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Five Questions To Ask During An Apartment Tour In West Lafayette

May 28, 2020

Swimming pool at West Lafayette apartment.
Going on an apartment tour is an important step in knowing if that a particular community is where you want to live. But while you’re exploring the bathrooms and amenities on your West Lafayette apartment tour, it’s also a good time to ask your guide some in-depth questions. These questions are good to help you get a glimpse of the atmosphere and tenant service the community can give. After all, your apartment will be where you call home for a while, and it’s good to know precisely what to expect. To get you started, here’s a list of the five questions to ask during an apartment tour in West Lafayette.

What’s The Apartment’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many complexes advertise themselves as pet-friendly apartments in West Lafayette, but that term means different things to different communities. Some units have dog breed restrictions or limit how many pets can live in the unit. Some pet policies prohibit small animals, such as rats, guinea pigs, birds, or snakes. And all pet policies typically charge additional rent for your pets -- and some may even charge a cleaning fee when you leave.

Finding out about the pet policy is a no-brainer if you own a dog or cat, or you’re thinking of getting one very soon. After all, your pet needs to be just as at home 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 critters you might run into on a consistent basis. Also think of asking what pet-friendly amenities the community offers -- like dog runs or provided waste disposal sacks.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

In the old days, rent was usually paid by leaving payment at the front office. Now, there might be multiple ways to pay. Does the complex have an app or can pay by direct deposit? Can I pay by credit card and receive reward points for my rent? Some places might let you pay through trusted payment companies like PayPal or Venmo. Asking how you pay rent on an apartment tour can be key if you are traveling a lot or want an easier way to pay rent.

Learning how the complex handles utilities can also save you headaches in the future. What utilities come with rent? Can you add utilities to my rent check? Are utilities, such as water, electric, and gas, determined by communal use or are they calculated by each unit? Do I have a choice on the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to use the apartment contractor? These questions should be simple, but sometimes the answers are different than you'd expect.

What Amenities Are Available?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your West Lafayette apartment tour should also include a quick look. During your West Lafayette apartment tour you should also look at the amenities and grounds. Although an overview of what a community has is helpful, you may want to inquire about residents' day-to-day usage of the complexes’ amenities.

If you prefer to work out in the morning or late at night due to your daily schedule, be sure to ask about the workout center’s hours -- and when it’s usually busy. Moms and Dads may want to understand what the policy is for kids to use the playground or pool and hot tub. If you’d love an apartment that’s not only somewhere to lay your head down at night, but a community to fully enjoy, it’s vital to ask about amenities during your apartment tour. The answers may be the deciding factor between two apartment communities in West Lafayette.

What Happens If I Need Maintenance?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you’re done with your apartment tour, be sure that you ask about how they handle maintenance. Maintenance policies and procedures can vary wildly, from on-site maintenance to contract repair that should be reserved within operating business hours. Unforeseen problems do crop up at times, but it’s how maintenance is able to respond that can deeply influence how you feel about your apartment.

When you’re asking about maintenance, it’s good to be thorough. Does the apartment have emergency on-site maintenance, or can personnel only work on repairs during operating business hours? Who do I contact for an urgent repair need? Can I go online to complete request maintenance? And how will I be contacted when they are done? You might even want to ask what work isn’t covered by maintenance, such as washer/dryer installation or ceiling fan installation.

Where Do I Park?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you’re on your apartment tour in West Lafayette, remember to ask what you do with your car. Am I assigned a space, or is it first come first serve? Do I need a parking sticker or hang-tag for my vehicle, and what happens if my family has multiple cars? Are there individual garages or carports available? And remember to inquire about the towing policy. The last thing you need is to discover your ideal apartment, but learn that you have to go around the block for half an hour to get a curbside parking spot.

The Ivy Will Answer All Your Questions On Your Apartment Tour In West Lafayette

Schedule your tour with The Ivy today, and we’ll answer each of your questions while showing you one of our apartments. Simply call us at 765-300-4521 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And remember to bring your partner or roommates, as they may have questions, too! Can’t make it to the property? We have virtual tours!