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Five Questions To Ask During An Apartment Tour In Carmel

Walking through apartment tours is a necessary step in finding out that a particular community will work for you. But while you’re exploring the apartment floor plan and closet space on your Carmel apartment tour, it’s also a great time to ask your tour guide some important questions. These questions work well to help you determine the feel and tenant service the community can give. After all, your apartment will be your home for a time, and you should know just what you’re signing up for. To get you started, here are the five questions to ask during an apartment tour in Carmel.

What’s The Apartment’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many complexes promote themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Carmel, but that term means different things to different communities. Some apartments have restrictions on the type of dog breeds they allow or limit how many animals can live in the apartment. Certain pet policies prohibit small animals, like rats, hamsters, birds, or reptiles. And all pet policies most likely have a pet fee for your pets -- and many may even have a cleaning fee upon move out.

Finding out about the pet policy is a must if you own a dog or cat, or you’re thinking of getting one soon. After all, your pet needs to be just as comfortable in the apartment as you are. But it's also a good question to ask on an apartment tour if you don’t have a pet. That way, you know what animals you might see on a consistent basis. We also recommend asking what amenities the apartment complex offers pets -- like dog parks or convenient waste disposal sacks.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

In the old days, rent was always paid by check at the main office. Today, there might be multiple ways to pay rent. Does the complex have a mobile app or can I use direct deposit? Can I pay by credit card and receive reward points for my rent? Some complexes may even allow you to pay through popular payment apps like Venmo or PayPal. Asking how you pay rent during an apartment tour can be critical if you travel or need an easier option for paying rent.

Learning the details about utilities can also save you headaches in the future. What utilities are included? Are you able to add utilities to my rent check? Are utilities, such as water, electric, and gas, set by communal use or are they calculated by each unit? Can I choose the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to go with the same company as the other residents? These questions may feel simple, 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 look at the amenities and grounds. Even though a short overview of what a community offers is good, you may like to ask more about the details of the communities’ amenities.

If you want to exercise early or late at night to accommodate your daily schedule, make sure you ask about the fitness center’s hours -- and when it’s the busiest. Parents may wish to understand what the children’s policy is for the playground or pool. If you’re looking for an apartment that’s not just a place to sleep, but a community that enhances your lifestyle, it’s crucial to ask about amenities on your apartment tour. What you learn may be the decision point between two apartment complexes in Carmel.

How Do You Handle Maintenance Requests?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you finish your apartment tour, be sure that you ask about how they handle maintenance. Maintenance policies can vary between companies, from 24-hour onsite availability to outside contractors that should be reserved within normal business hours. Unforeseen problems do crop up sometimes, but it’s how your community responds to your maintenance needs that can make or break your apartment experience.

When asking about maintenance, go ahead and be thorough. Does the complex have emergency on-site maintenance, or can they only do repairs during normal business hours? Who do I call about an emergency? Do they have an online form to submit request maintenance? And how will I be contacted when they’ve completed the repair? It’s also a good idea to ask what services isn’t covered by maintenance staff, such as washer/dryer hookup or new paint.

What Is The Parking Situation?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re on your apartment tour in Carmel, it’s good to ask what how parking is handled. Do I need an assigned parking spot, or is parking open to whoever gets there first? Will I receive a parking sticker or hang-tag for my vehicle, and what if my family has two or more vehicles? Are there individual garages or carports available? And don’t forget to inquire about any towing policies. You’d hate to to find your dream apartment, but learn that you have to stalk the block for half an hour to snag a curbside spot.

Midtown Flats Will Answer All Your Questions During Your Apartment Tour In Carmel

Schedule your tour with Midtown Flats today, and we’ll answer each of your questions while taking you through one of our units. Simply call us at (317) 597-4596 or hit the “schedule a tour” button. And it’s a good idea to bring your family or roommates, as they might have questions, too! Can’t visit the property? We offer virtual tours!

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