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5 Questions To Ask On An Apartment Tour In Fishers

May 28, 2020

Swimming pool at Fishers apartment.
Touring apartments is an important step in finding out that a particular community is where you want to live. But while you’re inspecting the bathrooms and amenities on your Fishers apartment tour, it’s also a good time to ask your leasing specialist some important questions. These questions are good to help you determine the atmosphere and resident service the community can provide. After all, your apartment will be your home for some time, and you should see just what you’re getting into. To get you started, these are the five questions to ask during an apartment tour in Fishers.

What Is The Community’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many complexes market themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Fishers, but that term can mean many different things. Some buildings have dog breed restrictions or limit how many pets can live in the unit. Some pet policies prohibit small animals, like mice, guinea pigs, birds, or snakes. And all pet policies usually charge additional rent for your animals -- and some may even have a cleaning fee when you leave.

Asking about the pet policy is a must if you live with a cat or dog, or you’re wanting to get one in the near future. After all, you want your pet to be just as comfortable in your apartment as you are. But it's also a handy question to ask on an apartment tour if you don’t have a pet. That way, you know what critters you might cross paths with on a consistent basis. Also think of asking what pet-friendly amenities complex provides -- like dog runs or free waste disposal stations.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

Many years ago, rent was always paid by check at the office. Now, there might be multiple ways to pay. Does the community have a web portal or can pay by direct deposit? Can I pay by credit card and stack up points for my rent payment? Some complexes might allow you to pay through trusted payment companies like PayPal or Venmo. Asking this question on an apartment tour can be important for residents who are traveling a lot or require an easier way to pay rent.

Understanding the details about utilities can also save you expensive mistakes later on. What utilities are included with rent? Can you incorporate utilities in my rent check? Are utilities, like gas and water, determined by communal use or are they calculated by each individual apartment? Can I choose the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to use the same company as the other residents? These questions may seem cut and dry, but sometimes the answers are different than you'd expect.

What Amenities Are Available?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your Fishers apartment tour should also include a quick look. During your Fishers apartment tour you should also look at the amenities and grounds. While a short overview of what a community offers is nice, you may want to inquire about the details of the apartment community’s amenities.

If you want to exercise in the early morning or late due to your work schedule, be sure to ask about the workout center’s hours -- and when it’s usually busy. Families may wish to see what the policy is for kids to use the gym or pool and hot tub. If you want an apartment that’s not just a space to sleep, but a community that enhances your lifestyle, it’s important to ask about amenities on your apartment tour. What you learn may influence your final choice between two apartment complexes in Fishers.

How Do You Handle Maintenance Requests?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you’re done with your apartment tour, remember to ask about how they handle maintenance. Maintenance policies and procedures can vary between companies, from 24-hour emergency response to third-party maintenance that should be reserved during normal business hours. Unforeseen problems do happen from time-to-time, but it’s how your maintenance requests are handled that can make or break how you feel about your apartment.

When you’re asking about maintenance, it’s good to be thorough. Does the complex have 24-hour on-site maintenance, or can personnel only work on repairs during regular business hours? Who do I contact for a critical repair issue? Can I go online to fill out a maintenance request? And how will I be contacted when they’re finished? You might even want to ask what work won’t be covered by maintenance, such as washer/dryer hookup or ceiling fan installation.

What’s Parking Like?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re on your apartment tour in Fishers, don’t forget to ask what where you park your car. Am I assigned a parking spot, or is parking by my building open to all residents? Am I given a sticker or hang-tag for my car, and what if my family has two or more vehicles? Does my lease include an individual garage or carport? And remember to inquire about the towing policy. You don’t want to discover the perfect apartment, but find out that you need to stalk the block for half an hour to find a curbside parking spot.

The Hamilton Will Answer All Your Questions During Your Apartment Tour In Fishers

Schedule your tour with The Hamilton today, and we’ll answer each of your questions while taking you through the perfect apartment home. Simply call us at 317-900-4375 or hit the “schedule a tour” button. And don’t forget to bring your partner or roommates, as they may have questions, too! Can’t come to the property? Virtual tours are available!