A J.C. Hart Apartment Community in Carmel, IN

Dont Make These Common Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Carmel

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment hunting might seem easy, but some Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Carmel. They pay too much, don’t research the surrounding community, agree to a lease before reading it, and fail to snap pictures when moving in. Each of these mistakes can diminish the renting experience. To get the most out of your search and get the best apartment for your family, avoid these frequent faux pas.
Fitness Center in a Carmel apartment community.

Ignoring Routine Costs

One of the most significant deciding factors in your apartment hunt should be your price limit. If there’s an apartment that’s close to the top limit of your price range, don’t neglect to consider recurring bills. You may discover that a pricier apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those individually at a less expensive apartment. Various communities charge differently for reserved parking and pet fees. You might also find that a community with amenities like a fitness center or pool saves you gym membership expenses.

Apartment community in Carmel 

Not Checking Out The Neighborhood

Not many Carmel Residents move into an apartment without a tour beforehand, but don’t neglect to check out the neighborhood too. To find out more about your neighborhood, drive around it at different times and talk to the neighbors. Pay attention to noise levels, traffic volumes, and the area’s general hospitality. Maybe you’ll learn that the peaceful neighborhood you see at 2 in the afternoon has loud parties at night or has traffic congestion each day at rush hour.

Search engines can help you as well. Perform an internet search to learn more about attractions and shopping in that part of Carmel, the schools, 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 the lease, read it attentively so that you know what you’re getting. If you are unsure of something, review it with a more knowledgeable friend or a lawyer. A local tenant information hotline can provide assistance as well.

You also need to understand your obligation as a Resident. Look for any conditions that you can’t follow. For example, if you want to sublet the apartment, but the lease precludes this, you should reconsider your plans. 

Model apartment bedroom

Forgetting To Take Pics On Move-in Day

When you’ve signed your lease and gotten the keys, you can live in your new apartment! But before you do, you have one final chore. To prevent future penalty fees, document pre-existing damage and notify management. A quality apartment community will have everything tidy and functioning correctly, but unforeseen problems can occur. The best communities will schedule a pre-move-in walk through with management to observe all pre-existing damage together.

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

Embark On Your Apartment Search With Midtown Flats

Start your apartment search off right by talking to Midtown Flats. Our Leasing Specialists are glad to answer every question and take you around our attractive apartments and community. Call 317-597-4596 or schedule a tour to find out more.