Many people do not realize this, but the standards you set for an apartment you are renting should not be the same as those you put in place when buying a home. This is a common error many make and it typically leads to a load of dissatisfaction.
One of the main issues is turning down a perfectly good apartment because you do not like the way that the walls look or something silly like that. Is it really a good idea to find the perfect place and turn it down because the walls are cream and not the stark white you were looking for? Considering the fact that most people look at apartments as temporary housing situations, you have to be a lot more flexible.
Another thing is getting upset over small things like the fact that the unit does not have a dishwasher. Sure, it would be great to have a machine do all of the dirty work, but there is no one out there who ever died because they had to wash dishes by hand. This is a luxury item and people need to stop adding it to their list of necessities.
The last thing I cannot stand is people being so focused on the neighborhood not being absolutely perfect. I have actually watched apartment hunting shows and had people turn down places because they were a mile from the neighborhood they wanted. They act like the difference is akin to the space between Earth and Saturn.
When you buy a home, these kinds of things should mean more since you are putting down some roots. Apartment hunters need to stop being so rigid. Doing so can make your quest for a nice place much longer than it has to be.