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Stop Making These Frequent Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Indianapolis

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment hunting may seem simple, but many Residents find themselves making mistakes when renting an apartment in Indianapolis. They exceed their budget, forget to research the neighborhood, sign a lease but don’t read it, and never take pictures after moving in. Each of these oversights can diminish your renting experience. To get the most out of your search and get the perfect apartment for you, don’t make these common faux pas.
 
Fitness Center in a Indianapolis apartment community.

Ignoring Day-To-Day Expenses

One of the most significant deciding factors in your apartment hunt is your price limit. If there’s an apartment that’s approaching the top limit of your price range, don’t neglect to add in recurring expenses. You might find that a pricier apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those individually at a less expensive apartment. Individual communities charge differently for pet fees and reserved parking. You might also figure out that a community with features like a pool or fitness center saves you gym membership expenses.

Apartment community in Indianapolis 

Forgetting To Investigate The Neighborhood

Not many Indianapolis Residents rent an apartment without a tour beforehand, but don’t neglect to learn about the surrounding area too. To learn more about your community, explore it at different times and talk to the neighbors. Note traffic volumes, noise levels, and overall amiability of the area. You may find that the quiet neighborhood you see at 2 in the afternoon has rowdy parties at night or has congested traffic every day at rush hour.

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

Rental lease agreement.
 

Signing A Lease Without Understanding The Fine Print

One of the most made mistakes when renting an apartment in Indianapolis is forgetting to read the details. Before you sign the lease, read it attentively so that you understand what you’re getting. If you feel uncertain about something, read through it with a a lawyer or more experienced friend. A local tenant information hotline can provide assistance too.

You should also understand your duties as a Resident. Look for any points that you aren’t able to follow. For example, if you plan to sublet your apartment, but the lease forbids this, you should rethink your plans. 

Model apartment bedroom
 

Neglecting To Take Photos When Moving In

When you’ve signed your lease and received the keys, you can move into your new apartment! But before moving in, you have one last chore. To avoid future penalty fees, record pre-existing damage and let the leasing office know. A great apartment community will make sure everything is tidy and working correctly, but unforeseen issues can appear. The top communities will arrange a walk through prior to move-in with management to identify any pre-existing problems together.

Take notes and photos of everything that bothers you. If your apartment community requests that you use a move-in checklist, make a duplicate of it to save for your records. And feel free to note issues that they don’t list.

Start Your Apartment Hunt At The Line-Urban Flats on the Monon

Start your apartment search off right with The Line-Urban Flats on the Monon. Our Leasing Specialists are happy to take you around and answer every question about our beautiful apartments and community. Call 317-659-6620 or schedule a tour to learn more.