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5 Questions To Ask On An Apartment Tour In Bloomington

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 storage space on your Bloomington apartment tour, it’s also a good time to ask your leasing specialist 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 exactly what to expect. To begin, here are 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 advertise themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Bloomington, but that term can mean many different things. Some units 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 have a surcharge on rent for your animals -- and many may even charge a cleaning fee when you leave.

Asking about the pet policy is a no-brainer if you have a cat or dog, or you’re considering adopting 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 don’t have a pet. That way, you know what types of pets you might see on a day-to-day basis. You may also want to ask what pet-friendly amenities the community offers -- such as dog parks or convenient waste disposal sacks.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

Many years ago, rent was typically paid by check at the front office. These days, there could be different ways to pay rent. Does the company 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 trusted payment companies like PayPal or Venmo. Asking this question while on an apartment tour can be important if you are frequently out of town or need a more convenient way to pay rent.

Finding how the complex handles utilities can also save you expensive mistakes in the future. 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 each individual apartment? Do I have a choice on the internet, phone, or cable providers, or am I limited to the same provider as everyone else in the community? These questions may seem basic, 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. Even though an overview of what’s available is helpful, you may wish to probe further into residents' day-to-day usage of the apartment community’s amenities.

If you’d like to work out 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. Families may wish to see what the policy is for children to use 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 to fully enjoy, it’s vital to get your amenities questions answered on your apartment tour. The answers may be the deciding factor 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 contract repair that has to be booked within regular business hours. Unforeseen problems do crop up at times, but it’s how your maintenance requests are handled that can deeply influence your apartment experience.

When you ask about maintenance, go ahead and be thorough. Does the complex have emergency on-site maintenance, or can personnel only perform repairs during the usual 9 to 5 business hours? Who do I call about a critical repair issue? Is there an online form to submit a maintenance request? And how will I be notified when they are finished? You might even want 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 how parking is handled. Am I assigned a 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? Does the community have individual garages or carports? And make sure to ask about the towing procedure. You don’t want to find the perfect apartment, but learn that you have to stalk the block for repeatedly to snag a curbside parking spot.

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

Schedule your apartment 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!

Echo Park Bloomington
2780 S Walnut Street Pike
BloomingtonIndiana 47401
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Echo Park Bloomington
Echo Park Bloomington Apartments is a luxury apartment community located at E Winslow Rd and Walnut Pike in Bloomington. Operated by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to helping our Residents feel at home. We offer various floor plans and amenities to fit your lifestyle, and our Residents love living near downtown Bloomington.
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