Apartment shopping might appear simple, but some Residents find themselves making mistakes when renting an apartment in Westfield. They exceed their budget, neglect to research the neighborhood, agree to a lease before reading it, and never take pictures upon moving in. Each of these oversights can spoil the renting experience. To get the most out of your search and secure the perfect apartment
for you, don’t make these frequent mistakes.
Forgetting Recurring Expenses
One of the most major deciding factors in your apartment search is your price range. If you find an apartment that’s near the top of your budget, don’t forget to consider monthly bills. You might find that a more expensive apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those separately at a cheaper apartment. Each community charges differently for reserved parking and pet fees. You might additionally find that a community with features like a pool or fitness center saves you the expense of a gym membership.
Neglecting To Research The Neighborhood
Few Westfield Residents move into an apartment without touring it first, but don’t neglect to check out the surrounding area too. To learn more about your neighborhood, explore it at different times and speak to the neighbors. Note traffic volumes, noise levels, and the area’s general friendliness. Maybe you’ll find that the calm neighborhood you see at 2 PM hosts rowdy parties at night or has traffic congestion every day at 5 PM.
Search engines can help you as well. Perform an internet search to find out more about attractions and shopping in that part of Westfield, the schools, your new commute, and more.
Signing The Lease Before Reading The Details
One of the most common mistakes when renting an apartment in Westfield is forgetting to read the details. Before you sign a lease, read it methodically so that you understand what you’re signing. If you are unsure of something, review it with a a lawyer or more experienced friend. A local tenant information hotline can provide assistance as well.
You also need to understand your obligation as a Resident. Look for any requirements that you aren’t able to follow. For example, if you want to sublet the apartment, but the lease forbids this, you should rethink your plans.
Neglecting To Get Some Photos During Move-in Day
When you’ve signed your lease and received the keys, you are ready to live in your new apartment! But before moving in, you have one final task. To avoid penalty fees later, note existing damage and notify the front office. A quality apartment community will have everything tidy and workingproperly, but unexpected problems can arise. The best communities will schedule a pre-move-in walk through with a maintenance technician and will document all existing problems together.
Take notes and photos of everything that stands out. If your apartment community requests that you use a move-in checklist, copy it to save for your records. And feel free to include issues that they don’t list.
Begin Your Apartment Hunt With Ashley Place Apartments
Start your apartment search off right with Ashley Place Apartments. Our Leasing Specialists are happy to answer all of your questions and show you around our lovely community and apartments. Call (317) 689-0173 or schedule a tour to learn more.