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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Bloomington

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment searching might appear easy, but many Residents find themselves making mistakes when renting an apartment in Bloomington. They pay too much, don’t research the neighborhood, sign a lease before reading it, and never snap photos when moving in. All of these omissions can ruin your renting experience. To make the most of your search and find the perfect apartment for your family, don’t make these common faux pas.
Fitness Center in a Bloomington apartment community.

Forgetting Recurring Expenses

One of the most major deciding factors in your apartment search is your price range. If you like an apartment that’s at the upper limit of your price range, don’t forget to add in recurring bills. You might learn that a pricier apartment includes in-unit laundry and utilities while you pay for those individually at a cheaper apartment. Each community charges differently for pet fees and reserved parking. You may also figure out that a community with perks like a fitness center or pool saves you the expense of a gym membership.

Apartment community in Bloomington 

Not Researching The Neighborhood

Few Bloomington Residents move into an apartment without touring it first, but don’t forget to check out the surrounding area as well. To learn more about your community, drive through at various times and talk to the neighbors. Note traffic volumes, noise levels, and the area’s general hospitality. Maybe you’ll see that the calm neighborhood you observe at 2 in the afternoon hosts rowdy parties at night or has congested traffic each day at 5 PM.

A search engine can help you as well. Perform an internet search to find out more about shopping and attractions in that part of Bloomington, the schools, your new commute, and more.

Rental lease agreement.

Signing The Lease Without Understanding The Details

One of the most common mistakes when renting an apartment in Bloomington is not reading the details. Before you sign a lease, read it attentively so that you understand what you’re getting. If you are unsure of something, review it with a a lawyer or more experienced friend. A Bloomington tenant information hotline can provide assistance as well.

You also need to know your duties as a Resident. Look for any points that you aren’t able to follow. For example, if you want to sublet the apartment, but the lease prohibits this, you should make other plans. 

Model apartment bedroom

Forgetting To Get Some Pics On Move-in Day

After you’ve signed your paperwork and received the keys, you can live in your new apartment! But before you move in, you have one last task. To save yourself from penalty fees later, record any found damage and let the leasing office know. A great apartment community will make sure everything is clean and functioning properly, but unforeseen problems can occur. The top communities will arrange a pre-move-in walk through with a maintenance technician to identify all pre-existing problems together.

Take photos and notes of everything that bothers you. If your apartment community asks you to use a move-in checklist, make a duplicate of it to keep for yourself. And don’t hesitate to include concerns that are not on their list.

Start Your Apartment Hunt With City Flats on Tenth

Start your apartment search off correctly with City Flats on Tenth. Our Leasing Specialists are excited to answer questions and show you around our attractive community and apartments. Call 812-561-1974 or schedule a tour to learn more.