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When Should You Avoid Ads For Free Things?
When Should You Avoid Ads For Free Things?

When Should You Avoid Ads For Free Things?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
There’s nothing quite like finding that perfect new silverware tray for your kitchen drawer on a social media group or classified ad website and realizing that you can get it for free. No, not super cheap – free. Getting new decorations, furniture, or other household items for free sounds great, but it’s not always a…
Four IKEA Apartment Decoration Hacks
Four IKEA Apartment Decoration Hacks

Four IKEA Apartment Decoration Hacks

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
IKEA has become the go-to furniture and decoration brand for anyone operating on a modest budget. The Swedish company’s items look thoroughly modern, with simple designs and eye-catching but not overwhelming colors defining its idiosyncratic aesthetic. It’s just not the brand’s agreeable design approach that’s made it so beloved – it’s their prices, which are…
Things You DON’T Need for Your First Apartment
Things You DON’T Need for Your First Apartment

Things You DON’T Need for Your First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In your preparation for moving into your first apartment, you’ve probably encountered plenty of lists detailing every single thing you need to be truly self-sufficient at home. You’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of items on these lists, but with each purchase for your first apartment, you spend precious money – and even…
Should You Buy Renters Insurance? Pros and Cons
Should You Buy Renters Insurance? Pros and Cons

Should You Buy Renters Insurance? Pros and Cons

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The word insurance can send shivers down many a spine. In healthcare, for example, insurance is the divide between paying a modest amount for healthcare and going into extreme long-term debt. In renting, though, insurance is not nearly as dramatic.  Renters insurance is usually quite modestly priced and straightforward. For a generally affordable monthly or…
How Should You Deal With an Unruly Neighbor?
How Should You Deal With an Unruly Neighbor?

How Should You Deal With an Unruly Neighbor?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve put down a deposit on your dream apartment. The ceilings are super high, the hardwood floors are gorgeous, you have tons of space, the kitchen is huge, and you live in a quiet, convenient location. However, after moving in, you’ve discovered something you couldn’t quite have known before moving in: One of your neighbors…
Five Steps For Finding The Perfect Short-Term Rental
Five Steps For Finding The Perfect Short-Term Rental

Five Steps For Finding The Perfect Short-Term Rental

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Chances are, when you move into your new apartment, you’ll be signing a one-year lease with your landlord. The long-term housing stability that a one-year lease offers is ideal for most people – moving is a chore, and years can pass in your life without major income or location changes. Leases shorter than a year…
What Are HOAs? How Renters Should Navigate Them
What Are HOAs? How Renters Should Navigate Them

What Are HOAs? How Renters Should Navigate Them

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Renting an apartment from a landlord or management company is par for the course, but renting a townhome is a less common occurrence. A townhome, as compared to an apartment, a rowhome, or even a standalone home on a suburban street, is part of a larger living community where certain rules apply. An organization called…
What Are The Best Ways To Find New Roommates?
What Are The Best Ways To Find New Roommates?

What Are The Best Ways To Find New Roommates?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In 2017, 32 percent of the U.S. population lived in shared households. In other words, nearly one in every three Americans has a roommate or a housemate. Yet almost anyone who’s lived with other people will agree that finding someone to live with is one of the biggest challenges of looking for an apartment. Once…
What Should You Do If Your Roommate Is Moving Out?
What Should You Do If Your Roommate Is Moving Out?

What Should You Do If Your Roommate Is Moving Out?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Having a roommate is one of the easiest ways to keep living costs low. You’ll split the rent and utilities, and you might share responsibilities for stocking household goods. If you’re especially apt on making your roommate situation as financially fair as possible, you might just wind up splitting all expenses with your roommate –…
The Ultimate Apartment Bathroom Checklist
The Ultimate Apartment Bathroom Checklist

The Ultimate Apartment Bathroom Checklist

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Although your bathroom might be the smallest room in your apartment, you’ll need a good number of supplies to make the best of it. Basics ranging from toilet paper to towels don’t just magically come with your apartment. It may even fall upon you to furnish your bathroom; you may be surprised that basics like…