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Avoid These Frequent Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Bloomington

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment searching may seem easy, but many Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Bloomington. They pay too much, forget to investigate the area, agree to a lease before reading it, and never take pictures after moving in. All of these mistakes can diminish the renting experience. To get the most out of your search and secure the right apartment for you and your family, don’t make these common faux pas.
Fitness Center in a Bloomington apartment community.

Overlooking Day-To-Day Expenses

One of the most major deciding factors in your apartment hunt should be your price range. If there’s an apartment that’s close to the top limit of your price range, don’t forget to add in recurring charges. You may learn that a pricier apartment includes in-unit laundry and utilities while you pay for those individually at a less expensive apartment. Different communities charge differently for reserved parking and pet fees. You may additionally find that a community with amenities like a fitness center or pool saves you the expense of a gym membership.

Apartment community in Bloomington 

Forgetting To Check Out The Neighborhood

Not many Bloomington Residents rent an apartment without touring it beforehand, but don’t neglect to learn about the neighborhood as well. To learn more about your neighborhood, drive around it at different times and talk to the neighbors. Pay attention to traffic volumes, noise levels, and general amiability of the area. Maybe you’ll see that the quiet neighborhood you observe at 2 in the afternoon hosts rowdy parties at night or has traffic congestion each day at 5 PM.

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

Rental lease agreement.

Signing The Lease Without Reading The Details

One of the most seen mistakes when renting an apartment in Bloomington is forgetting to read the details. Before you sign a lease, read it attentively so that you understand what you’re agreeing to. If you feel unsure of something, review it with a a lawyer or more knowledgeable friend. A Bloomington tenant information hotline can provide assistance as well.

You also need to know your responsibilities as a Resident. Watch for any points that you can’t follow. For instance, if you plan to sublet your apartment, but the lease forbids this, you should rethink your plans. 

Model apartment bedroom

Neglecting To Get Some Photos Upon Move-in Day

Once you’ve signed your paperwork and received the keys, you can move into your new apartment! But before moving in, you have one last job. To avoid penalty fees later, record pre-existing damage and tell the front office. A quality apartment community will make sure everything is tidy and functioning correctly, but unexpected issues can appear. The best communities will have a pre-move-in walk through with management and will identify any pre-existing damage together.

Take photos and notes of everything that stands out. If your apartment community asks you to fill out a move-in checklist, make a duplicate of it to save for your information. And feel free to include concerns that they don’t list.

Embark On Your Apartment Hunt At City Flats at Renwick

Start your apartment hunt off right with City Flats at Renwick. Our Leasing Specialists are happy to answer questions and show you around our lovely apartments and community. Call 812-578-7432 or schedule a tour to find out more.