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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Carmel

If you own a pet or are looking to get one in a couple of months, you’ll need to find a pet-friendly apartment in Carmel.  However, the “pet-friendly” term can be a bit misleading. However, the term “pet-friendly” doesn’t share the same meaning from property to property. Some pet-friendly apartments might actually give you the option to have a dog or cat, but only with limits on the breed or size. Some other Carmel apartment complexes may even have additional accommodations for your pet such as designated areas for your dog to play or provided waste disposal bags.

With such a difference in pet-friendly apartments in Carmel, what things should you look at to locate one that perfectly fits you and your pet?

Begin By Reading Over The Property’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A property is only as welcoming to dogs and cats as its pet policy. The policy details the guidelines you must follow in regard to pet ownership. Some policies give great flexibility and let you keep any pet you want. Some have restrictions on the types of dogs you can keep. Others may limit the size and number of pets. And some other policies prohibit dogs completely and only let you have indoor cats or small caged animals.

Few apartments place limits on cat breeds. More common is a pet policy that places limits on how many pets are allowed in a single household. There are often increased charges connected to your pets, like higher rent or costs for cleaning after move-out, or a non-refundable pet deposit you have to pay at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of conditions doesn’t mean that the complex isn’t friendly to pets—as long as you and your pet fit within the guidelines. However, if you own a dog like a Great Dane or an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are caring for a litter of newborn kittens, you should probably check the policy before signing the lease with the complex.

Inspect The Pet Amenities During Your Tour

Picture of dog park in our Carmel apartment community

Just as you’d investigate the gym on your apartment tour, make sure to look at the accommodations for pets. Designated dog parks help your pooch get out some energy and give you a place where they can socialize. Walking stations with disposal bags, garbage cans, and water bowls help keep the community clean. Some complexes even have organized pet playdates or grooming discounts for furry four-legged residents!

While these amenities are great on paper, the test of their pet-friendliness is just how well they are maintained. If the dog park is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s pretty much useless. Pet-friendly complexes make certain that waste disposal bags are consistently refilled and that the cans aren’t overflowing. Basically, when you schedule your tour of the community in Carmel, be sure to note whether the amenities for pets are maintained as carefully as the accommodations for humans.

Read Multiple Reviews To Discover Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you are unsure whether a community is pet-friendly or not, be sure to check out reviews on the Carmel apartment complex. Many apartment residents consider their dogs or cats as part of their family and like to share stories about their experiences. You may discover that the maintenance staff brings dog treats to hand out during service calls. Or that the front office organizes an adoption event with the humane society. You most likely can chalk those up in the pet-friendly column.

Apartment reviews will also be able to tell you of the complexes that refuse to refund deposits at move-out due to cleaning costs, or the ones who demand exorbitant fees for pets. Just don’t let one single negative review affect your decision, but if you notice a whole slew of angry dog or cat owners, then you might think about looking elsewhere.

Lakeside Apartments Would Be A Great New Home In Carmel For Both You And Your Pet

When you’re researching a pet-friendly apartment in Carmel, make sure to take a look at Lakeside Apartments. We’d love to to have you visit the place where you and your pet can call home. Just give us a call at 317-344-8491 or click the schedule a tour button below.  We also have detailed virtual tours! If youare not able to make it to the property, take a look at the virtual apartment tours.

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