I am in the middle of apartment hunting, and I'm getting too close to the end of my current lease for comfort, so I'm taking any opportunity I can to see showings, which sometimes can only happen during the work day.
At the company I recently started working for, it is common place for employees to take time off from work for doctor appointments and the like, either returning later in the day or declaring their intention to work from home for the remainder of the day. It is also common place to just elect to work from home for an entire day, for any reason. As long as people feel you're making a good contribution to the company, they don't seem to mind how long / when you work (this freedom only goes to a certain extent, I'm sure).
So far I've left work early a couple times to see apartments, saying I had an "appointment." But I feel if I keep leaving early for vague "appointments" it'll start to look like I'm just making excuses to ditch work.
My question is, would it be looked upon as an acceptable excuse to leave early if I actually clarify that these appointments are apartment showings? Obviously, the answer would vary from company to company, and the people who would know best would be my coworkers, but given the above, general workplace culture, and the challenges of finding quality affordable housing in a major US city, would this be acceptable?