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You Just Signed the Lease, What’s Next?  10 Step Checklist
You Just Signed the Lease, What’s Next?  10 Step Checklist

You Just Signed the Lease, What’s Next? 10 Step Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Now that you have signed the lease and are ready to get started moving, there are a lot of things you need to consider. Time can be against you especially if you’re planning on moving out in the middle of the week. You don’t want to forget anything that might be important in your boxes,…
4 Rules to Subletting Your Apartment
4 Rules to Subletting Your Apartment

4 Rules to Subletting Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
4 Rules to Subletting Your Apartment By Sarah Kaufman, Manilla.com I’ve been living in various rental houses and apartments for almost 10 years, and almost every single one of them has had multiple people in and out of the apartment, subletting for just a few months (or even weeks) at a time. Most of the…
Make Moving Easy: Sell Your Old Stuff Online
Make Moving Easy: Sell Your Old Stuff Online

Make Moving Easy: Sell Your Old Stuff Online

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re moving, you find yourself in a mess. A mess of boxes. A mess of clothes. A mess of bubble wrap. The easiest way to climb out of that mess? Saying goodbye to some of those items. But sometimes throwing items away doesn’t seem right.  After all, you’re moving – some extra cash would…
Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: 4 Things You Need to Consider
Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: 4 Things You Need to Consider

Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: 4 Things You Need to Consider

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Should you stay in an on-campus dormitory or find your own space in an off-campus apartment? Here are four things to consider as you make this decision. Monthly Rent Payments vs. Semester Dorm Fees Renting an off-campus small apartment or roommate share is often cheaper than the price of a dorm room. Also, colleges typically…
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Your First Home
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Your First Home

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Your First Home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Almost every young renter out there has probably heard something along these lines from their friends and family in the past year or so: “You’re still renting? But rates are so low! You should buy now while the market is still down.” Granted, nearly everything about the suggestion above is factually correct. Mortgage interest rates…
Don’t Let Your New Apartment Bite! Check For These 5 Pests Before Signing Your Lease
Don’t Let Your New Apartment Bite! Check For These 5 Pests Before Signing Your Lease

Don’t Let Your New Apartment Bite! Check For These 5 Pests Before Signing Your Lease

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Some rental properties provide a thorough cleaning, new coats of paint, and even renovations between tenants. However, some don’t do much preparation at all except hand you your key. Even if your apartment looks sparkling clean and inviting, there might be some nasty critters, nestled in that thick carpeting, or inside the walls. When I…
5 Step Apartment Move-out Checklist
5 Step Apartment Move-out Checklist

5 Step Apartment Move-out Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Are you facing the end of your first lease? Use this handy checklist by our guest blogger Jessica, to make sure that everything goes smoothly and you’ll get your security deposit back pronto! 5 Step Apartment Move-out Checklist When it’s time to move out of your apartment,  lack of planning can cost you financially and…
5 Green DIY Ideas For Your Apartment
5 Green DIY Ideas For Your Apartment

5 Green DIY Ideas For Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Do you feel that in the air? It’s the change in seasons, heralded by green leaves lining branches, birds chirping in the morning, and rays of sunlight streaking through the clouds. When the seasons change, so do our lifestyles. We spend more time outside, we change our wardrobes, putting the boots back in storage and…
I’m  Renting a Condo…from My Mother
I’m  Renting a Condo…from My Mother

I’m Renting a Condo…from My Mother

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With this post we welcome a new blogger to the MFA team.  Christa is a first time renter, born and raised in New York, and she’ll be telling us what it’s like when you call your landlord Mom.   I’m  Renting a Condo…from My Mother Renting an apartment is a process that has the potential…