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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Carmel

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you have a pet or are looking to get one in the near future, you’re going to need to locate a pet-friendly apartment in Carmel.  However, the term “pet-friendly” can seem a bit fuzzy. However, “pet-friendly” doesn’t necessarily have a concrete definition. Some pet-friendly properties might really allow you to have a pet, but only with limits on the breed or size. While other Carmel apartment communities may even have thoughtful amenities for your pet like designated dog parks or complimentary waste disposal bags.

With such a difference in pet-friendly apartments in Carmel, how do you discover one that fits your needs?

Start By Reviewing The Complex’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

An apartment is only as friendly to pets as its pet policy. The pet policy details what restrictions you have when renting with a pet. Some policies are open-ended and let you keep any pet you’d like. Some have restrictions on dog breeds. Others might limit the number of pets, size or weight. And some other pet policies forbid dogs entirely and only let you have indoor cats or small animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs.

Very few apartments have restrictions on the types of cat breeds allowed. A policy that has limits on just how many animals are authorized in a single household is much more common. There also may be additional charges associated with having a pet, like higher monthly rent or costs for cleaning after move-out, or a non-refundable pet deposit you have to pay when you move in.

An elaborate pet policy doesn’t mean that the community isn’t “pet-friendly”—as long as you fit within the guidelines. But if you have an animal like a Great Dane, or are fostering a whole bunch of playful kittens, you should take a look at the pet policy before getting invested in the complex.

Check The Pet Amenities On Your Tour

Picture of dog park in our Carmel apartment community

Just as you would investigate the gym on your in-person tour, be sure to take a look at the pet amenities. Dedicated areas for your dog to play help your pup get out some energy and give you a place where they can socialize. Walking stations with bags for waste disposal, trash cans, and communal water bowls keep the community clean. Some communities even have pet playdates or discounts on grooming for residents!

While these amenities are wonderful on paper, the test of their friendliness to pets is just how carefully they are cared for. If the place for dogs to play is overflowing with weeds or brambles, then it’s pretty much unusable. Properties that welcome pets ensure that waste bags are always in stock and that the cans don’t overflow. Basically, when you arrange your tour of the complex in Carmel, make sure that the pet amenities are maintained as carefully as the accommodations for the human residents.

Take A Look At Multiple Reviews To Discover Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you are unsure whether an apartment is a good place for a pet or not, be sure to explore the reviews on the Carmel apartment community. Many apartment dwellers view their fur-babies as part of their family and have no problem relating their personal experiences of living in a particular community. You might find out that maintenance brings dog treats to give out when entering your apartment for a service call. Or that the front office organizes a pet adoption day with the local humane society. You most likely can place those in the pet-friendly category.

Apartment reviews will also reveal the properties that refuse to return security deposits at move-out because of pet cleaning, or the ones who impose an inordinate amount of monthly rent for dogs and cats. Just try not to let one unflattering opinion change your mind, but if you notice a lot of dissatisfied dog and cat owners, then you might think about looking at another apartment.

North Haven Apartments Can Be Your New Place In Carmel For Both You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re searching for a pet-friendly apartment in Carmel, make sure you check out North Haven Apartments. We’re happy to let you tour the perfect place where you and your pet can call home. Just give us a call at 317-350-1875 or click on the schedule a tour button.  We also offer virtual apartment tours! If you can’t visit the property, take a look at our virtual tours.