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Important Questions To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Carmel

April 20, 2022
nighttime exterior at echo park bloomington

You’ve discovered the ideal Carmel apartment, and you just need to sign the rental agreement! But not so fast. Before signing, make sure you have an understanding about what you’re signing up for. After all, you’ll enjoy apartment life more when you know what to expect. So before you sign anything, come prepared with these questions to ask when leasing an apartment in Carmel.

What Are My Rent Payment Options And Are There Fees For Paying Late?

Gray and blue bedroom at Highpointe Apartments. 

Great Carmel apartment communities give you more than one payment option so rent payments are as simple as possible, including electronic and auto-pay options. Ask what methods your new community offers and how each one works. You might also want to ask if there’s any convenience fees for direct payments.

You also need to know your community’s tardy rent policy. Most communities have a ”grace period” and then charge a late fee which grows until you pay. Ask when payment is due and what to do if you experience a hardship that will interfere with paying your rent when due.

What Is The Guest Policy For Your Carmel Apartment And Amenities?

 Red and beige recreation room at Hamilton Luxury Apartments.

If you want to host family or friends for more than a few days, you’re going to want to check your community’s guest policy. Most leases don’t allow guests to stay with you for more than 3 days without permission from the property manager. Then there are guest policies for using amenities like the pool, fitness center, or clubhhouse. If you want to bring your running buddy to try the treadmills, ask if guests are allowed first. Or, if your kid wants a pool party, ask how many guests you can invite as well as their procedures and policies.

What Is The Pet Policy?

Boy and girl playing with a golden retriever puppy on a rug in a living room 

On the topic of friends, want to know about your animal ones? If your apartment allows pets, be sure Fido fits within their rules. Many communities have breed and size restrictions. You should also inquire about pet fees and rules for exercising and cleaning up poop. The most pet-friendly Carmel apartments have amenities like bags near trash cans for cleaning up after them and dog parks or runs for [[exercising dogs|socialization|exercize].

Does The Community Have Any Parking Policies?

xterior of Riverview apartments during the daytime. 

Many apartment properties enforce parking policies to make things fair for all Residents. They may issue Resident parking permits, enforce designated guest parking, limit how many vehicles you can keep on the property, and assign parking spaces. Some apartment communities in Carmel have shelterd parking for a price. Review your parking options and the parking policies prior to moving in with an extra car or having guests over.

How Do I Make Maintenance Requests, And How Do They Access My Home?

You might need some repairs sometimes. Before moving in, ask how maintenance requests work there. Ask how to submit a request, when you should expect a response, and if they have a 24-hour emergency line.

You should also ask how the maintenance staff will get into your apartment. Ask if they will notify you beforehand and if they will leave a note indicating their presence once they leave. Although you don’t own your apartment, you should still have good communication with your maintenance team about submitted and completed service requests.


Bring The Questions You Want To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Carmel To Lakeside Apartments

If you don’t care for the answers you get at at the leasing offices you’ve spoken with, come to Lakeside Apartments. We take extra care to provide a unique and enjoyable living experience for all of our valued Residents in Carmel. Let us help you find an apartment you’ll love calling home. Call us at 317-344-8491 or schedule a tour to learn more.