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How much do I need to save before moving?
How much do I need to save before moving?

How much do I need to save before moving?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We get asked this question a lot, so here’s a repeat of a post from last year. When you are planning to move out on your own you’ll need be able to cover three types of expenses: 1.) your monthly rent and utilities and 2.) all upfront fees and moving costs and 3.) furnishing your…
Renovation gamble that paid off
Renovation gamble that paid off

Renovation gamble that paid off

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our friend Ned reports how he gambled and won in the renovation game. A recent Temple University grad, he is now living in the Society Hill neighborhood in Philadelphia in a totally renovated rental. Here’s how he did it. ”As I watched another open house-attendee write a check for the unit’s deposit, I berated myself…
How long will it take to find your first apartment?
How long will it take to find your first apartment?

How long will it take to find your first apartment?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You have saved enough for the security deposit and first month rent. Your paperwork is in order: latest payroll stub, letter from your employer stating your dates of employment and maybe even saying a few nice words, and a copy of your latest bank statement. You have checked your credit rating and it is clean.…
Understanding Your Lease Obligations
Understanding Your Lease Obligations

Understanding Your Lease Obligations

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our site has a new friend who is a professional real estate consultant. She has agreed to share her tips on navigating the terms on your lease. Signing on the dotted line… What your lease really means By Lori Snider, Principal, Creativity for Rent and Marketing Expert Congratulations! Your search was successful and you’ve found…
Alissa Rents in Euro Land
Alissa Rents in Euro Land

Alissa Rents in Euro Land

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our friend Alissa recalls her rental experiences in Europe. “There are so many unique and inspired reasons to move abroad. From studying to teaching English to gaining some work experience, I don’t know anyone who regretted their decision to leave American soil for a time. As for me? I’ve lived abroad twice for a combined…
Turbocharge Your Hunt
Turbocharge Your Hunt

Turbocharge Your Hunt

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of our site’s visitors clued us in to an article by Adam Pash on the Lifehacker Web site that explains how to turbocharge your apartment search by using Craigslist’s RSS feed. Link here You can also get your Backpage.com search updated with an RSS feed. In a nutshell, here’s how it works:• Fill in…
Apartment Hunter’s Checklist
Apartment Hunter’s Checklist

Apartment Hunter’s Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Need to keep track of all the rentals you check out? Use our Apartment Hunting Checklist to jot down key features of each apartment you visit. Keep track of location, rent and services (parking? pet-friendly? air-conditioning? doorman? health club? laundry in building? super on premises?) on this handy checklist.
Basic Furniture Checklist
Basic Furniture Checklist

Basic Furniture Checklist

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Budgeting for Furniture. Check out our Basic Furniture Checklist to see what you'll need to furnish a one bedroom apartment at Ikea or Pottery Barn prices.
Starter Apartment Checklist
Starter Apartment Checklist

Starter Apartment Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our Starter Equipment Checklist has all the basics and more. If you are lucky to have relatives ready to gift you stuff to get you move out, hand them this list and you'll be set.