The Move

How Safe is Your New Hood?  8 Ways to Check

How Safe is Your New Hood? 8 Ways to Check

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When moving to a new neighborhood, whether a few blocks or thousands of miles from your comfortable bubble, it’s easy (and important!) to question how safe the new area is. Especially if you won’t be living in a building with 24-hour security or a doorman, you’ll want to make sure you feel protected in your new…
14 Point Moving Day Checklist

14 Point Moving Day Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving day can be stressful and unpredictable! You’re uprooting your life and settling down in a new place. Even if you’re only moving into an apartment a few blocks away, make sure you have everything lined up so your move can be as easy as possible. Here are some questions to ask yourself to make…
5 Ways to Figure Out Your First Apartment Must-Haves

5 Ways to Figure Out Your First Apartment Must-Haves

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re in the market for an apartment, it’s easy to dream. Perhaps a bit too easy. You want lots of space, cheap rent, a balcony, a doorman, maybe even a swimming pool and a gym. Laundry in-unit, of course, a nice flower box with ever-blooming roses … and then you pinch yourself and return…
Seven Tips for Moving in the Winter

Seven Tips for Moving in the Winter

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We recently covered the Pros & Cons of Apartment Hunting in the Winter. If you decide to go for it, there’s probably one big lingering concern: the dreaded moving process. In the winter, it takes on an extra level of frustration, anxiety, and peril. All that ice to slip on (while carrying a box of dishes).…
How Long Will It Take? Apartment Hunter’s Timeline

How Long Will It Take? Apartment Hunter’s Timeline

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Last fall we estimated how much you’ll need to save up before you can move out. (Rule of thumb: If you save an amount equal to about 8-10% of your annual salary, you’ll be in good shape.) So by now you’ve been saving for 4-5 months, and you’re ready to make your move. But how long will it be before you’re…
What is a Railroad Apartment and Should You Rent One?

What is a Railroad Apartment and Should You Rent One?

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If you’re thinking of living in New York City, in Boston or in Washington, D.C. , you may have heard of a “railroad” apartment. But what is it? And should you consider renting one? First, a definition: a railroad apartment is an apartment without hallways, where each room opens onto the next. It gets its…
First Apartment on Wheels:  Have You Considered Trailer Park Housing?

First Apartment on Wheels: Have You Considered Trailer Park Housing?

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by Lydia Sprouts If you are on the market for an inexpensive housing option, have you considered your local trailer park? It is an often-overlooked, but a good, affordable option, particularly in more rural locations. In my case, living in my trailer has been a blessing.  Its offers the amenities of a full house, but with the…
What You Need to Do Before You Start Looking for Your First Apartment

What You Need to Do Before You Start Looking for Your First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In apartment-hunting, as with so much else in life, sometimes the most daunting thing is just figuring out where to start, how to wrap your mind around the task at hand. So let’s begin at the beginning–not moving in, not looking at apartments, not even searching listings. Before any of that, before you take any…
The Pros and Cons of Apartment Hunting in the Winter

The Pros and Cons of Apartment Hunting in the Winter

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Most people don’t want to move in the winter and for good reason: it’s cold, the weather is unpredictable and there’s a glut of holidays and related travel that can make preparing difficult. But what if you have to move? How can you turn it to your advantage? Here are some things to think about: There…