Always, at all times look into every nook of perspective units. Never settle to having a look see at the model unit. Chances are model units are perfect. Get into the actual place you are to rent. Check the toilets, pipes, faucet, lighting. Everything, really. The pressure that comes out of faucets and showers should be checked to make sure the pressure is all right.
If you are going to rent an furnished house, make sure the appliances are working. These guidelines would help anyone whether local or Rome apartments. As for the surroundings, you would also need to see the neighborhood. Check out the crime rate and make sure there is a fire exit of sorts. This has been a major issue for us as a family with the last landlady that we had. She promised to get a fire exit installed, our unit was then on the third floor. Apparently we really cannot be assured of anything unless it is written in contract.
Last but definitely not the least, size up your future landlord. This will basically spell out the “peace” (or lack of it) that you are going to have until your contract is served.