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How to Shop for a Mattress Like a Pro – Use This 7 Item Checklist!
How to Shop for a Mattress Like a Pro – Use This 7 Item Checklist!

How to Shop for a Mattress Like a Pro – Use This 7 Item Checklist!

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Many first apartment renters shop for a mattress as their first big-ticket purchase. If you choose wisely, the mattress will last through many apartments.  If you get the wrong one, you lose both your money and your sleep. Often, first time mattress buyers don’t pay much attention to anything but the mattress size and cost,…
5 Simple Plumbing Hacks Every Renter Should Know
5 Simple Plumbing Hacks Every Renter Should Know

5 Simple Plumbing Hacks Every Renter Should Know

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Calling the plumber is a phone call nobody wants to make. Even if your landlord covers major plumbing services it can still be time-consuming and extremely inconvenient. Of course, there are times when you must call the plumber, for example when you cannot stop the water flow and the landlord is nowhere to be found.…
First Apartment Security: 5 Tips To Keep You Safe
First Apartment Security: 5 Tips To Keep You Safe

First Apartment Security: 5 Tips To Keep You Safe

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Moving into your first apartment can be an overwhelming experience. Whether you’re moving to a another city or just down the road, being in a new environment can be simultaneously exhilarating, stressful and intimidating. Among all your other concerns, it’s only natural to start thinking about how to keep safe in your apartment. Here’s what…
Things to Know for a Cross-Country Move… In a Car!
Things to Know for a Cross-Country Move… In a Car!

Things to Know for a Cross-Country Move… In a Car!

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Now, a cross-country move is a lot of hard work. Certain movers decide to fly and hire a moving company but that can become extremely expensive. Others choose to pack up everything they have in their car and drive. That would be the category which I fall under. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be…
3 Things You Need to Know Before Subletting Your Apartment
3 Things You Need to Know Before Subletting Your Apartment

3 Things You Need to Know Before Subletting Your Apartment

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You are tied into a one-year lease when an internship is offered to you in another city. This requires you to live several hours away for 3 months. Getting out of your lease is not possible, and you cannot afford to pay rent on two residents for 3 months. In a situation like this, subletting…
6 Steps to Get Ready For a Safe Long Distance Move
6 Steps to Get Ready For a Safe Long Distance Move

6 Steps to Get Ready For a Safe Long Distance Move

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By Ja’Shell Smith Making the decision to move to a new state is both exciting and intimidating. You’re ready for a new adventure yet you are leaving home for the unknown. I decided to leave New England and head to the South. After weighing all options on how to get to my new apartment, I…
Decorating 101: How to Paint a Room
Decorating 101: How to Paint a Room

Decorating 101: How to Paint a Room

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By Emma Clark One of the least expensive tricks to change the look of your new apartment is to paint it. Just make sure you get your landlord’s permission before you pick up the paint brush… if you don’t, you put your security deposit at risk. Once you’ve chosen your color combination, bought all the…
5 Warning Signs That Your Roommate May Have a Substance Abuse Problem
5 Warning Signs That Your Roommate May Have a Substance Abuse Problem

5 Warning Signs That Your Roommate May Have a Substance Abuse Problem

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By Christina Underwood Overdoing it at holiday parties can happen to anyone, but what to do if it looks like things are getting out of control with someone you are living with. If you’re concerned about your roommate’s substance abuse, you’re in a precarious position: you don’t want to invade their privacy, but you can’t…
How to Use Your Rent Payments to Boost Your Credit Score
How to Use Your Rent Payments to Boost Your Credit Score

How to Use Your Rent Payments to Boost Your Credit Score

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By Christine DiGangi One of the many reasons someone might look at your credit scores is to figure out if you’re likely to repay any money you borrow, so you’d think having a history of paying a huge monthly bill on time would be good for your credit. But in many cases, one of the…
10 Costs First Time Renters Don’t Think About
10 Costs First Time Renters Don’t Think About

10 Costs First Time Renters Don’t Think About

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By Stephanie Lynch If you recently found the perfect apartment — congratulations!  It can be pretty time consuming to find the right area, amenities, landlord and price.  There’s nothing better than walking into an apartment and instantly clicking with it. While signing the lease to your new apartment may be exciting, most apartment tenants, especially…