The Move

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 —…
How I Did My Long Distance Apartment Search

How I Did My Long Distance Apartment Search

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’ve ever tried remotely searching for an apartment in a new city, then you know it’s not exactly easy. When I was still living in Des Moines, Iowa, but planning my move to Denver, I spent hours on the internet, just searching for apartments. After figuring out which neighborhoods I wanted to focus on,…
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,…