If you are going to share a place, try to see the place together.
On your first time apartment hunting, don't take your checkbook with you. It will prevent impulse buys or discourage high pressure tactics.
Dress appropriately. Landlords don't have to let you have a place just because you want it.
Location - Is it convenient? Is it near public transportation? Make sure that your apartment is in a safe area, or on a safe street.
House or apartment? Each have advantages and shortcomings. Consider all of them before renting.
Is the building and grounds clean and maintained?
Look for safety features, such as smoke detectors, door and window locks, outdoor lighting, and fire extinguishers.
Are the doors sturdy? Is the lock a deadbolt? Is there a chain?
Closely look at the fridge and oven.
Are features like tennis courts and pools important to you?
Look for fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Check to see if the windows open.
Have a good look in the closets. Will all your clothes fit?
Try and evaluate how thin the walls between the bedrooms are. Thin walls can be a major source of squabbles.
Does the landlord seem friendly and responsible?
Do the potential neighbors seem compatible?
If you have any pets, make sure they're allowed.
Tips to help Renters Move
Make sure you ask friends and family to help you with your move. If you try to do it alone, you may end up breaking something or it may take you a lot longer than you think.
Collect boxes ahead of time. Stuffing your clothes in plastic bags does not work. Ask friends and family to save any boxes they have 4-5 weeks before you move. Start filling them with things you won't need right away like winter clothes.
Label you boxes with a magic marker. Write what is in the box and where it will go in your new home.
Leave time to clean your new place. Even though it may be empty, most tenants try to move in the first day they can. That leaves the landlord little time to do a thorough cleaning if the place was rented until the day you move in.
Expect to do some cleaning to the point you are comfortable.
Expect to do some repairs & painting in your new place. Ask the landlord if it is ok to paint rooms in your house or apartment. Many times there is no time between tenants switching that it is difficult to paint every year, and if it is painted the color may not be what you like. Try agreeing to paint if the landlord buys the paint, you will likely get permission.
Figure out where you want your belongings before you move them in. This will save time rearranging things later, and less things will get broken.
Do a walkthrough of the property before you move in. Put any problems in writing and present them to the landlord. Make sure you keep a copy until you move out.
Put your name(s) on the mailbox so the mailman knows who lives in your rental. Make sure you check with your landlord first.
Ask your landlord ahead of time about where you are allowed to store your belongings.