The Move

How Much Does It Cost To Move To Your Next Apartment?

How Much Does It Cost To Move To Your Next Apartment?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’m in the process of moving to a new apartment, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I am moving from a tiny place to a more spacious townhouse with a yard for our dog and a great location for both work and play. But, how much is all of this going to cost?…
Planning the Move to Your Next Apartment

Planning the Move to Your Next Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’ve been living in a small apartment with my boyfriend and our dog for a while now (you can follow my whole story by looking here) and we have been considering upsizing for about 10 months. In the last 6 months, we started seriously thinking about it, researching online, and making a list of things we…
How To Find The Perfect Apartment

How To Find The Perfect Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Growing up, my family lived in three houses within the same 1-mile radius of St. Louis. It took 22 years for me to learn all of the important details about my suburban area: the best grocery store, the shadiest running routes and the closest movie theaters. But when I graduated from college and got my…
A Year in the Making: My First Apartment Story

A Year in the Making: My First Apartment Story

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’m sure that anyone who has ever gone on an apartment tour knows the feeling. You walk in to an empty room with the building manager and your best friend, and that’s it.   You’re in love.   You just know that your plant would fit on the windowsill perfectly, that your poster collection would…
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…