Monthly Archives: January 2013

Alexandra’s One Big IKEA Shopping Spree Gets Her Studio Furnished!

Alexandra’s One Big IKEA Shopping Spree Gets Her Studio Furnished!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Just when you thought the hard work had all been done – you’ve found a place, negotiated with the landlord, signed the lease and collected the keys – you open the doors to nothing more but a shell. It is then that the real task begins – furnishing your new apartment. For some, the term…
Roommates and Overnight Guests:Tips to Avoid Problems

Roommates and Overnight Guests:Tips to Avoid Problems

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ben Franklin may have known about electricity, politics, bifocals and one or two other things, but one of his more overlooked gifts to posterity is this immortal observation: “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” What he didn’t say is this: If they’re your roommate’s guests, rather than your own, the smell can…
How I Got My First New York City Apartment …and What I Learned

How I Got My First New York City Apartment …and What I Learned

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Lets get something very clear: there is little point in searching the Internet to find your dream apartment, because even if you find it online, there is a large chance it is not available for lease and perhaps never was. Or so implied the broker I began speaking to, in the hope of getting my own…
Starting to Decorate and Furnish Your First Apartment

Starting to Decorate and Furnish Your First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We’d all love to have Martha Stewart’s living room … a splash of color here, a nice piece of  furniture over there …  but for those of us without Ms. Stewart’s experience and budget, decorating isn’t just about choosing the right furniture – it’s a combination of financial savvy, an eye for design, and the…
10 Top Safety Checks in Your New Apartment

10 Top Safety Checks in Your New Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
After you’ve found your dream first apartment following our countdown advice on getting ready and conducting the search, run through our guest blogger Tiffany’s safety checklist before you sign on the dotted line. 10 Top Safety Checks in Your New Apartment Safety is a taboo word for apartment professionals, but it should be the top…
Alexandra’s AirBnB Experiences in Manhattan

Alexandra’s AirBnB Experiences in Manhattan

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our newest blogger, Aussie Chick Alexandra has landed in Manhattan with her two tightly packed suitcases and reports on her actual AirBnB experiences. (She had narrowly escaped getting scammed early on.) Using AirBnB in Manhattan – This time was different! Each time in the past that I have used AirBnb as an accommodation tool, I have leased…
Countdown to Your First Apartment: 4 Steps to Conducting Your Search

Countdown to Your First Apartment: 4 Steps to Conducting Your Search

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re looking to move into an apartment for the first time, you’re in luck: this is part two of our three-part series. Today’s topic is how to search for your place. Last week we talked about getting ready (i.e., budgeting, saving for moving costs, and credit scores) and next week we’ll have a discussion…
Beat the Cold with Sam’s Five Onion Soup

Beat the Cold with Sam’s Five Onion Soup

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the winter weather closing in, soup sales are up and salad sales are down at the on-campus restaurants here are the Culinary Institute of America. Nothing is better on a cold day than a hearty, heart-warming bowl of homemade soup! The best thing about making soup at home is that you can use leftover…
Decorating with Roommates

Decorating with Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Your home is a reflection of you. The color tells us about your character, the many accessories tell us about your interests, and the positioning tells us about your thoughts. Decorating with roommates can make the shared living situation more interesting with an explosion of different ideas. However, danger lurks when each roommate’s unique flare…