Beside that, you can ask some questions to the apartment owner, like the electricity, the water supply, the sanitation, and the apartment construction. The careless apartment checking will endanger your budget. If there is any cracked floor and wall in each rooms in apartment, you can request the apartment owners to repair them. You can also feel the apartment condition, is there any unexpected smoke such as high noisy or sunlight access inside.
Then, take some notes and pictures of each apartment you visit. It is the great way to check more detailed the objects inside the apartment. You can open the doors, the wardrobe doors, and the drawers. Or, you can switch on the shower and the lamp whether they run well or not. Within this ways, you can compare objectively one apartment with the others.
Before deciding the apartment, it is better for you to survey the areas around the apartment. You should spend much time to get some information about the apartment as the considerations whether it is close to such public places as supermarket, transportation, and hospital. If you have just moved in the new town, driving around the town is the best way to know the town well.