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Dont Make These Common Mistakes When Renting An Apartment In Westfield

July 01, 2021

Apartment building exterior

Apartment hunting may seem straightforward, but many Residents make mistakes when renting an apartment in Westfield. They exceed their budget, forget to research the area, agree to a lease without reading it, and never take photos upon moving in. Each of these omissions can diminish your renting experience. To make the most of your search and find the perfect apartment for you and your family, avoid these common mistakes.
Fitness Center in a Westfield apartment community.

Forgetting Routine Costs

A significant deciding factor in your apartment search should be your price limit. If you like an apartment that’s near the upper limit of your price range, don’t neglect to consider monthly bills. You might find that a pricier apartment includes utilities and in-unit laundry while you pay for those individually at a cheaper apartment. Every community charges differently for reserved parking and pet fees. You may also find that a community with amenities like a fitness center or pool saves you gym membership expenses.

Apartment community in Westfield 

Not Checking Out The Neighborhood

Not many Westfield Residents rent an apartment without a tour first, but don’t neglect to learn about the surrounding area too. To find out more about your community, drive through at various times and talk to the neighbors. Pay attention to traffic volumes, noise levels, and the area’s overall hospitality. Maybe you’ll discover that the quiet neighborhood you observe at 2 in the afternoon throws loud parties at night or has a traffic jam every day at 5 PM.

A search engine can assist you as well. Perform an internet search to find out more about shopping and attractions 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 attentively so that you understand what you’re agreeing to. If you feel off about something, read through it with a more knowledgeable friend or a lawyer. A Westfield tenant information hotline can provide assistance too.

You also need to understand your responsibilities as a Resident. Watch for any stipulations that you cannot honor. For example, if you want to sublet your apartment, but the lease forbids this, you should make other plans. 

Model apartment bedroom

Forgetting 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 you do, you have one more chore. To prevent penalty fees later, document existing damage and let the leasing office know. A great apartment community will have everything tidy and working correctly, but surprise issues can arise. The top communities will have a walk through before move-in with a maintenance technician to observe all existing problems with you.

Take photos and notes of anything that stands out. If your apartment community requests that you follow a move-in checklist, copy it to save for your records. And don’t hesitate to include problems that are not on their list.

Embark On Your Apartment Hunt With Union Street Flats

Begin your apartment search correctly by talking to Union Street Flats. Our Leasing Specialists are excited to take you around and answer questions about our lovely community and apartments. Call (317) 942-3629 or schedule a tour to learn more.