I remember when I was planning to move from Lewiston, Idaho to Las Vegas, Nevada. I knew no one in Vegas. I was searching for an apartment online and knew nothing of the neighborhoods. All I had was a city street map, a city transit schedule, and apartment rental ads. I was terrified about where I might end up!
I actually used one of the national apartment finding services. They provide reasonably thorough descriptions, almost always have photos and sometimes even have floor plans. I managed to rent a decent apartment, but it wasn’t really in the best of neighborhoods. I would have known that if the apartments ratings guide had been around back then.
Apartment Guide would have supplied me with the information I needed to choose a less industrial area which wouldn’t have been so dark and deserted at night. The internet has changed the way people do business and plan their lives. Places like Apartment Guide have made moving across country a little less risky.