Join the J.C. Hart Team! Click here to see our current job openings.

5 Questions To Ask On An Apartment Tour In Bloomington

May 28, 2020

Swimming pool at Bloomington apartment.
Touring an apartment is an important step in finding out that a particular community is for you. But while you’re inspecting the kitchen and closet space on your Bloomington apartment tour, it’s also a good time to ask your guide some in-depth questions. These questions work well to help you determine the atmosphere and personal attention the complex can give. After all, your apartment will be where you call home for a time, and it’s good to see just what you’re getting into. To begin, here’s a list of the 5 questions to ask on an apartment tour in Bloomington.

What’s The Community’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many communities market themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Bloomington, but that term means different things to different communities. Some buildings have dog breed restrictions or limit how many animals can live in the unit. Certain pet policies prohibit small animals, such as rats, hamsters, large birds, or lizards. And all pet policies typically charge additional rent for your animals -- and many may even charge a cleaning fee upon move out.

Asking about the pet policy is a no-brainer if you have a cat or dog, or you’re thinking of getting one very soon. After all, your pet needs to be just as comfortable in the apartment as you are. But it's also a good question to ask on an apartment tour if you’re not a pet owner. That way, you know what kinds of animals you might see on a day-to-day basis. We also recommend asking what pet-friendly amenities the community provides -- such as dog parks or convenient waste disposal bags.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

Many years ago, rent was typically paid by dropping off a check at the main office. These days, there could be different ways to pay rent. Does the complex have an app or can I use direct deposit? Can I put it on my credit card and acquire reward points for my rent? Some places may even allow you to pay through popular payment systems like PayPal or Venmo. Asking this question on an apartment tour can be key for those who are frequently out of town or want a more convenient way to pay rent.

Finding how the complex handles utilities can also save you expensive mistakes later on. What utilities come with rent? Are you able to add utilities to my rent check? Are utilities, like water, electric, and gas, determined by communal use or are they determined by individual apartments? Can I choose the internet, phone, or cable providers, or am I limited to the apartment contractor? These questions may seem cut and dry, but sometimes the answers are surprising.

What Amenities Will I Have Access To?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your Bloomington apartment tour should also include a quick peek. During your Bloomington apartment tour you should also look at the amenities and grounds. While an overview of what’s available is helpful, you may wish to probe further into residents' day-to-day usage of the communities’ amenities.

If you want to work out in the morning or late at night due to your daily schedule, go ahead and ask about the fitness center’s hours -- and when it’s most often used. Parents may wish to see what the children’s policy is for the fitness center or pool and hot tub. If you’d love an apartment that’s not only a place to lay your head down at night, but a community you can truly enjoy, it’s vital to get your amenities questions answered while on your apartment tour. The answers may be the decision point between two apartment complexes in Bloomington.

How Do I Request Maintenance?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you finish your apartment tour, be sure that you ask about how they handle maintenance. Maintenance policies and procedures can vary a lot, from 24-hour onsite availability to third-party maintenance that needs to be booked within regular business hours. Unforeseen problems do occur at times, but it’s how your maintenance requests are handled that can deeply influence how you feel about your apartment.

When you ask about maintenance, don’t be afraid to be thorough. Does the apartment have emergency on-site maintenance, or can they only perform repairs during the usual 9 to 5 business hours? Who do I call about a critical repair issue? Can I go online to submit a maintenance request? And how will I know when they’ve completed the repair? It’s also a good idea to ask what services won’t be done by maintenance staff, such as washer/dryer hookup or ceiling fan installation.

What’s Parking Like?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re taking your apartment tour in Bloomington, it’s good to ask what where you park your car. Do I need an assigned parking spot, or is it first come first serve? Do I need a parking sticker or hang-tag for my vehicle, and what if my family has two or more vehicles? Are there individual garages or carports available? And make sure to ask about the towing procedure. You don’t want to find the perfect apartment, but find out that you have to stalk the block for repeatedly to snag a curbside spot.

Echo Park Will Answer All Your Questions On Your Apartment Tour In Bloomington

Schedule your community tour with Echo Park today, and we’ll answer all your questions while giving you a tour of one of our apartments. Just call 812-578-7394 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And remember to ask your partner or roommates to , as they may ask some questions, too! Can’t visit the property? We have virtual tours!