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Stop Making These Common Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Carmel

July 01, 2021

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Apartment searching might seem easy, but many Residents find themselves making mistakes when renting an apartment in Carmel. They pay too much, don’t research the neighborhood, sign a lease without reading it, and fail to take photos upon moving in. Each of these slip ups can ruin the renting experience. To make the most of your hunt and find the perfect apartment for your family, don’t make these common mistakes.
Fitness Center in a Carmel apartment community.

Overlooking Routine Costs

A significant deciding factor in your apartment hunt should be your price limit. If you like an apartment that’s near the upper limit of your budget, don’t forget to consider monthly charges. You may learn that a pricier apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those separately at a less expensive apartment. Various communities charge differently for pet fees and reserved parking. You might also find that a community with features like a fitness center or pool saves you gym membership costs.

Apartment community in Carmel 

Neglecting To Check Out The Neighborhood

Few Carmel Residents rent an apartment without a tour first, but don’t neglect to inspect the neighborhood too. To find out more about your community, drive through at different times and speak to the neighbors. Note traffic volumes, noise levels, and general hospitality of the area. Maybe you’ll discover that the quiet neighborhood you observe at 2 in the afternoon has roaring parties at night or experiences traffic congestion each day at 5 PM.

Google can help you as well. Do an internet search to find out more about attractions and shopping in that area of Carmel, the school district, your new commute, and more.

Rental lease agreement.

Signing A Lease Without Understanding The Details

Among the most made mistakes when renting an apartment in Carmel is not reading the details. Before you sign the lease, read it carefully so that you know what you’re agreeing to. If you feel unsure of something, look over it with a a lawyer or more experienced friend. A local tenant information hotline can help too.

You should also understand your duties as a Resident. Look for any specifications that you aren’t able to follow. For instance, if you want to sublet the apartment, but the lease precludes this, you should make other plans. 

Model apartment bedroom

Forgetting To Get Some Pics On Move-in Day

When you’ve signed your paperwork and gotten the keys, you are ready to live in your new apartment! But before moving in, you have one final job. To save yourself from future penalty fees, document pre-existing damage and let the leasing office know. A good apartment community will have everything tidy and workingproperly, but unexpected issues can occur. The best communities will schedule a walk through ahead of move-in with management and will identify all existing damage with you.

Take notes and photos of everything that stands out. If your apartment community requests that you follow a move-in checklist, make a copy of it to keep for your records. And don’t hesitate to note concerns that they don’t list.

Start Your Apartment Hunt At Lakeside Apartments

Begin your apartment hunt correctly with Lakeside Apartments. Our Leasing Specialists are happy to answer every question and take you around our beautiful apartments and community. Call 317-344-8491 or schedule a tour to find out more.