The Move

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,…
Apartment Hunter’s Ultimate Checklist

Apartment Hunter’s Ultimate 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…
Solo or Roommates? Take This Quiz to Find Out Which One Is for You

Solo or Roommates? Take This Quiz to Find Out Which One Is for You

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re on the hunt for your first place on your own, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed with options. There are tons of places to live, different roommate options, and types of places to choose from. Take the quiz below to narrow down part of that decision…solo or roommates! 1. Roommates are… a.  OK, but…
Moving for a Job When You Live with Your Significant Other

Moving for a Job When You Live with Your Significant Other

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, you’ve landed a fabulous new job… but it requires that you move to a new city, or, maybe even a new state. You’re excited and ready to pack your things and move right this minute. But, wait — what about your live-in significant other? Will he/she be so keen on moving for your work? Will he/she…