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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 finding out that a particular community will work for you. But while you’re exploring the kitchen and amenities on your Fishers apartment tour, it’s also a great time to ask your tour guide some deeper questions. These questions work well to help you get a glimpse of the feel and personal attention the community can provide. Your apartment will be your home for a while, and it’s nice to know precisely what you’re signing up for. To begin, these are the 5 questions to ask on an apartment tour in Fishers.

What’s The Apartment’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many complexes promote themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Fishers, but that can be a fairly vague term. Some units have restrictions on dog breeds you can own, or how many pets can be in the unit. Some pet policies prohibit small animals, like rats, guinea pigs, large birds, or reptiles. And all pet policies most likely have a surcharge on rent for your animals -- and some may even have a cleaning charge upon move out.

Inquiring about the pet policy is a must if you own a cat or dog, or you’re wanting to get one in the near future. After all, your pet needs to be just as comfortable in the apartment as you are. But it's also a handy question to ask on an apartment tour if you’re not a pet owner. That way, you know what kinds of animals you might cross paths with on a day-to-day basis. You may also want to ask what amenities the apartment complex offers pets -- such as dog runs or convenient waste disposal sacks.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

20 years ago, rent was typically paid by leaving payment at the front office. Now, there could be different ways to make a rent payment. Does the company have an app or can they link direct deposit through my bank? Can I put it on my credit card and stack up points for my rent payment? Some places might allow you to pay through popular payment systems like Venmo or PayPal. Asking how you pay rent during an apartment tour can be important if you are frequently out of town or require a cashless way to pay rent.

Understanding how utilities work can also make your life easier later on. What utilities are included? Are you able to roll utilities into my rent check? Are utilities, such as water and gas, set by communal use or are they calculated by individual apartments? Can I choose the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to use the same provider as everyone else in the community? These questions may feel cut and dry, but sometimes the answers are different than you'd expect.

What Amenities Will I Have Access To?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your Fishers apartment tour should also include a quick peek. During your Fishers apartment tour you should also walk through the amenities and grounds. Even though an overview of what a community offers is good, you may like to ask more about the details of the communities’ amenities.

If you prefer to exercise early or at night because of your daily schedule, go ahead and ask about the fitness center’s hours -- and when it’s most often used. Moms and Dads 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 space to lay your head down at night, but a community you can truly enjoy, it’s crucial to get your amenities questions answered during your apartment tour. The answers may be the deciding factor between two apartment complexes in Fishers.

How Do I Request Maintenance?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you finish your apartment tour, be sure that you ask about how maintenance is handled. Maintenance policies and procedures can vary wildly, from 24-hour onsite availability to third-party contractors that needs to be booked within operating business hours. Emergencies do occur sometimes, but it’s how your community responds to your maintenance needs that can deeply influence your apartment experience.

When you ask about maintenance, it’s good to be thorough. Does the apartment have emergency on-site maintenance, or can they only work on repairs during normal business hours? Who do I talk to when I have a critical repair issue? Is there an online form to submit a maintenance request? And how will I know when they’re finished? It’s also a good idea to ask what services wouldn’t be performed by maintenance staff, like washer/dryer hookup or ceiling fan installation.

What Is The Parking Situation?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re on your apartment tour in Fishers, it’s good to ask what how parking is handled. Do I get an assigned parking spot, or is it first come first serve? Will I receive a sticker or hang-tag for my car, and what if my family has multiple cars? Are there individual garages or carports available? And remember to inquire about the towing procedure. The last thing you need is to find your ideal apartment, but realize that you have to stalk the block for half an hour to get a curbside space.

The Flats at Switch Will Answer All Your Questions During Your Apartment Tour In Fishers

Schedule your tour with The Flats at Switch today, and we’ll answer each of your questions while giving you a tour of the perfect apartment home. Just call us at 317-597-5275 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And don’t forget to bring your partner or roommates, as they may ask some questions, too! Can’t visit the property? We have virtual tours!