The Move

5 Tips for Conducting a Successful Long-Distance Apartment Search

5 Tips for Conducting a Successful Long-Distance Apartment Search

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hunting for a first apartment is a stressful experience and mine was made doubly so because I was searching long distance. I am from Wisconsin, but my new job was in North Carolina. Thankfully, I was already somewhat familiar with the state because I had attended college there, but my new job was several hours…
From the MFA Mailbag – Our All-Time Favorite Letter From a Reader!

From the MFA Mailbag – Our All-Time Favorite Letter From a Reader!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My First Apartment’s mission statement has always been,  “When you are ready to move out on your own, we’ll help you step-by-step to make it happen.”  We don’t always know if we have achieved our mission, but a few days ago we received a letter from Jon J that gave our entire team a thrill…
How To Avoid Rental Scams

How To Avoid Rental Scams

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Apartment hunting is daunting and stressful enough, in the best possible circumstances, without having to worry if the room is real, or the landlord exists. Unfortunately, in today’s digitally-dependent landscape, rental scams are a sad fact of life. Rental scams are hard to keep track of and difficult to police, as mentioned in an article…
Subletting Woes, Part 1

Subletting Woes, Part 1

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Throughout the entirety of one of my recent sublets in Oakland, my focus repeatedly settled on a book on the bookshelf entitled, “Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life”. I never picked the book up, but every time I read the title, I wondered about Sonja. I should have listened to my…
Easy-Peasy Packing Supplies Checklist

Easy-Peasy Packing Supplies Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s inevitable. You’re in the midst of packing and you think you’re all ready, set to start boxing up all your junk when you realize… you forgot something really important. Maybe it’s tape. Perhaps markers. In my case, I often severely underestimate how many boxes I need. Friends, don’t let this happen to you. Here’s an easy-peasy…
International Student’s Guide to Finding Housing in the U. S.

International Student’s Guide to Finding Housing in the U. S.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You have just received your acceptance letter from your dream university in the United States and as you are celebrating with family and friends, someone asks you, “Where will you live?” You hadn’t thought about that. You go through the acceptance package, find the section about housing and realize that you have to find a…
Is It Time to Upsize?

Is It Time to Upsize?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This is the time of year when many first apartment leases are up and it’s time to decide should you to stay or move. So, is your apartment’s feeling a little cramped? Maybe you got a new roommate, or just let your things get a little out of control. It’s one thing to feel frustrated,…
The Ultimate Apartment Hunter’s Checklist

The Ultimate Apartment Hunter’s Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I knew that I’d be on the apartment hunt again one of these days, but what I didn’t realize is that I’d be doing it so soon — and in another state. Having learned the hard way what I do and do not want in a new place from past experiences, I now create a…
8 Things to Do When Moving to a New State — An Easy Checklist!

8 Things to Do When Moving to a New State — An Easy Checklist!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re moving out of state, there’s A LOT to plan for. Trust me, I know — I’m in the process of packing up my life in Georgia and getting ready for my big move to Virginia in just a few months. Moving at all, even when it’s just down the street can be a…