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Dont Make These Frequent Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Indianapolis

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment searching might appear easy, but some Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Indianapolis. They pay too much, don’t check out the area, agree to a lease but don’t read it, and fail to snap pictures after moving in. All of these oversights can ruin the renting experience. To get the most out of your search and get the right apartment for your family, avoid these frequent mistakes.
 
Fitness Center in a Indianapolis apartment community.

Ignoring Recurring Costs

One of the most big deciding factors in your apartment hunt is your budget. If there’s an apartment that’s near the top limit of your budget, don’t neglect to consider recurring charges. You might discover that a more expensive apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those separately at a less expensive apartment. Each community charges differently for things like pets and detached garages. You might also discover that a community with amenities like a fitness center or pool saves you gym membership costs.

Apartment community in Indianapolis 

Neglecting To Research The Neighborhood

Not many Indianapolis Residents rent an apartment without touring it first, but don’t neglect to look at the surrounding area as well. To learn more about your community, explore it at different times and talk to the neighbors. Note traffic volumes, noise levels, and overall hospitality of the area. You may learn that the calm neighborhood you see at 2 in the afternoon throws roaring parties at night or experiences a traffic jam each day at 5 PM.

Google can assist you too. Do an internet search to find out more about shopping and attractions in that part of Indianapolis, the school district, your new commute, and more.

Rental lease agreement.
 

Signing The Lease Before Reading The Fine Print

Among the most seen mistakes when renting an apartment in Indianapolis is neglecting to read the details. Before you sign a lease, read it methodically so that you know what you’re getting. If you feel uncertain about something, review it with a more experienced friend or a lawyer. A Indianapolis tenant information hotline can help too.

You should also know your obligation as a Resident. Watch for any points that you aren’t able to abide by. For instance, if you plan to sublet your apartment, but the lease prohibits this, you should reconsider your plans. 

Model apartment bedroom
 

Forgetting To Take Pictures When Moving In

After you’ve signed your lease and received the keys, you are ready to live in your new apartment! But before moving in, you have one final job. To save yourself from future penalty fees, note existing damage and let the leasing office know. A good apartment community will have everything clean and working correctly, but unforeseen issues can appear. The top communities will have a pre-move-in walk through with a maintenance technician and will document any pre-existing damage together.

Take notes and photos of everything that concerns you. If your apartment community requests that you use a move-in checklist, make a duplicate of it to keep for your information. And feel free to add concerns that they don’t list.

Begin Your Apartment Hunt At Riverview Apartments

Start your apartment hunt off correctly by calling Riverview Apartments. Our Leasing Specialists are excited to answer every question and take you around our beautiful apartments and community. Call (317) 751-4053 or schedule a tour to learn more.