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Smart TVs vs. Streaming Boxes: Which Is Right for You?
Smart TVs vs. Streaming Boxes: Which Is Right for You?

Smart TVs vs. Streaming Boxes: Which Is Right for You?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Although lots of people subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video (or some combination of all three), not everybody has a giant screen for watching their favorite TV shows and movies. Even if you’re the kind of person whose usual way to watch the latest episode of The Bachelorette is to curl up in…
Bed Bath & Beyond Is Closing – Five Other Great Home Goods Stores
Bed Bath & Beyond Is Closing – Five Other Great Home Goods Stores

Bed Bath & Beyond Is Closing – Five Other Great Home Goods Stores

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Recently, leading home goods store Bed Bath & Beyond announced that it plans to shutter 60 of its retail locations following the 2019 holiday shopping season. This figure marks a 50 percent increase from earlier this year, when the company estimated that it would close 40 stores. Bed Bath & Beyond isn’t alone in scaling…
Going on Vacation? Your Ultimate Apartment Prep Checklist
Going on Vacation? Your Ultimate Apartment Prep Checklist

Going on Vacation? Your Ultimate Apartment Prep Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re going away for a couple of nights, you’re probably not thinking too much about what could happen to your apartment as it sits alone and unattended for such a short time. But what if you’re taking a much longer vacation? When do you need a friend or a family member to “check in”…
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…
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 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

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
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…