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Five Questions To Ask During An Apartment Tour In Indianapolis

Walking through apartment tours is a crucial step in finding out that a particular community is for you. But while you’re exploring the apartment floor plan and amenities on your Indianapolis apartment tour, it’s also a good time to ask your leasing specialist some important questions. These questions work well to help you get a glimpse of the atmosphere and resident service the community can give. After all, your apartment will be your home for a time, and you should see precisely what to expect. To begin, here are 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 complexes advertise themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Indianapolis, but that term means different things to different communities. Some apartments have dog breed restrictions or limit 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 usually have a pet fee for your animals -- and many may even have a cleaning fee when you leave.

Finding out about the pet policy is a must if you have a cat or dog, or you’re considering adopting one in the near future. 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 types of pets you might see on a day-to-day basis. We also recommend asking what pet-friendly amenities complex has -- such as dog runs or convenient waste disposal bags.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

In the old days, rent was usually paid by check at the main office. Today, there could be different ways to pay. Does the community have a web portal or can they link direct deposit through my bank? Can I use my 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 important 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 roll utilities into my rent check? Are utilities, such as water and gas, 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 cut and dry, 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 peek. During your Indianapolis apartment tour you should also look at the amenities and grounds. Although an overview of what a community has 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 early or late to accommodate your work schedule, go ahead and ask about the workout center’s hours -- and when it’s usually busy. Parents may want to see what the children’s policy is for the gym or pool. If you want an apartment that’s not only a place to lay your head down at night, but a community to fully enjoy, it’s important to ask amenity questions while on your apartment tour. What you learn may be the decision point between two apartment complexes 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 third-party maintenance that should be scheduled within normal business hours. Emergencies do occur sometimes, but it’s how your maintenance requests are handled that can deeply influence your apartment experience.

When you ask about maintenance, it’s good to be thorough. Does the apartment 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 fill out 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 personnel, like washer/dryer installation or ceiling fan installation.

What’s Parking Like?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re on your apartment tour in Indianapolis, remember to ask what how parking is handled. Am I assigned a parking spot, or is it first come first serve? Am I given a parking sticker or hang-tag for my car, and what happens if my family has multiple cars? Are there individual garages or carports available? And remember to inquire about the towing policy. You’d hate to to discover your ideal apartment, but find out that you need to circle the block for repeatedly to snag a curbside parking 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 ask your partner or roommates to , as they could ask some questions, too! Can’t visit the property? Virtual tours are available!

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