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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Bloomington

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment searching might seem simple, but some Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Bloomington. They exceed their budget, forget to check out the surrounding community, sign a lease but don’t read it, and forget to take pictures after moving in. All of these errors can ruin your renting experience. To get the most out of your search and secure the perfect apartment for you, avoid these frequent mistakes.
 
Fitness Center in a Bloomington apartment community.

Overlooking Day-To-Day Costs

A major deciding factor in your apartment search is your price range. If you like an apartment that’s at the top of your price range, don’t neglect to add in recurring charges. You may learn that a pricier apartment includes in-unit laundry and utilities while you pay for those individually at a less expensive apartment. Each community charges differently for things like pets and detached garages. You might additionally 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 

Forgetting To Check Out The Neighborhood

Few Bloomington Residents rent an apartment without touring it beforehand, but don’t neglect to look at the neighborhood too. To find out more about your community, explore it at various times and talk to the neighbors. Pay attention to traffic volumes, noise levels, and overall amiability of the area. You may find that the quiet neighborhood you see at 2 in the afternoon has rowdy parties at night or experiences congested traffic each day at rush hour.

Google can help you as well. Do 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

Among the most made mistakes when renting an apartment in Bloomington is not reading the details. Before you sign the lease, read it carefully so that you know what you’re agreeing to. If you are uncertain about something, look over it with a a lawyer or more experienced friend. A Bloomington tenant information hotline can help too.

You should also understand your obligation as a Resident. Watch for any points that you can’t abide by. For example, if you want to sublet the apartment, but the lease precludes this, you should reconsider your plans. 

Model apartment bedroom
 

Neglecting To Snap Pictures Upon Moving In

When you’ve signed your paperwork and gotten the keys, you are ready to live in your new apartment! But before moving in, you have one more task. To prevent penalty fees later, note existing damage and show management. A great apartment community will make sure everything is clean and working correctly, but unforeseen problems can arise. The top communities will arrange a walk through prior to move-in with management to identify all pre-existing damage with you.

Take photos and notes of anything that stands out. If your apartment community asks you to fill out a move-in checklist, make a duplicate of it to save for your information. And feel free to add issues that are not on their list.

Begin Your Apartment Search At City Flats on Walnut

Start your apartment hunt off right with City Flats on Walnut. Our Leasing Specialists are excited to take you around and answer all of your questions about our attractive community and apartments. Call 812-578-8827 or schedule a tour to learn more.