I have three beloved cats. I don't own a house, I hope to someday. It's a challenge finding a place that accepts pets. Here's three tips I've found helpful when I had to move and find a place for myself and my friends with sweaters.
1. Be Honest. It's very temping to lie and say: "That's not a cat! That's my Uncle Dave!" Don't do it. When you start calling about places, flat out ask," Do you take pets?" If they do, go from there. If they don't, just say "Well, thanks!" If the potential landlord says, "Wait! Maybe we can work something out," listen to what their compromise might be. See if you can work something out. If they don't say anything, then you are not destined to live there.
2. Tell Everyone You Know You're Moving. When I had to move last year, I was nervous about finding another place that accepted cats. I told everyone I knew at work, my family my neighbors, on facebook, that I needed to find a place that took cats. A week after I told everyone, my cousin in law came over and told me about an apartment in a building his best friends lived in. I made an appointment with the manager, made sure he knew I had cats, and a month later, I moved in.
3. Offer Extra for the Cleaning Deposit. Yes, pets make messes. Let's not pretend they don't. This is when it helps to have a little extra money to offer for the cleaning deposit. If your landlord is flexible, you might be able to pay in installments.
Moving is hard enough, finding a place to take pets is harder. Yet it can be done. Be persistent, be stubborn, soon you all will find a new home.
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