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Alex

Alex has rented in Minneapolis, Queens, Brooklyn, and now Chicago. He can kill rodents and roaches when required, and loves picture-hanging projects. If you're ever in town, give him a shout.
How to Raise Your Credit Score
How to Raise Your Credit Score

How to Raise Your Credit Score

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Last week, as part of our new year’s resolution coverage, I talked about how to check your credit report. I suggested that getting the score itself is not as important, as long as the report is error-free. But let’s say you went ahead and spent the seven dollars to get your score and it was…
New Years Resolutions, Part 2: Get Your Credit Report Checked
New Years Resolutions, Part 2: Get Your Credit Report Checked

New Years Resolutions, Part 2: Get Your Credit Report Checked

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Last week, I made some modest New Year’s resolutions suggestions. This week, I’m covering the big papa, the thing you’ve been meaning to do for years. The credit report. Everyone tells you it’s important to have good credit. But how can you have good credit if you haven’t even seen your report? You’ve got to…
First Apartment New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1
First Apartment New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1

First Apartment New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1

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Well, the New Year is here! The time when we vow to do better. What does that mean for apartment dwellers? In part one, I’ll cover things you can do in your apartment to save you money, as well as improve your living experience. In part two, I’ll cover checking your credit report, which is…
It’s Over: You and Your Live-In BF/GF Broke Up, with 6 Months Left on Lease
It’s Over: You and Your Live-In BF/GF Broke Up, with 6 Months Left on Lease

It’s Over: You and Your Live-In BF/GF Broke Up, with 6 Months Left on Lease

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This is the last part of the series about moving in with a Significant Other, one that we hope you never need. But it’s come to this. You thought the fights might be a normal part of moving in together, but they’re intractable, they’re deeper than that. And now you have six months remaining on…
I Just Moved In With My Significant Other. Why Are We Fighting?
I Just Moved In With My Significant Other. Why Are We Fighting?

I Just Moved In With My Significant Other. Why Are We Fighting?

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So you decided to move in together, things were going well, you were both excited, and you’ve had some great moments, but you’ve also had a lot of fights. It seems like every other week it’s something. Did you make a mistake to shack up? Not necessarily. Here are some reasons why your fighting might…
Moving In With Your Significant Other: Issues to Discuss
Moving In With Your Significant Other: Issues to Discuss

Moving In With Your Significant Other: Issues to Discuss

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So in a previous post, I went over some of the basics of the decision to move in with your Significant Other. If you think you’re ready, here are some Nitty-Gritty details to consider: 1. How much money do each of you have? A crass question, I know. But when you live together, you will…
How to Know You’re Ready to Move in Together?
How to Know You’re Ready to Move in Together?

How to Know You’re Ready to Move in Together?

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So, you’re dating someone, and have been for a while. You and the Significant Other have been talking: maybe it’s time to move in together? You’re already swapping nights over at each other’s apartments anyway, and you each have two toothbrushes, one for your apartment and one you keep at the Significant Other’s. The relationship…
The Finishing Touches: Decorating Your Apartment Walls
The Finishing Touches: Decorating Your Apartment Walls

The Finishing Touches: Decorating Your Apartment Walls

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So, you’ve moved in to your first apartment, you know your way around your kitchen, you’re starting to learn the neighborhood and you have all your furniture. Life is good, except something feels a bit off. What is it? There’s hardly anything on the walls – you haven’t finished decorating, and things you do have…
Tips on Getting Enough Heat for Your Apartment
Tips on Getting Enough Heat for Your Apartment

Tips on Getting Enough Heat for Your Apartment

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It’s getting cold in Chicago, which means it’s time to fire up the heater! For apartment dwellers, this can mean one of two things: either you have a radiator, or you have a thermostat. Let’s deal with them separately. Apartments with a Radiator If you have a radiator, you’re lucky in one respect: your landlord is…