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Five Questions To Ask During An Apartment Tour In Indianapolis

May 28, 2020

Swimming pool at Indianapolis apartment.
Going on an apartment tour is a crucial step in finding out that a particular community is for you. But while you’re looking over the apartment floor plan and amenities on your Indianapolis apartment tour, it’s also a good time to ask your guide some deeper questions. These questions work well to help you get a glimpse of the atmosphere and resident service the community can offer. Your apartment will be your home for a time, and it’s good to see precisely what to expect. To get you started, here’s a list of the 5 questions to ask during an apartment tour in Indianapolis.

What’s The Community’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many communities advertise themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Indianapolis, but that term can mean many different things. Some apartments have restrictions on dog breeds you can own, or how many animals can live in the unit. Certain pet policies prohibit small animals, such as rats, hamsters, birds, or reptiles. And all pet policies typically have a pet fee for your furry loved ones -- and many may even have a cleaning fee upon move out.

Finding out about the pet policy is a no-brainer if you own a cat or dog, or you’re thinking of getting one soon. After all, you’d like your pet to be just as comfortable in the apartment as you are. However, it's also a handy question to ask on an apartment tour if you don’t own a pet. That way, you know what kinds of animals you might see on a day-to-day basis. You may also want to ask what pet-friendly amenities complex has -- such as dog runs or convenient waste disposal sacks.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

20 years ago, rent was usually paid by dropping off a check at the main office. Today, there could be different ways to pay. Does the community have a web portal or can I use direct deposit? Can I pay by credit card and receive reward points for my rent? Some companies might let you pay through popular payment systems like PayPal or Venmo. Asking this question while on an apartment tour can be key if you are frequently out of town or want a more convenient option for paying rent.

Understanding how the complex handles utilities can also save you expensive mistakes in the future. What utilities are included? Are you able to add utilities to my rent check? Are utilities, such as gas and water, set by communal use or are they determined by each unit? Can I pick the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to use the same company as the other residents? These questions may seem basic, but sometimes the answers are different than you'd expect.

What Amenities Can I Use?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your Indianapolis apartment tour should also include a quick look. During your Indianapolis apartment tour you should also look at the amenities and grounds. Although an overview of what’s available is helpful, you may wish to probe further into residents' day-to-day usage of the complexes’ amenities.

If you’d like to work out in the morning or at night to accommodate your work schedule, be sure to ask about the workout center’s hours -- and when it’s most often used. Families may want to understand what the children’s policy is for the playground or pool. If you want an apartment that’s not only somewhere to lay your head down at night, but a community you can truly enjoy, it’s crucial to ask amenity questions while on your apartment tour. What you learn may be the deciding factor between two apartments in Indianapolis.

How Do I Request Maintenance?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you’re done with your apartment tour, make sure that you ask about the maintenance situation. Maintenance policies can vary a lot, from 24-hour emergency response to contract maintenance that should be reserved within normal business hours. Emergencies do crop up sometimes, but it’s how your maintenance requests are handled that can deeply influence how you feel about your apartment.

When you ask about maintenance, it’s good to be thorough. Does the complex have 24-hour on-site maintenance, or can maintenance only work on repairs during the usual 9 to 5 business hours? Who do I talk to when I have an urgent repair need? Do they have an online form to submit a maintenance request? And how will I be notified when they are done? You may want to ask what work wouldn’t be performed by maintenance staff, like washer/dryer installation or new paint.

What’s Parking Like?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you ask questions on your apartment tour in Indianapolis, remember to ask what how parking is handled. Am I assigned a place to park, or is parking open to whoever gets there first? Do I need a parking sticker or hang-tag for my car, and what happens if my family has multiple cars? Does the community have individual garages or carports? And don’t forget to inquire about the towing policy. You’d hate to to discover your ideal apartment, but find out that you need to go around the block for repeatedly to snag a curbside spot.

Linden Square Will Answer All Your Questions On Your Apartment Tour In Indianapolis

Schedule your tour with Linden Square today, and we’ll answer each of your questions while giving you a tour of one of our apartments. Simply call 317-333-6914 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And it’s a good idea to bring your family or roommates, as they could ask some questions, too! Can’t visit the property? We offer virtual tours!