Monthly Archives: October 2012

After Hurricane Sandy: Your Emergency Kit Reminder

After Hurricane Sandy: Your Emergency Kit Reminder

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
To all our readers on the East Coast, we he hope you are safe and dry with minimal damage from Hurricane Sandy. Admittedly, the photos look both wild and unbelievable. That the unstoppable New York City could be waterlogged for days, if not weeks, feels surreal. But, if nothing else, this storm teaches us to…
Beyond Craigslist – A Brief Guide to Apartment-Hunting Web Sites

Beyond Craigslist – A Brief Guide to Apartment-Hunting Web Sites

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We recently listed a few resources for those who want to get off the beaten path and find an apartment without using the internet. But, of course, the web is an invaluable research tool, especially once you’ve figured out how to narrow your search, and how to harness the wealth of information without drowning in the onslaught. …
Sam’s Halloween Party 101

Sam’s Halloween Party 101

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, it’s almost Halloween; the holiday that once meant cruising your neighborhood with a pillowcase full of candy and that now, at least for me and my friends, means a party; dressing up, having drinks, and letting loose! In my opinion, a successful party doesn’t have to have extensive decorations, elaborate menus, expensive drinks, or an…
6 Common Roommate Personality Types – Which One is Yours?

6 Common Roommate Personality Types – Which One is Yours?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
ROOMMATE PERSONALITY TYPES by Sabrina Personality type plays a heavy role when searching for the perfect roommate. This means understanding your own personality and understanding what type of personality you are compatible with. Here are some of the stand-out personality types I have met during my roommate adventures.  (As for my own personality, I’m probably closest to…
Smart Tricks for Increasing Usable Space in Your Bedroom

Smart Tricks for Increasing Usable Space in Your Bedroom

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you move into your first apartment, you might be surprised at how small a space you have, particularly if you’re moving to a dense city like New York or San Francisco. Here you are, on your own, and you can’t even fit all your clothes in your bedroom! What are you to do? Well,…
Credit Score Traps – And How to Avoid Them

Credit Score Traps – And How to Avoid Them

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
What can affect your credit score? You may be surprised.  Of course, delinquent payments ding it, but even if you have been a completely reliable consumer and paid every single bill,  there are still other traps that can adversely affect your credit score. Alex and I learned this when we recently decided to look for a condo and…
Our 5 All Time Most Popular Posts

Our 5 All Time Most Popular Posts

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This is our post # 500, so to celebrate this momentous milestone, we are sharing with you again our five most popular posts since 2006. #1 In 2010, Alissa wrote a list of the first 10 items you need for your first apartment. It has been viewed more than 130,000 times. #2 In 2010, Alissa had another…
8 Ways to Find an Apartment Without Using the Internet

8 Ways to Find an Apartment Without Using the Internet

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Today’s guest blogger, Doug, reminds us that there are  more ways to find an apartment than clicking on Craigslist. FINDING AN APARTMENT WITHOUT USING THE INTERNET  by Doug The internet is the world’s greatest research tool. In case you haven’t heard, man, there’s a lot of information over there. And, clearly, we love the internet as much…
Kelsey Starts Her Roommate Life in LA

Kelsey Starts Her Roommate Life in LA

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With this post we welcome our newest guest blogger, Kelsey. STARTING MY ROOMMATE LIFE IN LA by Kelsey Hello! I’m Kelsey, a 22-year old recent college grad, and I have no idea what I want to do with my life, except that I want to do it in the beautiful sunny California where I went college.…
Thrift Shops: the Best Places for Furniture Bargains (and for a Good Cause)

Thrift Shops: the Best Places for Furniture Bargains (and for a Good Cause)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As you move into your first apartment, you quickly discover that furniture can be expensive, very expensive.  But, as a friend of mine says, furniture is one of those commodities that you can get at any price – it’s just as possible to have an aunt give you her old coffee table for free as it…