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Stop Making These Frequent Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Indianapolis

July 01, 2021

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Apartment searching may appear simple, but some Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Indianapolis. They go over budget, forget to check out the area, sign a lease without reading it, and fail to snap photos upon moving in. Each of these slip ups can spoil your renting experience. To get the most out of your hunt and secure the perfect apartment for you and your family, avoid these common mistakes.
Fitness Center in a Indianapolis apartment community.

Ignoring Routine Expenses

A significant deciding factor in your apartment hunt should be your price limit. If you find an apartment that’s at the top of your budget, don’t neglect to add in recurring expenses. You might find that a more expensive apartment includes in-unit laundry and utilities while you pay for those individually at a less expensive apartment. Different communities charge differently for pet fees and reserved parking. You may additionally figure out that a community with features like a pool or fitness center saves you gym membership costs.

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Not Researching The Neighborhood

Not many Indianapolis Residents rent an apartment without touring it first, but don’t neglect to check out the surrounding area too. To find out more about your neighborhood, explore it at various times and speak to the neighbors. Pay attention to traffic volumes, noise levels, and the area’s overall friendliness. Maybe you’ll find that the peaceful neighborhood you observe at 2 in the afternoon hosts rowdy parties at night or experiences congested traffic each day at rush hour.

Search engines can help you too. Do an internet search to learn more about shopping and attractions in that area of Indianapolis, the schools, your new commute, and more.

Rental lease agreement.

Signing A Lease Without Understanding The Details

One of the most common mistakes when renting an apartment in Indianapolis is not reading the details. Before you sign the lease, read it carefully so that you know what you’re agreeing to. If you feel unsure of something, look over it with a more experienced friend or a lawyer. A local tenant information hotline can provide assistance as well.

You also need to know your duties as a Resident. Look for any requirements that you cannot abide by. For instance, if you plan to sublet your apartment, but the lease prohibits this, you should rethink your plans. 

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Neglecting To Snap Photos When Moving In

After you’ve signed your paperwork and gotten the keys, you are ready to live in your new apartment! But before you do, you have one more job. To avoid future penalty fees, note any found damage and tell the front office. A quality apartment community will make sure everything is tidy and working properly, but unexpected issues can arise. The best communities will have a walk through before move-in with management and will observe any existing problems together.

Take photos and notes of everything that stands out. If your apartment community asks you to use a move-in checklist, make a copy of it to keep for your information. And feel free to note issues that are not on their list.

Embark On Your Apartment Search With Block 20

Start your apartment search off right with Block 20. Our Leasing Specialists are excited to show you around and answer questions about our lovely community and apartments. Call 463-777-2762 or schedule a tour to find out more.