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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Westfield

If you have a four-legged friend or are looking to bring one home in a couple of months, you are going to want to locate a pet-friendly apartment in Westfield.  Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” can actually be a bit misleading. However, “pet-friendly” doesn’t necessarily have a concrete definition. Some pet-friendly apartment complexes might really mean that you can own a a pet, but place limits on the breed or size. Some other Westfield apartment communities may even offer accommodations for your pet like designated parks for your dog to play or provided waste disposal bags.

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

Begin By Looking At The Apartment’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

An apartment is only as welcoming to pets as the pet policy. This policy goes over what restrictions you have when renting with a pet. Some policies offer great flexibility and let you have any pet. Some have restrictions on dog breeds. Others may limit how many pets you’re allowed, as well as how much they weigh. And then some pet policies ban dogs entirely and only permit cats or small animals such as hamsters.

Very few apartments have limits on the types of cat breeds allowed. A policy that places limits on how many pets are permitted in one apartment is usually more likely. There are often additional charges associated with your pets, like more expensive rent or costs for cleaning when you move out, or a non-refundable pet deposit due at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of stipulations doesn’t necessarily mean that the complex isn’t “pet-friendly”—as long as you and your pet fit the parameters. But if you have a pet such as an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are fostering a litter of tiny kittens, you should definitely review the policy before falling in love with a particular complex.

Check The Available Pet Amenities During Your In-Person Tour

Picture of dog park in our Westfield apartment community

Just as you’d inspect the pool on your tour, be sure to look at the accommodations for pets. Dedicated areas for your dog to play give your pooch the opportunity to run off some steam and make some new puppy buddies. Frequent walking stations with disposal bags, trash cans, and communal water bowls help maintain the community. Some properties even offer playdates or grooming discounts for residents!

While these amenities are perfect on paper, the actual measure of their pet-friendliness is how carefully they are maintained. If the area for dogs to play is overflowing with weeds or brambles, then it’s more or less useless. Complexes that welcome pets ensure that waste disposal bags are regularly available and that the cans don’t overflow. When you set up your tour of the complex in Westfield, be sure to note whether the accommodations for pets are maintained as well as the ones for the human residents.

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

If you can’t determine whether a property is a good place for a pet or not, explore the reviews on the Westfield apartment complex. Many people who live in apartments see their dogs or cats as a significant part of their family and like to share stories about their experiences. You may learn that maintenance comes prepared with doggie treats to give out when entering your apartment for a service call. Or that the front office sets up an adoption day with the local humane society. You most likely can chalk those up in the “friendly to pets” column.

Reviews will also tell you of the communities that won’t refund security deposits at move-out due to costs associated with pet cleaning, or the ones who impose an inordinate amount of monthly rent for dogs and cats. Just don’t let a single unfavorable opinion affect your decision, but if you notice a whole slew of irritated dog or cat owners, then you may want to look at another property.

Ashley Place Apartments Would Be A Great New Place In Westfield For You And Your Pet

When you’re searching for a pet-friendly apartment in Westfield, make sure to check out Ashley Place Apartments. We’re glad to to have you visit the perfect place where both you and your pet can call home. Just call at (317) 689-0173 or click the button below to schedule a tour.  We also have virtual tours available! If youare not able to come in for a visit, explore our detailed virtual tours.

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