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Avoid These Frequent Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Indianapolis

July 01, 2021

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Apartment hunting might seem straightforward, but some Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Indianapolis. They exceed their budget, neglect to research the neighborhood, sign a lease without reading it, and never snap pictures when moving in. All of these oversights can spoil your renting experience. To get the most out of your hunt and find the best apartment for you, don’t make these common errors.
 
Fitness Center in a Indianapolis apartment community.

Overlooking Routine Costs

One of the most major deciding factors in your apartment hunt will be your price limit. If you find an apartment that’s close to the upper limit of your budget, don’t neglect to factor in monthly expenses. You might learn that a more expensive apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those separately at a cheaper apartment. Every community charges differently for pet fees and reserved parking. You might also find that a community with amenities like a pool or fitness center saves you gym membership costs.

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Not Investigating The Neighborhood

Not many Indianapolis Residents rent an apartment without touring it beforehand, but don’t neglect to look at the surrounding area as well. To learn more about your community, explore it at different times and speak to the neighbors. Pay attention to traffic volumes, noise levels, and the area’s overall hospitality. You may discover that the quiet neighborhood you observe at 2 in the afternoon throws rowdy parties at night or experiences a traffic jam every day at 5 PM.

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

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Signing The Lease Without Understanding The Fine Print

One of the most common mistakes when renting an apartment in Indianapolis is neglecting to read the details. Before you sign the lease, read it methodically so that you know what you’re signing. If you feel unsure of something, review it with a a lawyer or more experienced friend. A Indianapolis tenant information hotline can provide assistance too.

You also need to know your obligation as a Resident. Watch for any points that you cannot honor. For example, if you want to sublet the apartment, but the lease forbids this, you should make other plans. 

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Forgetting To Snap Pictures Before Moving In

When you’ve signed your paperwork and received the keys, you can move into your new apartment! But before you do, you have one more job. To prevent future penalty fees, note pre-existing damage and let the leasing office know. A quality apartment community will have everything clean and functioning correctly, but unexpected problems can arise. The best communities will arrange a pre-move-in walk through with a maintenance technician and will identify any existing problems together.

Take photos and notes of everything that stands out. If your apartment community requests that you follow a move-in checklist, duplicate it to keep for your records. And don’t hesitate to include problems that they don’t list.

Embark On Your Apartment Hunt At The Edge Apartment Living

Begin your apartment hunt correctly by contacting The Edge Apartment Living. Our Leasing Specialists are glad to answer every question and show you around our lovely apartments and community. Call 463-345-4399 or schedule a tour to find out more.