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Five Questions To Ask During An Apartment Tour In Carmel

Going on an apartment tour is an important step in knowing if that a particular community is for you. But while you’re exploring the bathrooms and amenities on your Carmel apartment tour, try to also use the time to ask your leasing specialist some in-depth questions. These questions work well to help you get a glimpse of the feel and resident service the community can give. Your apartment will be where you call home for a while, and it’s good to know just what you’re signing up for. To begin, here’s a list of the five questions to ask on an apartment tour in Carmel.

What Is The Community’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many communities market themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Carmel, but that term can mean many different things. Some units have restrictions on dog breeds you can own, or how many animals can be in the apartment. Certain pet policies prohibit small animals, like mice, hamsters, large birds, or lizards. And all pet policies most likely have a surcharge on rent for your pets -- and some may even charge a cleaning fee when you leave.

Asking about the pet policy is a no-brainer if you have a dog or cat, or you’re considering adopting one very soon. After all, you want your pet to be just as comfortable in the apartment as you are. But it's also a handy question to ask on an apartment tour if you don’t have a pet. That way, you know what animals you might cross paths with on a regular basis. You may also want to ask what amenities the apartment community offers pets -- like dog parks or free waste disposal stations.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

Many years ago, rent was typically paid by check at the office. These days, there could be different ways to pay. Does the community have a mobile app or can I use direct deposit? Can I put it on my credit card and stack up points for my rent? Some companies might let you pay through popular payment apps like PayPal or Venmo. Asking this question during an apartment tour can be critical if you are traveling a lot or want an easier way to pay rent.

Learning the details about utilities can also save you headaches in the future. What utilities come with rent? Are you able to roll utilities into my rent check? Are utilities, like gas and water, set by communal use or are they calculated by individual apartments? Can I choose the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to use the apartment contractor? These questions may feel cut and dry, 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 peek. During your Carmel apartment tour you should also look at the amenities and grounds. While a short overview of what’s available is helpful, you might want to probe further into the details of the complexes’ amenities.

If you prefer to exercise early or at night due to your personal schedule, make sure you ask about the fitness center’s hours -- and when it’s usually busy. Parents may wish to know what the policy is for kids to use the basketball court or pool and hot tub. If you’d love an apartment that’s not just a space to lay your head down at night, but a community to fully enjoy, it’s important to ask about amenities on your apartment tour. What you learn may be the decision point between two apartments in Carmel.

What Happens If I Need Maintenance?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you finish your apartment tour, be sure that you ask about how maintenance is handled. Maintenance policies can vary wildly, from on-site maintenance to contract repair that needs to be reserved during operating business hours. Emergencies do crop up at times, but it’s how maintenance is able to respond that can make or break your living situation.

When you’re asking about maintenance, it’s good to be thorough. Does the community have emergency on-site maintenance, or can maintenance only do repairs during operating business hours? Who do I talk to when I have an urgent repair need? Can I go online to fill out a maintenance request? And how will I know when they are done? You may want to ask what work wouldn’t be covered by maintenance, like washer/dryer hookup or new paint.

What’s Parking Like?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re on your apartment tour in Carmel, don’t forget to ask what you need to do with your car. Do I get an assigned space, or is parking open to whoever gets there first? Am I given a parking sticker or hang-tag for my car, and what if my family has multiple vehicles? Does my lease include an individual garage or carport? And make sure to inquire about the towing procedure. The last thing you need is to get your ideal apartment, but find out that you need to stalk the block for repeatedly to get a curbside parking spot.

One One Six Will Answer All Your Questions On Your Apartment Tour In Carmel

Schedule your tour with One One Six today, and we’ll answer all your questions while taking you through one of our apartments. Just call us at 317-350-1941 or hit the “schedule a tour” button. And remember to bring your partner or roommates, as they might ask some questions, too! Can’t make it to the property? We offer virtual tours!

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