All you need is a vacuum cleaner. I'm not kidding.
Every time you visit an apartment candidate, bring the vacuum cleaner along and follow these easy "How to find the perfect apartment" instructions:
If you answered no... I'm sorry, you are not in front of the perfect apartment. Go and take an ice-cream, it helps.
Why is it perfect?First of all, your blood pressure will not rise every time you need to stop in the middle of the cleaning process, unplug the vacuum, find another plug and resume the vacuuming.
Moreover, if the apartment was truly easy to vacuum it can only mean that 1. it is small and 2. it has an open floor plan... and those, my dear friends, are the most important things to take into account when looking for a new apartment.
Here is why:
1. The apartment is small
Small apartments are fast to clean
Therefore, the apartment is fast to clean
2. The apartment has an open floor plan
Open floor plan apartments are perfect for socializing
Therefore, the apartment is perfect for socializing
If you go for that apartment, you will find yourself spending your weekends socializing instead of cleaning... think about it.