When I finally stashed away enough money to make a deposit, I set out looking for my first apartment. After working a full time job for several years while staying with our parents plus helping them out around the house whenever I could, I finally had enough money to financially support myself. As much as I care about our parents, I was ecstatic when I finally got the keys to my own place. But there was a single large caveat that I initially overlooked when applying for the lease. Many larger housing buildings don’t show you the exact apartment you’ll be living in. Because there is so much turn around from one lease holder to another, they like to keep this open ended. This way, they can make repairs, hire a professional cleaner, and slap on a fresh coat of paint. In smaller buildings, on the other hand, you can expect to see the unit you’ll be living in. For me, this was the first time I was signing a lease, so I chalked it up as normal procedure when the property owner kept making excuses for what unit he was going to put me in while repeatedly changing his mind, and it didn’t take long for me to realize why. The entire apartment was permeated with nicotine smell plus was so dire that the walls were a noticeably pale, light yellow with absolutely no fresh paint to speak of. Things got worse and worse when I contacted an Heating & Air Conditioning corporation to inspect the air method. They recommended that I replace everything—the air handler, the entire ductwork, plus every vent in the small apartment. It took the headache of taking the property owner to small claims court after they refused to make the repairs, however thankfully I was lawfully released from our lease plus filed the memory away as a life lesson.