Searching for a new home

A couple of weeks ago my specialist tested my allergies. I grew up with asthma and allergies so I knew I would test positive to things like cats, dust mites, and molds. I was shocked to find out that I am highly allergic to birch trees. 

Out of all the apartment complexes in Syracuse we live in the complex where birch trees are like their prized possession. They are EVERYWHERE. They line all of the courtyards. If I open my bedroom window I could reach out and touch them if I wanted to.

Between being surrounded by birch trees and having carpets (awful for dust mites) my doctor suggested that we start apartment hunting. 

Ian and I spent some time pondering what we both want (and need) for our next space.

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What do you look for when you search for apartments. Do you have any tips?