The Move

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…
How to Avoid Your First Apartment Rental Scams

How to Avoid Your First Apartment Rental Scams

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As much as I want to believe in the good of all people in the world, especially the good of those people who want you to write a rather large check to them, you have to admit to yourself that there are enough people who are willing to take advantage of you, and run off…
5 Reasons Why Looking for Your First Apartment is Not like House Hunters

5 Reasons Why Looking for Your First Apartment is Not like House Hunters

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re as addicted to HGTV’s House Hunters as I am, you probably actually look forward to moving, because it just looks like so much fun to find a new place!  Unfortunately, this reality show is just like the rest of them: not reality.  And on top of that, many people on the show aren’t looking…
Rent is HOW MUCH? – Apartment Hunt Starts in DC

Rent is HOW MUCH? – Apartment Hunt Starts in DC

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in one of the richest counties in America seems great…until you begin to search for your own place. I’m currently at home with my parents as I finish up law school because, you know, it’s smart and frugal and a little crazy. It is time to fly away from the coop now that I…