Apartment Life

Holiday tipping basics
Holiday tipping basics

Holiday tipping basics

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If this is your first holiday season on your own, how to handle tipping can be confusing. How much should you tip your super or your doorman? How about the letter carrier? And what to do if there is no money in your budget for tips? The gold standard in matters of etiquette, Emily Post,…
When a murder happens on your block, security becomes VERY important
When a murder happens on your block, security becomes VERY important

When a murder happens on your block, security becomes VERY important

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Last week on my block, the city-dweller’s worst fear materialized; a woman was murdered, in what initially looked like a break-in. I came home from work to find a police car barricading the street and yellow tape slicing across the apartment in question and its surrounding lawn. It was a scene I’d only before seen…
Settling in.
Settling in.

Settling in.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hey all, it’s Jason. It’s been a little over a month since we moved in, and things are going well. Still have a few boxes hanging around the living room, but a majority of our stuff is in its new home. I’ve been doing the commute to Palo Alto for a while now, and I’ve…
Flooded Toilets and Ants, Oh My!
Flooded Toilets and Ants, Oh My!

Flooded Toilets and Ants, Oh My!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When my toilet flooded for the second time in a week yesterday morning at 6:00 A.M, I wanted to argue with it. I wanted to chastise it for being so thoughtless during the holidays. Didn’t it know that I was out late the night before altruistically looking for presents for others? I did not deserve…
Why there is no such a thing as a perfect landlord
Why there is no such a thing as a perfect landlord

Why there is no such a thing as a perfect landlord

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Unless your landlord is a bear, he probably did not make a cameo in Goldilocks’ memoirs. That said, the concept of “too much, too little,” tends to pop up when you are dealing with the person who takes a large chunk of your change on a monthly basis. What do I mean? Landlords are, invariably,…
How much is that doggie in the window?
How much is that doggie in the window?

How much is that doggie in the window?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I wanted a dog real bad. I have, since childhood, wanted a dog real bad. When I was younger, the condition was that if I kept my room clean for 2 months straight, then I could talk to my mom about it. As on any given day there was rarely carpet showing amidst my books…
Le Dog and Le Apartment
Le Dog and Le Apartment

Le Dog and Le Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Looking for an apartment con fair, furry friend can make a person feel like a real leper. For, no matter how docile your darling may be, convincing a potential landlord of that is often another matter. Luckily, there are pet owners who have come before you, with helpful, and occasionally surprising, advice. How to Get…
Surviving a Visit from Your Parents
Surviving a Visit from Your Parents

Surviving a Visit from Your Parents

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As much as I love my family, I always get a little stressed out when they come to visit. They just don’t always, you know, get it. Case in point: my sophomore year in college. My mom was planning a visit to Boston and she asked me if it would be weird if she stayed…
The Housing Virgins of Manhattan and Other Apartment Hunting Stories in the News
The Housing Virgins of Manhattan and Other Apartment Hunting Stories in the News

The Housing Virgins of Manhattan and Other Apartment Hunting Stories in the News

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re searching for your first apartment, you probably thought your days of homework were behind you. Wrong! More important that any book report is the research that you should do to prepare yourself for the housing search. This web site is a great place to start for basic checklists and info. Beyond MyFirstApartment.com, however,…