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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Westfield

If you own a four-legged friend or are thinking about getting one in the near future, you’ll want to find a pet-friendly apartment in Westfield.  However, “pet-friendly” can be unclear. Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” doesn’t share the same meaning from community to community. Some pet-friendly communities may actually allow you to own a dog or cat, but place limits on the breed or size. Other Westfield apartments might even offer 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 criteria should you use to locate one that fits you and your pet?

Start Off By Reading Over The Community’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A community is only as pet-friendly as its pet policy. The policy outlines the guidelines you must follow when renting with a pet. Some pet policies give great flexibility and let you keep any pet you’d like. Some have restrictions on different types of dog breeds. Others might place limits on the size and number of pets. And then some policies prohibit dogs completely and only permit indoor cats or small caged animals.

Very few apartments place limits on the types of cat breeds permitted. More common is a policy that restricts how many pets are authorized in a single household. There also might be increased fees connected to your animals, like more expensive monthly rent or cleaning costs after move-out, or a non-returnable pet deposit due at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of stipulations doesn’t automatically mean that the complex isn’t friendly to animals—just as long as you and your pet fit within the guidelines. But if you own a pet such as an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Great Dane, or are fostering a whole lot of kittens, you should carefully review the pet policy before you fall in love with the complex.

Take A Look At The Available Pet Amenities During Your Tour

Picture of dog park in our Westfield apartment community

Just as you would investigate the pool on your tour, be sure to take a look at the pet amenities. Dedicated dog parks help your pup burn off excess energy and give you a place where they can socialize. Stations with waste disposal bags, trash cans, and communal water bowls help keep the community clean. Some apartments even set up organized pet playdates or discounts on grooming for residents!

Even though these accommodations for pets seem perfect on paper, the actual test of their pet-friendliness is how carefully they’re kept up. If the area for dogs to play hasn’t been mowed and is covered in trash, then it’s basically useless. Pet-friendly properties ensure that dog poop bags are consistently available and that the cans are emptied regularly. When you set up your tour of the property in Westfield, be sure to note whether the amenities for pets have the same care as the accommodations for humans.

Take A Look At Multiple Reviews To Learn More About Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you can’t decide whether a community is friendly to pets or not, make sure to explore the reviews on the Westfield apartment complex. Many apartment dwellers consider their fur-babies as a significant part of their family and have no problem sharing their personal experiences of living in a particular community. You might learn that maintenance comes prepared with treats to give out when entering your apartment for a service call. Or that the complex’s office organizes a pet adoption event with the local humane society. You most likely can place those in the pet-friendly column.

Apartment reviews will also tell you of the complexes that will not return security deposits at move-out due to costs associated with pet cleaning, or those who charge exorbitant monthly fees for dogs and cats. Try not to let one single unfavorable review change your mind, but if you note a whole slew of disgruntled pet owners, then you may think about looking at another apartment.

Union Street Flats Can Be Your New Place In Westfield For Both You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re researching a pet-friendly apartment in Westfield, make sure you check out Union Street Flats. We’re happy to show you the apartment where you and your pet can call home. Contact us at 317-942-3629 or select the schedule a tour button.  We also offer virtual tours available! If you can’t make it to the property, explore our detailed virtual tours.

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