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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 a necessary step in knowing if that a particular community is for you. But while you’re exploring the kitchen and storage space on your Fishers apartment tour, it’s also a good time to ask your tour guide some deeper questions. These questions are good to help you determine the feel and tenant service the complex can offer. Your apartment will be your home for some time, and you should understand just what to expect. To begin, here’s a list of the 5 questions to ask during an apartment tour in Fishers.

What Is The Apartment’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many communities market themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Fishers, but that term means different things to different communities. Some units have dog breed restrictions or limit how many animals can be in the apartment. Certain pet policies prohibit small animals, such as mice, guinea pigs, large birds, or lizards. And all pet policies typically have a pet fee for your pets -- and many may even have a cleaning charge upon move out.

Inquiring about the pet policy is a must if you live with a dog or cat, or you’re thinking of getting one in the near future. After all, your pet needs to be just as at home in the apartment as you are. But it's also a handy question to ask on an apartment tour if you don’t own a pet. That way, you know what kinds of animals you might see on a regular basis. We also recommend asking what amenities the apartment community offers pets -- like dog parks or provided waste disposal bags.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

Many years ago, rent was always paid by check at the main office. These days, there might be multiple ways to pay rent. Does the company have an app or can they link direct deposit through my bank? Can I pay by credit card and acquire points for my rent payment? Some places may even allow you to pay through trusted payment systems like PayPal or Venmo. Asking this question on an apartment tour can be important for residents who are frequently out of town or need a cashless way to pay rent.

Finding how the complex handles utilities can also save you headaches in the future. What utilities are included with rent? Are you able to add utilities to my rent check? Are utilities, like water and gas, determined 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 company as the other residents? These questions may seem simple, but sometimes the answers are surprising.

What Amenities Can I Use?

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 see the amenities and grounds. Even though an overview of what’s available is good, you may wish to ask more about residents' day-to-day usage of the complexes’ amenities.

If you want to exercise in the morning or late at night due to your daily schedule, be sure to ask about the hours of the exercise center -- and when it’s most often used. Parents may want to see what the children’s policy is for the playground or pool and hot tub. If you’d love an apartment that’s not just a place to lay your head down at night, but a community that enhances your lifestyle, it’s crucial to get your amenities questions answered while on your apartment tour. What you learn may be the decision point between two apartments in Fishers.

What Happens If I Need Maintenance?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you finish your apartment tour, make sure that you ask about the maintenance situation. Maintenance practices can vary wildly, from 24-hour emergency response to contract repair that needs to be scheduled within normal business hours. Emergencies do crop up at times, but it’s how maintenance is able to respond that can deeply influence your living situation.

When you’re asking about maintenance, go ahead and be thorough. Does the community have emergency on-site maintenance, or can they only work on repairs during normal business hours? Who do I talk to when I have an emergency? Is there an online form to submit a maintenance request? And how will I be contacted when they’re finished? You might even want to ask what services isn’t done by maintenance staff, such as washer/dryer installation or new shelving.

What Is The Parking Situation?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re taking your apartment tour in Fishers, don’t forget to ask what you do with your car. Do I need an assigned parking spot, or is parking open to whoever gets there first? Will I receive a sticker or hang-tag for my car, and what happens if my family has multiple cars? Does my lease include an individual garage or carport? And don’t forget to ask about the towing procedure. The last thing you need is to find your dream apartment, but learn that you have to go around the block for half an hour to find a curbside parking spot.

The District Will Answer All Your Questions On Your Apartment Tour In Fishers

Schedule your apartment tour with The District today, and we’ll answer all your questions while giving you a tour of one of our apartments. Simply call us at 317-576-3057 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And don’t forget to ask your partner or roommates to come, too, as they could have questions, too! Can’t make it to the property? We offer virtual tours!