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5 Questions To Ask During An Apartment Tour In Bloomington

Touring an apartment is an important step in finding out that a particular community is where you want to live. But while you’re inspecting the apartment floor plan and storage space on your Bloomington apartment tour, it’s also a good time to ask your tour guide some probing questions. These questions can help you determine the feel and personal attention the complex can offer. Your apartment will be your home for a while, and it’s good to know just what you’re signing up for. To get you started, here are the 5 questions to ask on an apartment tour in Bloomington.

What Is The Apartment’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many communities advertise themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Bloomington, but that term can mean many different things. Some buildings have restrictions on the type of dog breeds they allow or limit how many pets can live in the unit. Certain pet policies prohibit small animals, such as rats, guinea pigs, large birds, or snakes. And all pet policies typically have a pet fee for your animals -- and many may even have a cleaning fee when you move out.

Finding out about the pet policy is very important if you own a cat or dog, or you’re thinking of getting one soon. After all, you want your pet to be just as at home in your apartment as you are. However, it's also a handy question to ask on an apartment tour if you don’t have a pet. That way, you know what kinds of animals you might cross paths with on a consistent basis. You may also want to ask what amenities the apartment complex has for pets -- like dog parks or free waste disposal stations.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

20 years ago, rent was usually paid by check at the main office. These days, there could be multiple ways to make a rent payment. Does the community have an app or can they link direct deposit through my bank? Can I use my credit card and receive points for my rent payment? Some complexes may even let you pay through trusted payment systems like Venmo or PayPal. Asking this question on an apartment tour can be critical for those who travel or need a cashless way to pay rent.

Finding the details about utilities can also save you expensive mistakes during your lease. What utilities are included with rent? Are you able to add utilities to my rent check? Are utilities, such as gas and water, set by communal use or are they determined by each individual apartment? Do I have a choice on 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 simple, but sometimes the answers can surprise you.

What Amenities Can I Use?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your Bloomington apartment tour should also include a quick peek. During your Bloomington apartment tour you should also walk through the amenities and grounds. Even though a short overview of what a community has is helpful, you might like to probe further into residents' day-to-day usage of the communities’ amenities.

If you want to exercise in the early morning or late at night to accommodate your daily schedule, go ahead and ask about the hours of the exercise center -- and when it’s the busiest. Moms and Dads may want to know what the policy is for kids to use the fitness center or pool and hot tub. If you’d love an apartment that’s not just a space to lay your head down at night, but a community that enhances your lifestyle, it’s important to ask about amenities during your apartment tour. What you learn may be the deciding factor between two apartments in Bloomington.

How Do I Request Maintenance?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you finish your apartment tour, be sure that you ask about the maintenance situation. Maintenance practices can vary wildly, from 24-hour emergency response to outside maintenance that has to be reserved during normal business hours. Unforeseen problems do happen sometimes, but it’s how maintenance is able to respond that can deeply influence how you feel about your apartment.

When you’re asking about maintenance, don’t be afraid to be thorough. Does the community have emergency on-site maintenance, or can maintenance only work on repairs during normal business hours? Who do I talk to when I have an emergency? Is there an online form to complete a maintenance request? And how will I be contacted when they’ve completed the repair? It’s also a good idea to ask what work wouldn’t be covered by maintenance staff, such as washer/dryer installation or new shelving.

What’s Parking Like?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you ask questions on your apartment tour in Bloomington, don’t forget to ask what you need to do with your car. Do I get an assigned parking spot, or is it first come first serve? Do I need a parking sticker or hang-tag for my vehicle, and what if my family has multiple cars? Does my lease include an individual garage or carport? And make sure to inquire about the towing policy. You’d hate to to get your ideal apartment, but realize that you have to circle the block for half an hour to snag a curbside space.

City Flats on Tenth Will Answer All Your Questions On Your Apartment Tour In Bloomington

Schedule your tour with City Flats on Tenth today, and we’ll answer all your questions while taking you through one of our units. Simply call us at 812-561-1974 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And remember to bring your partner or roommates, as they might ask some questions, too! Can’t visit the property? Virtual tours are available!

City Flats on Tenth
3821 E. Barrington Dr. , Apt. C
BloomingtonIndiana 47408
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City Flats on Tenth
City Flats on Tenth is a luxury apartment community located at E 10th St. and N Smith Rd. in Bloomington. Owned and managed by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to helping our Residents feel at home. We offer several different floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Indiana University Campus.
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