The Move

How to Tell If Your Apartment Has a Criminal Past

How to Tell If Your Apartment Has a Criminal Past

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s the spooky time of the year again, so let’s take a look at another one of apartment hunter’s nightmares – unknowingly renting a place with a criminal past. Yes, it can and does happen. It even happened to one of my fellow My First Apartment bloggers a few years ago.  In that case the…
Dealing with Renter’s Remorse

Dealing with Renter’s Remorse

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you’ve looked and looked for the perfect apartment (or you lucked out and inherited a room in a friend’s space, in which case everyone is jealous of you and you better appreciate it), and finally signed the lease! As stressful as it was to move and unpack, you finally did it.  Congrats.  Hopefully you…
I’m Moving To New York. But First, I’m Going To Visit.

I’m Moving To New York. But First, I’m Going To Visit.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When I was 12 years old, my family made a trip to New York, and I absolutely loved it. Ten years later, I am planning to move out there, and I’m very excited about it! My college friend Ande and I had the idea to make the move from San Francisco about a year ago,…
5 Tips for Making a Winning First Contact with Landlord

5 Tips for Making a Winning First Contact with Landlord

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you’ve found an apartment you really like. Now what? Pounce on it like a lioness with hungry cubs pounces on a wildebeest! Chances are you are not the only potential tenant vying for that unit. You may find yourself communicating with the landlord via email only. Here are a five ways to make your email (or…
Researching Neighborhoods Before The Move

Researching Neighborhoods Before The Move

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When I was planning my move to the mile-high city, the most important thing for me was researching Denver’s various neighborhoods to decide where I wanted to live. I grew up in suburban Des Moines, and went to college in a small Iowa town, so I expected that Denver, no matter where I lived, was…
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…