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Dont Make These Common Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Westfield

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment shopping might appear easy, but many Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Westfield. They exceed their budget, neglect to check out the surrounding community, sign a lease without reading it, and fail to take photos when moving in. All of these oversights can spoil the renting experience. To make the most of your hunt and secure the perfect apartment for you and your family, don’t make these frequent faux pas.
 
Fitness Center in a Westfield apartment community.

Overlooking Routine Costs

One of the most major deciding factors in your apartment hunt is your price range. If there’s an apartment that’s at the upper limit of your price range, don’t forget to consider monthly expenses. You might find that a more costly apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those individually at a cheaper apartment. Individual communities charge differently for things like pets and detached garages. You may additionally find that a community with perks like a fitness center or pool saves you the expense of a gym membership.

Apartment community in Westfield 

Not Investigating The Neighborhood

Few Westfield Residents move into an apartment without a tour beforehand, but don’t neglect to look at the neighborhood too. To find out more about your community, explore it at various times and talk to the neighbors. Note noise levels, traffic volumes, and the area’s general hospitality. Maybe you’ll find that the peaceful neighborhood you observe at 2 PM throws rowdy parties at night or has traffic congestion every day at rush hour.

Search engines can assist you as well. Perform an internet search to learn more about attractions and shopping in that part of Westfield, the school district, your new commute, and more.

Rental lease agreement.
 

Signing The Lease Without Reading The Fine Print

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

You should also know your responsibilities as a Resident. Watch for any specifications that you cannot follow. For instance, if you plan to sublet the apartment, but the lease prohibits this, you should make other plans. 

Model apartment bedroom
 

Forgetting To Get Some Pics Upon Moving In

Once you’ve signed your lease and gotten the keys, you can live in your new apartment! But before moving in, you have one last task. To save yourself from penalty fees later, note pre-existing damage and let the leasing office know. A quality apartment community will make sure everything is clean and working correctly, but surprise issues can appear. The best communities will arrange a pre-move-in walk through with management and will identify all existing problems 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 copy of it to keep for your records. And don’t hesitate to note problems that are not on their list.

Embark On Your Apartment Hunt At Harmony Apartment Homes

Start your apartment hunt off correctly with Harmony Apartment Homes. Our Leasing Specialists are excited to show you around and answer every question about our lovely community and apartments. Call (317) 795-0224 or schedule a tour to learn more.