Author My First Apartment
Alissa

I've lived in apartments in 6 cities (including 2 foreign countries). Does that make me an expert? As of now, my ceiling isn't leaking and I don't have rodents (knock on wood) -- so I'm going to say yes . . . but ask me again tomorrow:) These days, I'm enjoying life Chicago style, but my years in Brooklyn are never far from my mind. P.S. By day I work at Cars.com, but these opinions are totally, 100% my own.
Goodbye, New York
Goodbye, New York

Goodbye, New York

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I was about to email a friend whose name begins with “L-e” and my grandpa’s now-expired email address popped up within Gmail – an address I haven’t had the ability to use in over four years.  Almost the length of time I’ve lived in New York. Gramps wasn’t New York’s biggest fans; he once asked…
Furnishing Your Apartment for $2000 or Less
Furnishing Your Apartment for $2000 or Less

Furnishing Your Apartment for $2000 or Less

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Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed our past posts detailing our suggestions for furnishing your apartment for $500 and $1000. Today’s post, the last in our series, is for the big spender – with $2000 in his/her apartment piggy bank.  At this budget level, you can afford stuff that is worth moving to your next place and maybe the…
How to Keep Your Apartment Cool!
How to Keep Your Apartment Cool!

How to Keep Your Apartment Cool!

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Oh my goodness – the heat! It’s true that we’re in the midst of a 3-post series about how to furnish your apartment based on various budgets. BUT – we thought it necessarily to take a break this week to discuss some important apartment cooling info. Check back shortly for our final installment on how to…
Furnishing Your Apartment on $1000 or Less
Furnishing Your Apartment on $1000 or Less

Furnishing Your Apartment on $1000 or Less

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It’s week #2 in our super cheap apartment furnishing series! Hot Dang! Well, not to ruin the surprise, but as you may imagine, the key difference between a $500 a $1000 apartment isn’t so much the kind of items included so much as the items themselves and how you allocate your resources. So, without further…
Furnishing Your Apartment On $500 or Less
Furnishing Your Apartment On $500 or Less

Furnishing Your Apartment On $500 or Less

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We’re often asked for advice about how much to budget for apartment essentials.  For instance, “What kinda apartment can I get for X amount per month?” Or, “If I have $1000 to move cross country. . . what then?” And, perhaps the most frequent . . .  “How can I furnish my apartment without totally breaking the…
Should You Buy Or Rent?
Should You Buy Or Rent?

Should You Buy Or Rent?

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We focus much of our site about renting apartments. How to do it – from dealing with landlords, finding new (and sane) roommates, or hunting down movers – we got your back. But, housing prices are down, interest rates are low and there has been a flurry of rent vs buy articles in various places (including last week’s NYTimes…
Checking Out New Apartment Search Resources
Checking Out New Apartment Search Resources

Checking Out New Apartment Search Resources

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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller. Ferris was right. Case in point? That movie turned 20-frigging-five earlier this week.  Of course, one might presume that Ferris was talking about big picture stuff. The kind of gravitas that’d make your…
How to Survive Moving Back Home After Graduation
How to Survive Moving Back Home After Graduation

How to Survive Moving Back Home After Graduation

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We’ve received a couple questions lately from readers asking our advice for how to move back home, with mom/dad/grandma as landlord.  With only 56% of 2010 grads working full-time jobs and those working taking pay cuts, it’s become a usual first step in post-college living. And, it’s OK. It’s just the financial reality right now. I…
How Far in Advance Should You Start Your Apartment Search?
How Far in Advance Should You Start Your Apartment Search?

How Far in Advance Should You Start Your Apartment Search?

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Timing is everything in life, love, and . . . apartment hunting. Summer is the most popular apartment hunting season, especially for first apartments, but how long does finding a new apartment actually take? Do you need to give yourself a week or a month to find a place you can call your own (or, you know,…
How to Spot Illegal Apartments -10 Tips for Apartment Seekers
How to Spot Illegal Apartments -10 Tips for Apartment Seekers

How to Spot Illegal Apartments -10 Tips for Apartment Seekers

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Do you know what the NYC DOB is? You should – The DOB is a great resource for apartment dwellers: The NYC Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of over 975,000 buildings and properties by enforcing the City’s Building Code, Electrical Code, Zoning Resolution, New York State Labor Law and New York…