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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Carmel

If you have a four-legged friend or are looking to bring one home soon, you are going to want to locate a pet-friendly apartment in Carmel.  However, the “pet-friendly” term can seem a bit fuzzy. Unfortunately, the term “pet-friendly” doesn’t necessarily have a concrete definition. Some pet-friendly communities may really give you the option to have a a pet, but place limits on the breed or size. Some other Carmel apartment communities may even offer amenities for your dog like dedicated dog parks or provided waste disposal bags.

With such dramatic differences in pet-friendly apartments in Carmel, what criteria should you use to discover one that is perfect for you and your pet?

Start By Looking At The Property’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A community is only as friendly to pets as the pet policy. This policy outlines the rules and restrictions when renting with a pet. Some policies offer great flexibility and allow you to own any pet. Some have restrictions on different types of dog breeds. Others may put limitations on how many pets you’re allowed, as well as how much they weigh. And some other pet policies prohibit dogs altogether and only allow you to have cats or small caged animals.

Very few apartments place limits on the types of cat breeds allowed. It’s more common for a community to have a policy that has limits on just how many animals are permitted in one household. There also might be increased charges connected to having a pet, like increased monthly rent or costs for cleaning when you and your pet 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 automatically mean that the complex isn’t “pet-friendly”—provided you and your pet fit within the guidelines. However, if you have a pet such as an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Great Dane, or are fostering a litter of newborn kittens, you should definitely check out the pet policy before getting invested in a particular property.

Check The Available Pet Amenities During Your Apartment Tour

Picture of dog park in our Carmel apartment community

Just like you’d view the gym and pool on your apartment tour, make sure to look at the amenities for pets. Dedicated areas for your dog to play help your pooch get out some energy and give you a place where they can socialize. Walking stations with bags for waste disposal, trash cans, and water bowls keep the community clean. Some apartments even set up organized pet playdates or discounts on grooming for their four-legged residents!

While these amenities for pets seem great on paper, the actual measure of their friendliness to pets is how well they’re maintained. If the area for dogs to play is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s pretty much useless. Pet-friendly complexes make certain that dog poop bags are always refilled and that the trash cans are emptied regularly. When you set up your tour of the complex in Carmel, make sure that the accommodations for pets are maintained as well as the ones for the humans.

Read Reviews To See Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you are unsure whether a complex is a good place for a pet or not, make sure to explore the reviews on the Carmel apartment. Many apartment residents see their pets as an integral part of their family and have no problem sharing the good and the bad of living in a particular community. You may find out that maintenance carries doggie treats to pass out during service calls. Or that the front office sets up an adoption event with the humane society. You most likely can place those in the “friendly to pets” column.

These reviews will also tell you of the properties that will not refund deposits at 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 single unflattering opinion change your mind, but if you notice a trend of irritated pet owners, then you might want to look at another community.

Highpointe on Meridian Apartments Can Be Your New Place In Carmel For You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re researching a pet-friendly apartment in Carmel, make sure you take a look at Highpointe on Meridian Apartments. We’d love to show you the perfect place where you and your cat or dog can be comfortable. Just call at 317-342-0670 or click the schedule a tour button.  We also offer virtual tours! If you can’t visit the property, explore our detailed virtual tours.

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