Choosing the wrong apartment can be an expensive mistake. For example, renting an apartment sight unseen. Photos can look great, but photos also hide odors. And often times tenants willing to rent an apartment without seeing it are easy targets for scammers! Renters also often overlook renter's insurance because they think it's not worth it...for the minimal cost, it can certainly pay off during a crisis. And, I can't stress this enough, but communicate with your Landlord. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make sure you're getting straight answers regarding anything from roommates, to who covers what utilities, penalties for late rent or breaking your lease, the use of common areas, etc. The article below goes into a little more depth regarding some of the common mistakes renters might make.