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Five Tools for Working from Your Balcony or Backyard
Five Tools for Working from Your Balcony or Backyard

Five Tools for Working from Your Balcony or Backyard

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the COVID-19 pandemic requiring most people to work from home and the summer sun beating down, you might be tempted to move your office outside for a bit. That said, working from your apartment’s balcony or backyard isn’t as easy as bringing your laptop outside. The bright sun and hot temperatures can present work…
Can You Fix the Leak Yourself or Should a Plumber Come?
Can You Fix the Leak Yourself or Should a Plumber Come?

Can You Fix the Leak Yourself or Should a Plumber Come?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you see a leak in your apartment, you might be tempted to panic. While you know that avoiding water damage to your apartment is key, what you might not know is how to stop the leak. You also might be wondering whether you can fix the leak yourself or have a plumber come. Consider…
How to Safely Have Maintenance Workers at Your Apartment During COVID-19
How to Safely Have Maintenance Workers at Your Apartment During COVID-19

How to Safely Have Maintenance Workers at Your Apartment During COVID-19

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s one thing to start seeing friends, family, and other people you trust again as states reopen following widespread COVID-19 shutdowns. It’s another to let maintenance workers such as plumbers, electricians, and internet technicians – not to mention your landlord or property manager – into your apartment right now. Even though these people are experts…
Pros and Cons: Doing It Yourself vs. Hiring Movers
Pros and Cons: Doing It Yourself vs. Hiring Movers

Pros and Cons: Doing It Yourself vs. Hiring Movers

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In our Pros and Cons series, we weigh the advantages and disadvantages of important decisions that apartment dwellers are making every day. Just because you’ve found a new apartment doesn’t mean your moving journey is over. Now, you have to pack all your belongings, move them to your new apartment, and unpack and arrange them.…
How to Safely Have Friends Over As States Reopen
How to Safely Have Friends Over As States Reopen

How to Safely Have Friends Over As States Reopen

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Nearly three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have begun to reopen their economies. As restaurants, storefronts, and other businesses return to a semblance of prior functioning, you may feel tempted to start seeing your friends again too. But is it safe to see friends or have visitors to your apartment yet? Or is…
How Soon Are COVID-19 Rent Protections Expiring?
How Soon Are COVID-19 Rent Protections Expiring?

How Soon Are COVID-19 Rent Protections Expiring?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In late March, the federal government passed the CARES Act, which banned evictions for 120 days in many rental apartments. This no-eviction period is fast expiring, leading many renters to wonder what their options are if they still cannot pay rent – a likely scenario given that unemployment has not improved since the pandemic began…
Pros and Cons: Studio vs. One-Bedroom Apartment
Pros and Cons: Studio vs. One-Bedroom Apartment

Pros and Cons: Studio vs. One-Bedroom Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In our Pros and Cons series, we weigh the advantages and disadvantages of important decisions that apartment dwellers are making every day. When you’re hunting for a place to live alone, you’ll generally encounter studio and one-bedroom apartments. The main difference between these spaces is that, in the latter, the bedroom is walled off rather…
How to Work From Home in an Apartment
How to Work From Home in an Apartment

How to Work From Home in an Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many apartment dwellers into a unique work situation. Widespread stay-at-home orders have forced everyone except for essential workers to work from home, and for people who previously worked in offices alongside their coworkers, the sudden transition to a work-from-home lifestyle may be challenging. How can you recreate an ergonomic, efficient…
How To Install a Window Air Conditioner
How To Install a Window Air Conditioner

How To Install a Window Air Conditioner

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In many parts of the country, temperatures are rising steadily as summer approaches. In apartments without central air, the race toward summer means that it’s time to install a window air conditioning unit. If you’re anxious about doing so, fret not: After reading this guide on how to install a window air conditioner, you’ll be…
Container Gardening for Apartments: 10 Helpful Tips
Container Gardening for Apartments: 10 Helpful Tips

Container Gardening for Apartments: 10 Helpful Tips

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global food supply chain and relegated non-essential workers to their apartments, some people have turned to container gardening to grow vegetables at home and start a fun new isolation hobby. If your apartment has a backyard or a balcony, you can easily start container gardening, and since no…