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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Bloomington

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment shopping may appear straightforward, but many Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Bloomington. They go over budget, forget to investigate the surrounding community, agree to a lease but don’t read it, and never snap photos upon moving in. All of these errors can diminish your renting experience. To get the most out of your hunt and find the right apartment for you, don’t make these common errors.
 
Fitness Center in a Bloomington apartment community.

Overlooking Day-To-Day Expenses

One of the most major deciding factors in your apartment hunt is your price range. If you like an apartment that’s approaching the limit of your price range, don’t forget to factor in recurring bills. You may discover that a pricier apartment includes in-unit laundry and utilities while you pay for those separately at a cheaper apartment. Every community charges differently for reserved parking and pet fees. You may also find that a community with perks like a pool or fitness center saves you the cost of a gym membership.

Apartment community in Bloomington 

Forgetting To Check Out The Neighborhood

Few Bloomington Residents move into an apartment without touring it first, but don’t forget to look at the surrounding area too. To find out more about your community, drive through at different times and talk to the neighbors. Pay attention to noise levels, traffic volumes, and the area’s general friendliness. You may see that the quiet neighborhood you observe at 2 in the afternoon throws roaring parties at night or has a traffic jam each day at 5 PM.

A search engine can assist you too. Perform 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

One of the most common mistakes when renting an apartment in Bloomington is not reading the details. Before you sign the lease, read it methodically so that you understand what you’re signing. If you feel unsure of something, review it with a more experienced friend or a lawyer. A local tenant information hotline can provide assistance too.

You should also know your obligation as a Resident. Watch for any conditions that you aren’t able to abide by. For example, if you plan to sublet the apartment, but the lease precludes this, you should rethink your plans. 

Model apartment bedroom
 

Neglecting To Snap Pictures On Move-in Day

After you’ve signed your lease and gotten the keys, you are ready to move into your new apartment! But before you do, you have one last task. To avoid future penalty fees, document existing damage and let the leasing office know. A great apartment community will make sure everything is tidy and functioning correctly, but unforeseen problems can occur. The best communities will have a walk through prior to move-in with management to identify all pre-existing damage together.

Take notes and photos of anything that stands out. If your apartment community asks you to use a move-in checklist, make a duplicate of it to save for your records. And don’t hesitate to add problems that are not on their list.

Embark On Your Apartment Search With Echo Park Bloomington Apartments

Begin your apartment hunt right by talking to Echo Park Bloomington Apartments. Our Leasing Specialists are happy to answer all of your questions and show you around our lovely community and apartments. Call 812-578-7394 or schedule a tour to learn more.