The key to a successful roommate relationship is having each party know what to expect right from the start. The best way to accomplish this is by drafting a written roommate agreement that anticipates problems before they arise and establishes ways to deal with them.
The key thing to remember about anything to do with leases and rental agreements is: GET IT IN WRITING!
Start your search by telling everyone you know – that means at work, the gym, the corner coffee shop, extended family, grandma, the newsstand guy – what you are looking for.
You may not know how much rent you can afford, but your government does. The US Housing Department guideline says that your rent should be no more than 25-30% of your gross salary.
Mistake #1. Paying Too Much. This is the most common beginner’s mistake. It is easy to forget that rent is only part of expenses you’ll have to deal with living on your own – there’s also gas and electric, cable and phone, not to mention commuting to work, food and dry cleaning. You may even…
Welcome to My First Apartment, a brand new website dedicated to helping you survive your flight from the nest and into the great, wide world of renting. As experts in the field of screwing up and learning by experience, we have amassed a wealth of tips about what to look for when scouting for a…
Our Starter Pantry and Staples Checklist helps you get through your first supermarket excursion.
Want to set some ground rules among roommates? Use our Roommate Agreement Check List as a guideline for a discussion about sharing rent and expenses, work schedules, interests, significant others, visitors, pets, etc.
The Big Apple is made up of five boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Each has its own special character, neighborhoods, and dialect (some would say).
Moving to Los Angeles? It's a jungle out there for sure, but if you're armed with neighborhood knowledge and price guidelines, the task isn't so daunting — in fact, finding an apartment can be downright FUN.