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Five Questions To Ask On An Apartment Tour In Carmel

Touring apartments is a necessary step in deciding if that a particular community is for you. But while you’re inspecting the apartment floor plan and storage space on your Carmel apartment tour, it’s also a great time to ask your tour guide some probing questions. These questions are good to help you determine the atmosphere and tenant service the complex can provide. Remember that your apartment will be your home for a while, and you should know precisely what you’re getting into. To start off, here’s a list of the five questions to ask during an apartment tour in Carmel.

What Is The Community’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many complexes market themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Carmel, but that term means different things to different communities. Some apartments have dog breed restrictions or limit how many animals can live in the apartment. Some pet policies prohibit small animals, like mice, hamsters, birds, or reptiles. And all pet policies usually have a pet fee for your animals -- and some may even charge a cleaning fee upon move out.

Inquiring about the pet policy is very important if you live with a cat or dog, or you’re thinking of getting one soon. After all, your pet needs to be just as comfortable in the apartment as you are. However, it's also a great question to ask on an apartment tour if you don’t have a pet. That way, you know what critters you might run into on a day-to-day basis. Also think of asking what amenities the apartment complex has for pets -- like dog parks or free waste disposal stations.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

In the old days, rent was usually paid by dropping off a check at the front office. These days, there might be different ways to pay rent. Does the company have a web portal or can I use direct deposit? Can I use my credit card and acquire points for my rent payment? Some complexes may let you pay through trusted payment companies like Venmo or PayPal. Asking how you pay rent while on an apartment tour can be critical if you travel or want a cashless way to pay rent.

Learning how utilities work can also save you headaches in the future. What utilities come with rent? Can you add utilities to my rent check? Are utilities, such as gas and water, determined by communal use or are they determined by each individual apartment? Can I choose the internet, phone, or cable providers, or am I limited to the apartment contractor? These questions may feel basic, but sometimes the answers are different than you'd expect.

What Amenities Are Available?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your Carmel apartment tour should also include a quick look. During your Carmel apartment tour you should also see the amenities and grounds. Although a broad understanding of what a community has is nice, you may want to inquire about residents' day-to-day usage of the apartment community’s amenities.

If you want to exercise early or at night to accommodate your personal schedule, be sure to ask about the hours of the exercise center -- and when it’s the busiest. Parents may want to see what the policy is for children to use the fitness center or pool and hot tub. If you want an apartment that’s not just a space to sleep, but a community you can truly enjoy, it’s crucial to get your amenities questions answered during your apartment tour. The answers may be the deciding factor between two apartment complexes in Carmel.

How Do You Handle Maintenance Requests?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you’re done with your apartment tour, be sure that you ask about the maintenance situation. Maintenance policies can vary wildly, from on-site maintenance to third-party contractors that has to be scheduled within normal business hours. Emergencies do happen at times, but it’s how your maintenance requests are handled that can make or break how you feel about your apartment.

When you ask about maintenance, go ahead and be thorough. Does the apartment have 24-hour on-site maintenance, or can they only do repairs during the usual 9 to 5 business hours? Who do I call about an emergency? Is there an online form to submit request maintenance? And how will I be notified when they’re done? You might even want to ask what services wouldn’t be covered by maintenance personnel, like washer/dryer hookup or new shelving.

What Is The Parking Situation?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re on your apartment tour in Carmel, remember to ask what you do with your car. Do I get an assigned parking spot, or is it first come first serve? Will I receive a sticker or hang-tag for my car, and what happens if my family has two cars? Does the community have individual garages or carports? And make sure to ask about the towing procedure. The last thing you need is to get the perfect apartment, but find out that you need to stalk the block for half an hour to get a curbside parking spot.

Lakeside Will Answer All Your Questions During Your Apartment Tour In Carmel

Schedule your community tour with Lakeside today, and we’ll answer each of your questions while showing you the perfect apartment home. Simply call 317-344-8491 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And remember to ask your partner or roommates to tag along, as they may ask some questions, too! Can’t come to the property? We have virtual tours!

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