4. BE FLEXIBLE
If you find the perfect apartment within walking distance of work, public transportation, and your favorite hangout, then don't get snagged on a start date that isn't perfect. If the monthly rent on the perfect apartment is a little more than you'd like to pay, but you can see yourself staying awhile, ask whether a longer lease with less of an annual increase might be possible. Be open to creative negotiations with your prospective landlord. Just don't push too much.