in.
This could subject your pet to other unfriendly pets that could cause them harm.
A thorough pet interview is a good thing to look for.
7. What Are Their Pet Policies?
Some apartments may seem pet friendly, but you have to investigate their policies to figure out if they actually are.
Pet fees are fairly common.
On top of that, you may also have to pay an added security deposit to protect against pet-related damage.
If this number seems excessive, you should look for a more affordable place to rent.
Most apartment complexes have a list of pet rules.
If these rules make you uncomfortable, look for a place with more relaxed policies.
Make sure you read through the pet policy thoroughly and ask any questions you have before signing your contract.
Finding the perfect apartment is hard enough by itself.
But when a pet enters the picture, it becomes much more difficult.
Luckily, there are plenty of pet-friendly apartments out there.
It may take you some time to find the perfect one, but your diligent search will result in finding a home both you and your pet will love.
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Hawthorne SLC to help them with their marketing efforts.