The Move

4 Lessons Learned from My U-Haul Move to DC

4 Lessons Learned from My U-Haul Move to DC

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We packed up the U-Haul and off we went at six in the morning. It was a smooth seven hour ride to Washington DC, with no traffic and cheap gas in Pennsylvania. Then we hit problems. So, here are some lessons I learned from my move. (Note: They will apply equally to all the other rent-a-truck companies,…
Complete Dorm Room Packing Checklist & Tips!

Complete Dorm Room Packing Checklist & Tips!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I remember the day I moved into my freshman dorm room very vividly for one very key reason — I had way too much stuff. Let me make this clear now. Dorm rooms are small, and if you’re sharing that tiny space with a roommate (which you can pretty much count on), the amount of the…
My Five Step Moving Plan Progress Report: 5 Stars!

My Five Step Moving Plan Progress Report: 5 Stars!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I am only a week away from the big move and now I feel couldn’t be more prepared. My last post was about my five step plan to find an apartment from afar and the best way to move without spending too much money. I think I have done just that. With my mother getting…
Update from Fullerton: Apartment Found, Move Done!

Update from Fullerton: Apartment Found, Move Done!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s been a while since my last post, but there’s a reason for that. Remember me mentioning my Reserve commitment to the Marine Corps? Well, I got to spend almost the entirety of June in beautiful (read: blistering hot wasteland) 29 Palms. Upon my return, exhausted, burnt, and wanting nothing but some time to relax,…
How I Moved Out …The Wrong Way!

How I Moved Out …The Wrong Way!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Just like most teenagers fresh out of high school with the newfound freedom of turning 18, I thought I was pretty much invincible. Along with my new freedom also came more money than I had ever had. Between the cash in my graduation cards and other income I’d saved, I had over $1000 all at…
Apartment Search from Afar with a Five Step Plan

Apartment Search from Afar with a Five Step Plan

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I am a 2014 engineering graduate with a seven hour move to make in August, from a small town to Washington, DC.  Moving to a location that is so far away is complicated, especially when you don’t have the time to visit the area. As any good engineer I have approached the upcoming move with a detailed plan…
How to Use Apps for Your Rental Search

How to Use Apps for Your Rental Search

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Now, I am a firm believer in getting a deal in a rental. I’ve learned that in addition to the fluctuations in the overall rental market, there are deals to be had depending on how long a particular unit has been available for rent. For example, an apartment complex I called told me that they do a “one month free” promotion…
Tips for College Grads on Renting in a New City

Tips for College Grads on Renting in a New City

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It is both a blessing and a curse that today’s job market means that many new graduates find themselves travelling across the country to find work. While the hunt for a job can be stressful, it’s important to approach it with an open mind and see it as a chance for adventure – who knows…
10 Ways to Know It’s Time to Leave Your Parent’s Home

10 Ways to Know It’s Time to Leave Your Parent’s Home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Since I accomplished many life goals I set myself, new ones have quickly emerged. I have now achieved educational and career success but all of that is shattered when I turn the key to my home, greet my parents, and climb the stairs to the room I’ve had since I was seven. I am 27…
NYC Rentals: 7 Reasons Why It’s Like No Other Apartment Search

NYC Rentals: 7 Reasons Why It’s Like No Other Apartment Search

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
While New York City is (in my opinion) the best city on earth, it easily becomes one of the worst cities when you’re looking for your own apartment. Whether you’ve lived here for years or are ready to relocate, the apartment search is stressful, and, like everything else in this town, expensive. Here are seven ways it’s different from…