4 Tips When Looking for a Pet-Friendly Apartment

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According to the American Pet Products Association, 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet, 35 percent of which are millennials. Almost 80 percent of pet owning millennials said they would pass up an otherwise ideal home if it didn’t accommodate the needs of their pets, according to a Realtor.com survey. While the rental property trend is moving towards a pet-friendly environment, there are still hurdles pet parents must jump to find their perfect home. To make things easier, we put together these paw-some tips to enhance you and your furry friend’s quality of life at a Richman Signature community!

Put Your Pet’s Best Paw Forward

Whether your roommate is canine or feline, you want them to make the best impression possible on your new neighbors. Making sure your pet is properly trained is imperative when living in an apartment community. No matter how cute your pup may be, no one will find their excessive barking or whining endearing. Keep in mind that potty training in an apartment setting is ruff work! It would be wise to take care of this before the big move. Try to socialize your pet as much as possible before they’re introduced to a completely foreign environment. This can help ease any potential anxiety they might feel surrounded by new faces.

Get Your Aff-urs In Order

Prior to move-in, you’ll need to provide your pet’s weight, breed and vaccination record. Be aware that each community has breed and weight restrictions set in place. Make sure to confirm your pooch is not in violation of either before moving forward in the leasing process.

Pet Privilege

Before your pet can give their stamp of approval you need to ask, what’s in it for them? With a variation of bark parks, pet walks, pet spas and washes, we guarantee your pooch will love their Signature home just as much as you do! Portico, our luxury community in South Florida, boasts an impressive on-site dog park equipped with an agility course. Parc at White Rock is located less than a mile away from one of the largest dog parks in Dallas, TX, White Rock Lake Dog Park. To top off our luxe pet amenities and pur-fect locals, each community keeps their furry residents in mind when planning monthly resident events or setting up new local perks partners. From discounts at local groomers, to “Yappy Hours,” your pooch will enjoy quite the pampered lifestyle.

Custom Fur-nishing

Our final tip to you is all about puppy-proofing! Once you’ve officially signed on the dotted line, it’s time to fur-nish your new home. Microfiber is a great furniture fabric for pet owners. Synthetic microfiber couches won’t scratch easily, and the material allows for an easy clean-up. Be wary of stark white or black colored area rugs as these will put pet hair on full display. Anything your pet can put in their mouth should be placed out of reach. This includes shoes, wires/cords, laundry, etc. Purchase pet-friendly cleaning agents that don’t have bleach as an ingredient. Make use of baby gates to section off areas of your apartment you don’t want your pet getting to. Finally, create a space for them in the apartment that’s entirely their own.
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