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5 Questions To Ask On An Apartment Tour In Carmel

Going on an apartment tour is a necessary step in finding out that a particular community is where you want to live. But while you’re looking over the kitchen and storage space on your Carmel apartment tour, it’s also a good time to ask your tour guide some deeper questions. These questions are good to help you get a glimpse of the feel and resident service the community can offer. After all, your apartment will be where you call home for some time, and it’s nice to see exactly what to expect. To start off, here are the 5 questions to ask on an apartment tour in Carmel.

What’s 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 dog breed restrictions or limit how many animals can be in the apartment. Certain pet policies prohibit small animals, such as rats, guinea pigs, birds, or reptiles. And all pet policies most likely charge additional rent for your animals -- and some may even charge a cleaning fee when you move out.

Inquiring about the pet policy is very important if you own a cat or dog, or you’re thinking of getting one very soon. After all, you want your pet to be just as happy in the apartment as you are. However, it's also a great question to ask on an apartment tour if you’re not a pet owner. That way, you know what critters you might cross paths with on a consistent basis. You may also want to ask what amenities the apartment complex has for pets -- like dog runs or convenient waste disposal bags.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

Many years ago, rent was always paid by leaving payment at the office. Now, there could be many ways to pay rent. Does the community have an app or can I use direct deposit? Can I use my credit card and receive points for my rent payment? Some complexes may let you pay through trusted payment companies like Venmo or PayPal. Asking this question during an apartment tour can be critical for residents who are frequently out of town or need a cashless option for paying rent.

Understanding how utilities work can also make your life easier later on. What utilities are included? Are you able to incorporate utilities in my rent check? Are utilities, like gas and water, based on communal use or are they calculated by each unit? Can I pick the internet, phone, or cable providers, or am I limited to the apartment contractor? These questions may seem simple, but sometimes the answers are surprising.

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 walk through the amenities and grounds. Even though an overview of what a community has is helpful, you may want to inquire about residents' day-to-day usage of the apartment community’s amenities.

If you want to work out in the early morning or late because of your personal schedule, be sure to ask about the workout center’s hours -- and when it’s usually busy. Moms and Dads may wish to see what the children’s policy is for the basketball court or pool. If you’re looking for an apartment that’s not just somewhere to lay your head down at night, but a community to fully enjoy, it’s crucial to ask about amenities while on your apartment tour. What you learn may influence your final choice between two apartment complexes in Carmel.

How Do You Handle Maintenance Requests?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you conclude your apartment tour, make sure that you ask about how maintenance is handled. Maintenance policies can vary wildly, from 24-hour emergency response to outside maintenance that needs to be booked during operating business hours. Unforeseen problems 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, it’s good to be thorough. Does the apartment have emergency on-site maintenance, or can maintenance only perform repairs during normal business hours? Who do I contact for a critical repair issue? Do they have an online form to complete request maintenance? And how will I be contacted when they are finished? It’s also a good idea to ask what work wouldn’t be performed by maintenance staff, 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, don’t forget to ask what where you park your car. Am I assigned a place to park, or is parking open to whoever gets there first? Am I given a parking sticker or hang-tag for my car, and what happens if my family has multiple vehicles? Are there individual garages or carports available? And remember to ask about any towing policies. You don’t want to get your dream apartment, but realize that you have to stalk the block for an hour to get a curbside space.

The Legacy Will Answer All Your Questions On Your Apartment Tour In Carmel

Schedule your community tour with The Legacy today, and we’ll answer all your questions while giving you a tour of one of our apartments. Just call us at 317-674-1318 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And don’t forget to bring your partner or roommates, as they could ask some questions, too! Can’t visit the property? We offer virtual tours!

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