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Five Questions To Ask On An Apartment Tour In Carmel

Walking through apartment tours is an important step in knowing if that a particular community is for you. But while you’re exploring the kitchen and closet space on your Carmel apartment tour, it’s also a great time to ask your leasing specialist some in-depth questions. These questions work well to help you get a glimpse of the feel and tenant service the community can offer. Remember that your apartment will be your home for a time, and it’s good to understand precisely what to expect. To get you started, 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 promote themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Carmel, but that can be a fairly vague term. Some buildings have restrictions on dog breeds you can own, or how many animals can be in the unit. Certain pet policies prohibit small animals, like mice, guinea pigs, birds, or lizards. And all pet policies typically charge additional rent for your furry loved ones -- and some may even have a cleaning charge upon move out.

Asking about the pet policy is a must if you own a dog or cat, or you’re thinking of getting one in the near future. After all, you want your pet to be just as happy in the apartment as you are. However, it's also a good question to ask on an apartment tour if you don’t have a pet. That way, you know what types of pets you might see on a consistent basis. You may also want to ask what amenities the apartment complex offers pets -- like dog parks or free waste disposal bags.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

Many years ago, rent was usually paid by leaving payment at the front office. Today, there might be different ways to pay rent. Does the community have a web portal or can they link direct deposit through my bank? Can I pay by credit card and receive reward points for my rent payment? Some complexes may let you pay through popular payment systems like Venmo or PayPal. Asking this question during an apartment tour can be important for residents who are frequently out of town or require an easier way to pay rent.

Learning how the complex handles utilities can also save you expensive mistakes in the future. What utilities come with rent? Are you able to roll utilities into my rent check? Are utilities, such as gas and water, based on communal use or are they calculated by each individual apartment? Can I pick the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to go with the apartment contractor? These questions may feel basic, but sometimes the answers can surprise you.

What Amenities Can I Use?

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 see the amenities and grounds. Even though an overview of what a community has is nice, you may wish to inquire about residents' day-to-day usage of the complexes’ amenities.

If you want to work out early or late due to your personal schedule, make sure you ask about the hours of the exercise center -- and when it’s the busiest. Parents may wish to know what the policy is for children to use the playground or pool and hot tub. If you want an apartment that’s not just a space to sleep, but a community that enhances your lifestyle, it’s important to get your amenities questions answered during your apartment tour. The answers may be the decision point between two apartments in Carmel.

How Do You Handle Maintenance Requests?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you’re done with your apartment tour, remember to ask about how they handle maintenance. Maintenance practices can vary wildly, from 24-hour onsite availability to contract contractors that needs to be booked during regular business hours. Emergencies do happen from time-to-time, but it’s how your community responds to your maintenance needs that can make or break how you feel about your apartment.

When you ask about maintenance, don’t be afraid to be thorough. Does the community have emergency on-site maintenance, or can personnel only work on repairs during normal business hours? Who do I talk to when I have an emergency? Can I go online to fill out request maintenance? And how will I be contacted when they are finished? You may want to ask what work isn’t done by maintenance personnel, such as washer/dryer hookup or new shelving.

What’s Parking Like?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you ask questions on your apartment tour in Carmel, don’t forget to ask what how parking is handled. Am I assigned a parking spot, or is parking open to whoever gets there first? Will I receive a sticker or hang-tag for my vehicle, and what if my family has two vehicles? Does my lease include an individual garage or carport? And don’t forget to ask about the towing policy. The last thing you need is to find your ideal apartment, but learn that you have to stalk the block for an hour to get a curbside parking spot.

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

Schedule your apartment tour with Highpointe today, and we’ll answer each of your questions while taking you through one of our units. Simply call 317-342-0670 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And don’t forget to ask your partner or roommates to , as they could ask some questions, too! Can’t visit the property? We offer virtual tours!

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