Of course, a determining factor in the choice becomes your budget. Therefore, first step to make better choice is to define what should be in the apartment, and what is not very necessary. However, this should not be an empty room with not equipped kitchen, bathroom and living room.
So, you should have a variety of apartment choice.
In addition, there must be the shopping center or department store close, where you can make purchases, as well as the bus stop where you can get to work.
Any respectable company is not afraid to give you the keys first and only then “take the money” – to sign a contract. Hence, if you have been offered to make the deal first, it is probably a scammer and it is better to ignore it.
Always give preference to reliable companies and owners, because "the сheapest is the dearest", and it's true.