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Stop Making These Common Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Carmel

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment searching might appear straightforward, but many Residents find themselves making mistakes when renting an apartment in Carmel. They go over budget, don’t check out the surrounding community, sign a lease but don’t read it, and forget to snap photos when moving in. Each of these errors can spoil your renting experience. To make the most of your hunt and get the right apartment for your family, avoid these common mistakes.
Fitness Center in a Carmel apartment community.

Ignoring Day-To-Day Costs

A major deciding factor in your apartment hunt is your budget. If there’s an apartment that’s at the upper limit of your budget, don’t forget to factor in recurring expenses. You may discover that a pricier apartment includes in-unit laundry and utilities while you pay for those separately at a cheaper apartment. Every community charges differently for pet fees and reserved parking. You might also discover that a community with perks like a pool or fitness center saves you gym membership expenses.

Apartment community in Carmel 

Not Researching The Neighborhood

Few Carmel Residents rent an apartment without a tour first, but don’t neglect to look at the surrounding area too. To learn more about your community, drive through at different times and speak to the neighbors. Note noise levels, traffic volumes, and the area’s overall hospitality. You may see that the peaceful neighborhood you observe at 2 PM has unruly parties at night or has a traffic jam each day at rush hour.

Search engines can assist you as well. Perform an internet search to learn more about shopping and attractions in that area of Carmel, the school district, your new commute, and more.

Rental lease agreement.

Signing The Lease Before Reading The Details

One of the most common mistakes when renting an apartment in Carmel is not reading the fine print. Before you sign a lease, read it carefully so that you know what you’re agreeing to. If you are off about something, look over it with a a lawyer or more knowledgeable friend. A Carmel tenant information hotline can help too.

You also need to understand your obligation as a Resident. Watch for any requirements that you cannot honor. For instance, if you want to sublet your apartment, but the lease prohibits this, you should reconsider your plans. 

Model apartment bedroom

Neglecting To Take Pictures Before Moving In

Once you’ve signed your lease and gotten the keys, you can move into your new apartment! But before moving in, you have one more task. To save yourself from penalty fees later, note existing damage and let the leasing office know. A good apartment community will have everything clean and functioningproperly, but unforeseen issues can appear. The best communities will have a walk through before move-in with management to document all existing problems with you.

Take notes and photos of everything that stands out. If your apartment community requests that you fill out a move-in checklist, copy it to keep for your records. And feel free to note issues that are not on their list.

Start Your Apartment Search With One One Six Apartments

Start your apartment hunt off correctly with One One Six Apartments. Our Leasing Specialists are glad to show you around and answer questions about our attractive community and apartments. Call (317) 350-1941 or schedule a tour to find out more.