The Move

Little Things I Wish I’d Considered When I Signed the Lease

Little Things I Wish I’d Considered When I Signed the Lease

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When choosing an apartment I looked for huge items such as cost, a safe living environment, accessibility to a metro station, and getting the most bang for my buck. But I also wish I consider some other items that didn’t even cross my mind. 1) Receiving Packages- I do not have a doorman which makes…
Finding a Sublet (and Sealing the Deal)

Finding a Sublet (and Sealing the Deal)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving to a new city? Woohoo! Adventure! Change! Terror! Yes, moving to a new city can stir up a lot of feelings. It can feel overwhelming, especially because you may not know much about the place. What are the neighborhoods like? Where is your favorite coffee shop? What’s the public transportation like? These are all things you might want…
Renting an Apartment Abroad

Renting an Apartment Abroad

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, you are thinking about living abroad for a few months, eh? Whether you will be studying there for a semester, just need a vacation, or are looking for an overseas paradise to call home for a while, here are a few tips to get you situated abroad. While you may need to juggle language…
Downsizing from a 1-Bedroom Apartment to a Friend’s Closet

Downsizing from a 1-Bedroom Apartment to a Friend’s Closet

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Space is a hot commodity in apartments these days. Some say that location is everything, but if you’re looking at a space with unusually large or abundant closets, the landlord/broker will inevitably point out and brag about how much storage there is. I have certainly fallen prey to this temptation. Your mind begins to wander when…
From the MFA Mailbag – How to Assert Independence from Your Parents

From the MFA Mailbag – How to Assert Independence from Your Parents

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
MFA Mailbag recently received this email asking for our guidance: “I left my parents’ house on good terms. Great terms, even. After I left for college a few years ago, my relationship with my parents has only improved. When I wanted to move out, they agreed that it made sense for me to get an apartment in…
Pros and Cons of First Floor Living

Pros and Cons of First Floor Living

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Was your New Year’s Resolution to start looking for your own apartment?  Are you trying to learn the ins and outs of various types of apartments?  As a recent first-time apartment hunter, for me a big decision was whether I should pick an apartment on the ground level or on the second floor or higher.  I…
Competing for Housing with $$$Techies When You Make $

Competing for Housing with $$$Techies When You Make $

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When I moved across the country, jobless, just to shake things up, I hadn’t been reading up on just how expensive and competitive it is to find housing in the Bay Area; the area in the US that is most notorious for its tech startups. I knew San Francisco’s claim to fame as the most expensive city…
How Do I Rent From an Individual?

How Do I Rent From an Individual?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Renting a living space from an individual will be different experience than working with a company, but it can open doors for you to rent in a more personable, flexible, and friendly way! You may not have the convenience of 24/7 maintenance, a workout room, or the community gathering spaces of many apartment complexes, but…
Pre-Move Visit to New York City, and Why I’m Going To Move to Queens

Pre-Move Visit to New York City, and Why I’m Going To Move to Queens

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Six months ago, I made the decision to move to New York City after I graduate from college in December. As I was doing research and trying to find answers to all of my questions, I realized it would be best to just take a trip from my current home in San Francisco to visit…
From the Mailbag: “When to Begin Your Out-of-State Apartment Search”

From the Mailbag: “When to Begin Your Out-of-State Apartment Search”

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello, everyone! Welcome to the very first MailBag blog. We’re excited to kick this advice-oriented column into high gear, so mosey on over here to learn more about the idea of the MailBag and how to send in your very own questions! First up, My First Apartment reader, Alexus, sent us this really good —…