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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Indianapolis

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you have a dog or cat or are looking to get one in the near future, you’ll want to find a pet-friendly apartment in Indianapolis.  Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” can actually be quite vague. Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” doesn’t share the same meaning from community to community. Some pet-friendly apartments might really give you the option to have a pet, but with breed or size restrictions. While other Indianapolis apartment communities have additional accommodations for your dog like designated dog parks or provided waste disposal bags.

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

Start Off By Reading Over The Apartment’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A community is only as pet-friendly as the apartment community’s pet policy. This policy outlines what restrictions you have concerning pet ownership. Some pet policies are open-ended and allow you to own any pet. Some place restrictions on the types of dogs you can keep. Others might place limits on the number of pets, size or weight. And some other pet policies forbid dogs completely and only allow you to have cats or small caged animals.

Few apartments place limits on the types of cat breeds allowed. It’s more common to have a policy that has restrictions on just how many animals are authorized in one household. There also might be increased fees associated with your pets, such as increased monthly rent or cleaning costs when you and your pet move out, or a pet deposit you have to pay at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of stipulations doesn’t mean that the community isn’t “pet-friendly”—provided you and your pet fit the parameters. But if you own a pet such as a Great Dane, or are fostering a litter of tiny kittens, you should check the policy before you fall in love with a particular community.

Inspect The Pet Amenities On Your Apartment Tour

Picture of dog park in our Indianapolis apartment community

Just like you would investigate the gym on your apartment tour, be sure to take a look at the amenities for pets. Designated dog parks give your doggie the opportunity to get out some energy and make new friends. Stations with bags for waste disposal, trash cans, and communal water bowls help maintain the community. Some communities even set up organized pet playdates or grooming discounts for furry four-legged residents!

Even though these amenities seem wonderful on paper, the actual measure of their friendliness to pets is how well they are maintained. If the area for dogs to play is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s pretty much useless. Communities that welcome pets make certain that waste bags are always in stock and that the cans aren’t overflowing. Basically, when you schedule your tour of the property in Indianapolis, make sure that the accommodations for pets are maintained as well as the accommodations for humans.

Read A Number of Reviews To See Pet-Friendly Attitudes

If you are unsure whether a community is friendly to pets or not, take a look at reviews on the Indianapolis apartment complex. Many apartment residents consider their fur-babies as an important part of the family and like to share stories about their experiences. You may discover that the maintenance staff brings doggie treats to pass out when entering your apartment for a service call. Or that the community’s office sets up a pet adoption day with the humane society. You probably can mark those down in the pet-friendly category.

Reviews will also reveal the complexes that will not refund deposits when you move out because of pet cleaning, or the ones who impose an inordinate amount of monthly fees for dogs and cats. Try not to let one unflattering review change your mind, but if you note a whole mob of disgruntled dog and cat owners, then you may consider looking at another community.

StoneBridge Luxury Apartment Homes Would Love To Make Our Property Your New Place In Indianapolis For You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re searching for a pet-friendly apartment in Indianapolis, be sure to take a look at StoneBridge Luxury Apartment Homes. We’d love to to have you visit the place where you and your pet can be comfortable. Just call at 317-743-2959 or select the button below to schedule a tour.  We also have virtual tours! If youare not able to make it to the property, check out our detailed virtual tours.