Before we bought our own house, we used to live in an apartment complex. Fortunately for us, the husband's older daughter was already living in the same complex so we did not have to get online to read reviews to want to know more about the place. We took her word that it was a safe place with fair management. She was right about the first but not about the management as per our experience.
Some people do not have the same experience as we did. They have to actually work to find a suitable apartment complex to live in. Fortunately for them, there is apartments.com which is a website that lists available apartment complexes in different states. All a person needs to do is type in a zip code and a page with a list of apartments that are open to renters pops up. It is not just a list though, it also contains photos, floor plans, and a map to show where the complex is located. The website is easy to navigate, and provides needed information that a prospective renter will want to know. I tried to type in the zip code of the place where we used to live and it gave me a list of familiar names of apartment complexes that are in the area.
It is a good thing, having a website like apartments.com available, because it gives prospective renters a chance to look at places to rent without having to drive around and waste gas. This makes the process of elimination easier, making the list of places to "look at" shorter and decision making faster. It is made even easier because apartments.com has a mobile App that one can use on iPhone, iPad, or android.
If you, or anybody you know, happen to be looking for an apartment to rent, try to do it using apartments.com. In a time when gas cost so much, it is prudent to do your selection at home so you do not have to be running from one apartment complex to the next wanting to know whether or not you will like the place. Be smart! And if you want to know more, you might want to follow apartments.com on Twitter (@aptscom). I did, just in case one of the husband's older kids will need it.