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Stop Making These Frequent Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Indianapolis

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment searching might appear simple, but many Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Indianapolis. They pay too much, forget to research the area, sign a lease but don’t read it, and fail to take photos upon moving in. All of these oversights can spoil your renting experience. To get the most out of your hunt and find the perfect apartment for you and your family, avoid these frequent faux pas.
 
Fitness Center in a Indianapolis apartment community.

Overlooking Routine Expenses

A significant deciding factor in your apartment hunt will be your budget. If there’s an apartment that’s approaching the limit of your budget, don’t neglect to add in recurring fees. You might learn that a more expensive apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those individually at a cheaper apartment. Each community charges differently for pet fees and reserved parking. You might also find 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

Few Indianapolis Residents rent an apartment without a tour beforehand, but don’t neglect to look at the neighborhood as well. To learn more about your community, explore it at various times and talk to the neighbors. Note noise levels, traffic volumes, and the area’s general hospitality. Maybe you’ll find that the calm neighborhood you see at 2 PM has unruly parties at night or experiences congested traffic each day at 5 PM.

A search engine can help you too. Do 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 a lease, read it methodically so that you know what you’re signing. If you are uncertain about something, review it with a a lawyer or more knowledgeable friend. A local tenant information hotline can provide assistance too.

You should also know your responsibilities as a Resident. Watch for any requirements that you can’t follow. For instance, if you plan to sublet your apartment, but the lease precludes this, you should make other plans. 

Model apartment bedroom
 

Forgetting To Get Some Photos Upon Moving In

After you’ve signed your lease and received the keys, you are ready to live in your new apartment! But before you move in, you have one more chore. To prevent future penalty fees, note pre-existing damage and let the leasing office know. A good apartment community will have everything clean and working correctly, but surprise problems can occur. The top communities will arrange a pre-move-in walk through with a maintenance technician to observe all pre-existing damage with you.

Take photos and notes of everything that concerns you. If your apartment community asks you to follow a move-in checklist, make a duplicate of it to save for yourself. And feel free to add issues that they don’t list.

Start Your Apartment Search At The Waverley Apartments

Begin your apartment hunt correctly by talking to The Waverley Apartments. Our Leasing Specialists are excited to show you around and answer all of your questions about our attractive apartments and community. Call 317-800-7017 or schedule a tour to learn more.