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5 Questions To Ask During An Apartment Tour In West Lafayette

Walking through apartment tours is a crucial 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 leasing specialist some in-depth questions. These questions are good to help you get a glimpse of the atmosphere and personal attention the community can give. After all, your apartment will be where you call home for some time, and you should understand precisely what you’re getting into. 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 market themselves as pet-friendly apartments in West Lafayette, but that term can mean a few different things. 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 lizards. And all pet policies usually have a surcharge on 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, you want your pet to be just as happy 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 critters you might cross paths with on a consistent basis. Also think of asking what amenities the apartment complex offers pets -- like dog runs or free waste disposal sacks.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

20 years ago, rent was always paid by leaving payment at the front office. Today, there might be multiple ways to pay rent. Does the company have a mobile app or can pay by direct deposit? Can I pay by credit card and receive reward points for my rent? Some complexes might let you pay through trusted payment companies like PayPal or Venmo. Asking how you pay rent on an apartment tour can be important if you travel or need a more convenient way to pay rent.

Finding how the complex handles utilities can also make your life easier 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? Can I choose the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to use the same provider as everyone else in the community? These questions should be simple, but sometimes the answers can surprise you.

What Amenities Can I Use?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your West Lafayette apartment tour should also include a quick peek. During your West Lafayette apartment tour you should also look at the amenities and grounds. Although a broad understanding of what’s available 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 because of your personal schedule, go ahead and ask about the workout center’s hours -- and when it’s most often used. Moms and Dads may want to understand what the policy is for kids to use the gym 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 ask amenity questions during your apartment tour. The answers may be the decision point 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 practices can vary between companies, from on-site maintenance to contract repair that should be scheduled within operating business hours. Unforeseen problems do occur from time-to-time, but it’s how your community responds to your maintenance needs 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 normal business hours? Who do I contact for an urgent repair need? Is there an online form to complete request maintenance? And how will I be contacted when they’re done? It’s also a good idea to ask what work wouldn’t be covered by maintenance, such as washer/dryer installation or new paint.

Where Do I Park?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you ask questions on your apartment tour in West Lafayette, don’t forget to ask what how parking is handled. Am I assigned a space, or is parking open to whoever gets there first? Am I given 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 don’t forget to inquire about the towing policy. You don’t want to discover the perfect apartment, but learn that you have to circle the block for half an hour to find a curbside 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 taking you through one of our apartments. Simply call us at 765-300-4521 or click the “schedule a tour” button. And don’t forget to bring your partner or roommates, as they may have questions, too! Can’t make it to the property? We have virtual tours!

The Ivy Towns and Flats
1900 Foxglove Way
West LafayetteIndiana 47906
Phone: 765-300-4521
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The Ivy Towns and Flats
The Ivy Towns and Flats is a luxury apartment community located at Sagamore Pkwy W and Cumberland Ave. in West Lafayette. Owned and managed 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 any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Purdue University.
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