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5 Questions To Ask During An Apartment Tour In Bloomington

Touring apartments is a necessary step in deciding if that a particular community is where you want to live. But while you’re exploring the apartment floor plan and amenities on your Bloomington apartment tour, it’s also a great time to ask your leasing specialist some deeper questions. These questions are good to help you get a glimpse of the feel and resident service the community can offer. After all, your apartment will be where you call home for a while, and it’s nice to understand just what to expect. To get you started, these are the 5 questions to ask on an apartment tour in Bloomington.

What’s The Apartment’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many complexes advertise themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Bloomington, but that can be a fairly vague term. Some buildings have dog breed restrictions or limit how many pets can be in the apartment. Certain pet policies prohibit small animals, such as mice, guinea pigs, birds, or lizards. And all pet policies usually have a surcharge on rent for your pets -- and many may even have a cleaning charge when you move out.

Finding out about the pet policy is a no-brainer if you live with a dog or cat, or you’re thinking of getting one soon. After all, your pet needs to be just as at home in the apartment as you are. However, it's also a great question to ask on an apartment tour if you don’t own a pet. That way, you know what animals you might run into on an everyday basis. You may also want to ask what pet-friendly amenities complex has -- such as dog runs or convenient waste disposal sacks.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

Many years ago, rent was always paid by check at the front office. Today, there might be different ways to pay. Does the community have an app or can pay by direct deposit? Can I use my credit card and acquire reward points for my rent payment? Some places might even allow you to pay through third-party payment systems like PayPal or Venmo. Asking this question on an apartment tour can be important for residents who travel or require a cashless option for paying rent.

Learning the details about utilities can also save you headaches during your lease. What utilities come with rent? Are you able to roll utilities into my rent check? Are utilities, like water, electric, and gas, 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 am I limited to the same company as the other residents? These questions may feel cut and dry, but sometimes the answers are different than you'd expect.

What Amenities Can I Use?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your Bloomington apartment tour should also include a quick look. During your Bloomington apartment tour you should also see the amenities and grounds. Although a short overview of what a community offers is nice, you may want to ask more about residents' day-to-day usage of the complexes’ amenities.

If you’d like to exercise early or late at night due to your work schedule, be sure to ask about the workout center’s hours -- and when it’s the busiest. Families may wish to know what the policy is for children to use the gym 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 to fully enjoy, it’s vital to ask amenity questions while on your apartment tour. What you learn may influence your final choice between two apartment communities in Bloomington.

What Happens If I Need Maintenance?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you leave your apartment tour, make sure that you ask about the maintenance situation. Maintenance policies and procedures can vary between companies, from 24-hour emergency response to outside maintenance that needs to be reserved during operating business hours. Emergencies do crop up sometimes, but it’s how your maintenance requests are handled that can deeply influence how you feel about your apartment.

When asking about maintenance, it’s good to be thorough. Does the community have 24-hour on-site maintenance, or can personnel only do repairs during the usual 9 to 5 business hours? Who do I talk to when I have a critical repair issue? Can I go online to complete request maintenance? And how will I know when they are done? It’s also a good idea to ask what services wouldn’t be performed by maintenance, like washer/dryer installation or ceiling fan installation.

What Is The Parking Situation?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re taking your apartment tour in Bloomington, remember to ask what how parking is handled. Am I assigned a space, or is parking by my building open to all residents? Am I given a sticker or hang-tag for my vehicle, and what if my family has two vehicles? Does the community have individual garages or carports? And remember to inquire about the towing procedure. The last thing you need is to discover your dream apartment, but realize that you have to go around the block for repeatedly to snag a curbside spot.

City Flats on Walnut Will Answer All Your Questions During Your Apartment Tour In Bloomington

Schedule your apartment tour with City Flats on Walnut today, and we’ll answer each of your questions while taking you through one of our units. Just call 812-578-8827 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And remember to ask your partner or roommates to , as they may have questions, too! Can’t visit the property? Virtual tours are available!

City Flats on Walnut
700 N. Walnut St.
BloomingtonIndiana 47404
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City Flats on Walnut
City Flats on Walnut is a luxury apartment community located at E 10th St. and N Walnut St. in Bloomington. Owned and operated by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to making a place our Residents can call home. We offer many floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Indiana University Campus.
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