Everything you need to know, from stoves to floors, in one simple chart.

By Real Simple
Updated April 06, 2015
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Apartment hunting for the first time can be confusing. Should you splurge for central air, or will window units do the trick during the dog days of August? Hardwood floors or carpeting? Gas stove or electric? The top floor or bottom? Before you give up and move back home with mom and dad, check out this easy-to-follow chart—excerpted from our new book—that has all the answers.

Excerpted from The Real Simple Guide to Real Life: Adulthood Made Easy. Copyright © 2015 Time Inc. All rights reserved.