Your pet means everything to you and you want to make sure your upcoming move to a new apartment home is successful and fulfills the needs of you and your pet. For this reason, an apartment search and evaluation should be a top priority during your new home selection. Here are some recommendations that you can use to make sure you find the best pet-friendly apartment for your new home.
Evaluate Pet Regulations
One of the first things you can check into with a new apartment in your search is the rules and recommendations regarding pets. First off, make sure the property allows pets and that the type of pet you will bring with you is not prohibited.
Some types of dog breeds, for example, such as Dobermans, are considered a liability to other residents and are restricted from residing there. Not all apartments may restrict specific dog breeds, so do some research and check around if you own a pet breed that comes with some rental limitations. Find out if there is a pet weight limit or if you can have snakes, scorpions, or other types of less-common pets. For example, find out if you can have a fish aquarium in the apartment if you have saltwater fish and want to bring them with you.
You will additionally need to check into current pet fees, pet rent, or a pet deposit that you will be responsible for paying. You will usually need to have a pet deposit or cleaning fee paid in advance before you can move into your new place.
Consider Free Space
In addition to the apartment's interior features and regulations, it is also important to look at the spaces in and around the apartment that will contribute to your pet's well-being. If you own a dog, for example, a small apartment may not provide your dog with all of the exercise and activity levels that it will need for a happy and healthy life. Dogs can be quite active animals and need to get exercise and playtime. And if an apartment does not have this indoor space with, for example, a small living area, there is no place for you to toss a ball or play tug-of-war with a rope toy.
Therefore, it is a good idea to look at the apartment community and its outdoor common areas to see if there is a place to take your dog on a walk around the community. Is there a dog park on the property or is there a pet park nearby or down the street where you can take your dog regularly? Make sure your dog's health and wellness will be considered in addition to the shelter and protection an apartment home will provide to them.
For more information, look into pet-friendly apartment rentals near you.