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Stop Making These Frequent Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In West Lafayette

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment searching might appear straightforward, but many Residents find themselves making mistakes when renting an apartment in West Lafayette. They exceed their budget, neglect to research the neighborhood, sign a lease but don’t read it, and never snap photos after moving in. All of these errors can spoil the renting experience. To get the most out of your search and secure the perfect apartment for your family, avoid these frequent errors.
Fitness Center in a West Lafayette apartment community.

Overlooking Routine Expenses

One of the most major deciding factors in your apartment search should be your budget. If you like an apartment that’s approaching the limit of your budget, don’t neglect to consider recurring expenses. You might learn that a pricier apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those individually at a cheaper apartment. Individual communities charge differently for pet fees and reserved parking. You might also find that a community with features like a fitness center or pool saves you gym membership expenses.

Apartment community in West Lafayette 

Not Investigating The Neighborhood

Not many West Lafayette Residents move into an apartment without touring it beforehand, but don’t neglect to learn about the neighborhood too. To learn more about your neighborhood, explore it at various times and talk to the neighbors. Pay attention to noise levels, traffic volumes, and general amiability of the area. You may learn that the quiet neighborhood you see at 2 PM has roaring parties at night or has traffic congestion every day at rush hour.

Google can help you as well. Do an internet search to learn more about shopping and attractions in that part of West Lafayette, the schools, your new commute, and more.

Rental lease agreement.

Signing A Lease Without Understanding The Fine Print

One of the most made mistakes when renting an apartment in West Lafayette is not reading the details. Before you sign the lease, read it carefully so that you know what you’re signing. If you feel off about something, read through it with a more experienced friend or a lawyer. A West Lafayette tenant information hotline can provide assistance too.

You also need to understand your responsibilities as a Resident. Look for any specifications that you are unable to follow. For example, if you plan to sublet the apartment, but the lease forbids this, you should reconsider your plans. 

Model apartment bedroom

Neglecting To Get Some Pictures Upon Moving In

Once you’ve signed your lease and gotten the keys, you can move into your new apartment! But before moving in, you have one more chore. To prevent future penalty fees, note pre-existing damage and let the leasing office know. A quality apartment community will make sure everything is clean and functioning correctly, but surprise issues can appear. The top communities will arrange a walk through ahead of move-in with management and will document any existing problems together.

Take photos and notes of everything that bothers you. If your apartment community requests that you fill out a move-in checklist, copy it to save for your records. And don’t hesitate to note issues that they don’t list.

Start Your Apartment Hunt At The Ivy Towns and Flats

Start your apartment hunt off correctly with The Ivy Towns and Flats. Our Leasing Specialists are glad to take you around and answer every question about our lovely apartments and community. Call 765-300-4521 or schedule a tour to learn more.