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5 Questions To Ask On An Apartment Tour In Fishers

May 28, 2020

Swimming pool at Fishers apartment.
Walking through apartment tours is a crucial step in deciding if that a particular community is for you. But while you’re inspecting the apartment floor plan and amenities on your Fishers apartment tour, you should also use the time to ask your guide some important questions. These questions work well to help you get a glimpse of the atmosphere and tenant service the community can offer. Remember that your apartment will be where you call home for a time, and it’s good to know precisely what you’re signing up for. To start off, here are the five questions to ask during an apartment tour in Fishers.

What’s The Apartment’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many communities promote themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Fishers, but that term means different things to different communities. Some units have restrictions on dog breeds you can own, or how many animals can be in the apartment. Some pet policies prohibit small animals, such as mice, guinea pigs, large birds, or reptiles. And all pet policies typically have a pet fee for your furry loved ones -- and many may even have a cleaning fee when you leave.

Asking about the pet policy is very important if you live with a dog or cat, or you’re thinking of getting one very soon. After all, you’d like your pet to be just as at home in your apartment as you are. However, it's also a good question to ask on an apartment tour if you’re not a pet owner. That way, you know what types of pets you might cross paths with on a regular basis. Also think of asking what pet-friendly amenities the community offers -- such as 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 main office. Today, there might be many ways to make a rent payment. Does the complex have a web portal or can they link direct deposit through my bank? Can I pay by credit card and receive reward points for my rent payment? Some companies may even allow you to pay through popular payment apps like Venmo or PayPal. Asking how you pay rent during an apartment tour can be important for residents who are traveling a lot or require a cashless way to pay rent.

Finding the details about utilities can also save you expensive mistakes later on. What utilities are included with rent? Are you able to add utilities to my rent check? Are utilities, like gas and water, determined by communal use or are they determined by each individual apartment? Can I choose the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to go with the same provider as everyone else in the community? These questions may seem cut and dry, but sometimes the answers are surprising.

What Amenities Are Available?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your Fishers apartment tour should also include a quick tour. During your Fishers apartment tour you should also walk through the amenities and grounds. Even though a broad understanding of what a community has is helpful, you may wish to probe further into residents' day-to-day usage of the apartment community’s amenities.

If you prefer to work out in the morning or at night to accommodate your daily schedule, be sure to ask about the workout center’s hours -- and when it’s most often used. Moms and Dads may wish to know what the policy is for kids to use the fitness center or pool and hot tub. If you’re looking for an apartment that’s not just a place to sleep, but a community you can truly enjoy, it’s important to ask amenity questions while on your apartment tour. The answers may be the decision point between two apartment complexes in Fishers.

What Happens If I Need Maintenance?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you finish your apartment tour, be sure that you ask about the maintenance situation. Maintenance policies and procedures can vary a lot, from on-site maintenance to third-party repair that needs to be scheduled during normal business hours. Unforeseen problems do occur at times, but it’s how your community responds to your maintenance needs that can make or break your living situation.

When you ask about maintenance, go ahead and be thorough. Does the complex have emergency on-site maintenance, or can personnel only do repairs during normal business hours? Who do I contact for a critical repair issue? Do they have an online form to complete a maintenance request? And how will I be contacted when they’re done? It’s also a good idea to ask what work isn’t done by maintenance, such as washer/dryer hookup or new shelving.

What Is The Parking Situation?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re taking your apartment tour in Fishers, it’s good to ask what where you park your car. Do I have an assigned place to park, or is it first come first serve? Will I receive a sticker or hang-tag for my vehicle, and what happens if my family has multiple cars? Does my lease include an individual garage or carport? And make sure to ask about any towing policies. You’d hate to find the perfect apartment, but learn that you need to stalk the block for an hour to find a curbside space.

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

Schedule your apartment tour with The State today, and we’ll answer all your questions while giving you a tour of the perfect apartment home. Simply call us at 463-240-1709 or hit the “schedule a tour” button. And it’s a good idea to ask your partner or roommates to tag along, as they could have questions, too! Can’t come to the property? We have virtual tours!