Picking up and moving your life and all your stuff from one location to another is always difficult. It’s very rarely an easy experience. You not only have to find the perfect place for yourself and our family, but you also have to find an apartment willing to accept pets. This can often create problems. But your cat, dog, or other furry little friend is part of the family. You aren’t going to leave this majestic and loving creature behind, right? Absolutely not. You’d never do something like that.
It should be easier to find pet-friendly places in bigger cities. It makes sense because there are more available options. So consider moving to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, or Dallas neighborhoods when seeking pet-friendly accommodations. And if that’s not possible, please consider the rest of the tips we’ve shared below to help make it happen:
Use the Internet to Your Advantage
The beauty of the internet is it lets you access a wide variety of rental options quickly. And even better, the sophisticated apps and programs on the web make it easier than ever to search using specific parameters. So you should have little difficulty discovering pet friendly places on the World Wide Web.
As an example, certain websites dedicated to real estate and apartment hunting already have this feature built in. So, when you visit a site like Trulia, Craigslist, Zillow, StreetEasy, or Apartments.com, you can simply check a box and the search engine will discover all of the available pet friendly apartments in the vicinity of your specific parameters.
Guess what? This search feature alone will make it much simpler to find a great place for you, your family, and your four-legged friend. No one needs to get left behind ever again. You’ll find the perfect place right when you need it the most.
Call Private Landlords to Find Out Their Policies
Instead of contacting rental agencies or property managers when looking for a new apartment, you should focus on dealing with private landlords as a much better alternative. Why? Private landlords are often more lenient and a lot easier to convince when it’s time to ask if you can let pets move in to a new place.
Believe it or not, private landlords often like pets, so you can speak to them and talk them into letting your pet move in with you. Tell them a heartwarming story about your favorite furry little friend and they will melt like M&Ms in the palm of your hand.
Even better, if a private landlord is having a tough time renting their apartment they are usually willing to be more lenient and take pets along for the ride. This is especially true if you are a good candidate in every other way and you have good credit, an excellent paying job, a long work history, and a long history of paying your rent on time.
Offer to Pay a Larger Security Deposit
No matter what, money is always going to get someone’s attention. This is especially true if you’re dealing with a property manager, rental agency, or a private landlord. If you dangle a larger security deposit in front of their face, they will be a lot more eager to rent you an apartment even though you have one or more pets.
Why? Well, if you put a larger security deposit down, they know they’ll have additional money available to fix things if your pet accidentally or intentionally breaks something.
Remember, cats and dogs have a tendency of scratching rugs and furniture, peeing and pooping all over the place, and ultimately just being pets. And when you have pets, things get broken and sometimes things need to get replaced.
So instead of walking away as soon as a landlord rejects you, offer to put up a much larger security deposit as an alternative. Better yet, offer to pay the landlord extra money each month to cover any of the additional costs that your pet might incur over the long run.
Sometimes it seems incredibly difficult to find an apartment for you, your loved ones, and your beloved pets. But it’s becoming easier and easier to find the right landlord or property management company these days.
Use the Internet to find pet-friendly apartments, offer to pay an additional security deposit and more rent if needed, and remember to contact private landlords because they are typically more lenient than property management companies and rental agencies.
When all is said and done, these tips will certainly help you find a great new place when you are moving with pets. So remember to use them as often as needed to find the perfect apartment for everyone in your family including your cherished pets.
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