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Five Questions To Ask During An Apartment Tour In Sylvania

Going on an apartment tour is a necessary step in deciding if that a particular community will work for you. But while you’re looking over the bathrooms and amenities on your Sylvania apartment tour, try to also use the time to ask your guide some deeper questions. These questions are good to help you determine the feel and personal attention the community can provide. After all, your apartment will be your home for some time, and it’s nice to understand precisely what you’re getting into. To begin, these are the five questions to ask during an apartment tour in Sylvania.

What Is The Apartment’s Pet Policy? 

Pets in a pet friendly apartment 

Many communities market themselves as pet-friendly apartments in Sylvania, but that term means different things to different communities. Some apartments have restrictions on the type of dog breeds they allow or limit how many pets can be in the unit. Some pet policies prohibit small animals, such as rats, hamsters, large birds, or reptiles. And all pet policies usually have a surcharge on rent for your pets -- and many may even have a cleaning charge when you move out.

Asking about the pet policy is a no-brainer if you have a cat or dog, or you’re thinking of getting one soon. After all, your pet needs to be just as comfortable in your apartment as you are. However, it's also a great question to ask on an apartment tour if you’re not a pet owner. That way, you know what types of pets you might run into on a consistent basis. You may also want to ask what pet-friendly amenities complex offers -- such as dog parks or convenient waste disposal bags.

How Will I Pay Rent And Utilities?

20 years ago, rent was typically paid by dropping off a check at the main office. Today, there might be multiple ways to pay. Does the complex have a mobile app or can pay by direct deposit? Can I pay by credit card and receive points for my rent? Some companies may even let you pay through trusted payment companies like PayPal or Venmo. Asking this question during an apartment tour can be important if you are frequently out of town or need an easier option for paying rent.

Finding how the complex handles utilities can also save you headaches in the future. What utilities are included with rent? Can you roll utilities into my rent check? Are utilities, like water, electric, and gas, determined by communal use or are they determined by each unit? Can I choose the internet, phone, or cable providers, or do I have to go with the apartment contractor? These questions may feel cut and dry, but sometimes the answers are different than you'd expect.

What Amenities Will I Have Access To?

Swimming pool in a JC Hart community

Your Sylvania apartment tour should also include a quick look. During your Sylvania apartment tour you should also walk through the amenities and grounds. Even though an overview of what a community offers is helpful, you may wish to ask more about the details of the complexes’ amenities.

If you prefer to exercise in the morning or late at night because of your personal schedule, go ahead and ask about the fitness center’s hours -- and when it’s the busiest. Families may like to know what the policy is for kids to use the playground or pool and hot tub. If you’re looking for an apartment that’s not only somewhere to sleep, but a community that enhances your lifestyle, it’s vital to get your amenities questions answered while on your apartment tour. What you learn may influence your final choice between two apartment complexes in Sylvania.

How Do You Handle Maintenance Requests?

Bedroom door of an apartment

Before you leave your apartment tour, remember to ask about how maintenance is handled. Maintenance practices can vary wildly, from on-site maintenance to contract maintenance that should be booked during operating business hours. Emergencies do crop up from time-to-time, but it’s how maintenance is able to respond that can deeply influence your apartment experience.

When asking about maintenance, don’t be afraid to be thorough. Does the complex have emergency on-site maintenance, or can personnel only perform repairs during regular business hours? Who do I talk to when I have a critical repair issue? Is there an online form to fill out a maintenance request? And how will I be contacted when they’re finished? You might even want to ask what work wouldn’t be performed by maintenance, such as washer/dryer hookup or new shelving.

What Is The Parking Situation?

Parking lot at a JC Hart community

When you ask questions on your apartment tour in Sylvania, it’s good to ask what you do with your car. Do I get an assigned space, or is parking by my building open to all residents? Am I given a parking sticker or hang-tag for my vehicle, and what if my family has two or more cars? Does the community have individual garages or carports? And remember to ask about any towing policies. The last thing you need is to find your dream apartment, but realize that you have to go around the block for repeatedly to find a curbside parking spot.

SOMO Will Answer All Your Questions During Your Apartment Tour In Sylvania

Schedule your tour with SOMO today, and we’ll answer each of your questions while giving you a tour of one of our units. Simply call us at (419) 843-0855 or hit the “schedule a tour” button. And it’s a good idea to ask your partner or roommates to come, too, as they could have questions, too! Can’t make it to the property? Virtual tours are available!

SOMO Flats
6455 Monroe St , Ste 100
SylvaniaOhio 43560
Phone: (419) 843-0855
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SOMO Flats is a luxury apartment community located at Main Street & Monroe Street in Sylvania. Owned and operated by the J.C. Hart Company, SOMO is committed to helping our Residents feel at home. We offer many floor plans and amenities to fit your lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Harroun Park.
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