Checklists

The First Apartment Tool Kit
The First Apartment Tool Kit

The First Apartment Tool Kit

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I rarely need things from my tool kit, but when I do need them, I need them now. Assembling a good tool kit can be hard, though—How do I know what I need? How can I afford all of these expensive tools? Why do I need a tool kit if I’m not a handy person…
Everything I Own: A Complete Room-by-Room Furnishing Checklist
Everything I Own: A Complete Room-by-Room Furnishing Checklist

Everything I Own: A Complete Room-by-Room Furnishing Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Having lived in my new apartment for about a month, I went through and created a pretty comprehensive inventory of everything I own. Hopefully, this will help you develop your own furnishing checklist while you’re packing for your own move. MFA has written a checklist like this before, but I thought it might be helpful to…
Move-Out Cleaning Checklist
Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving out of your apartment can be a stressful time! Add the drama of not understanding how or what to leave squeaky clean in your old place and many of us end up feeling overwhelmed and anxious about the move. Almost every apartment complex or landlord will require the apartment be left as clean as…
Stuff You’ll Need: The Bathroom + Kitchen Checklists
Stuff You’ll Need: The Bathroom + Kitchen Checklists

Stuff You’ll Need: The Bathroom + Kitchen Checklists

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s easy to forget even the simplest of things when you’re balancing priorities of your move. This is a checklist of some bath and kitchen essentials for your first apartment: Bathroom Checklist:  Shower curtain Shower rings Shower liner Towels (hand towels, bath towels) Bath mat Tissues Toilet paper Toothbrush holder Toilet brush Toilet plunger Toiletries…
52 Item Apartment Search Checklist
52 Item Apartment Search Checklist

52 Item Apartment Search Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
After you have learned the apartment hunting terminology, started your search and finally found an apartment you like, there are a lot of questions you must still ask. Can I afford this apartment? Is this apartment in a convenient location? Will I be happy living here? Besides these vital questions, there are many other items…
How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay?
How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay?

How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
2017 Update: You can download our new Printable Apartment Budgeting Worksheet and use it to estimate your rent and budget for all your expenses. The basic target rent formula that landlord’s use is annual before-tax income divided by 40. When you are on a straight salary estimating the number is easy. However, if your are…
10 Point Apartment Walk-Through Checklist
10 Point Apartment Walk-Through Checklist

10 Point Apartment Walk-Through Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Before you move in, you should conduct a walk-through of your apartment with the landlord or his representative present. During this walk-through, you should note and take pictures, if appropriate, of all problem areas you discover. The items on this list are all things that should be taken care of by the landlord, with no…
Affordable Rent Calculator
Affordable Rent Calculator

Affordable Rent Calculator

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Click Yes or No below to open calculator.   Description of the My First Apartment’s Affordable Rent Calculator: 1.) The above easy-to-use calculator uses the formulas from this post for calculating your maximum affordable rent. (Note: If you are paid hourly, you should also check our post How Much Rent Can I Afford on My…
Easy-Peasy Packing Supplies Checklist
Easy-Peasy Packing Supplies Checklist

Easy-Peasy Packing Supplies Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s inevitable. You’re in the midst of packing and you think you’re all ready, set to start boxing up all your junk when you realize… you forgot something really important. Maybe it’s tape. Perhaps markers. In my case, I often severely underestimate how many boxes I need. Friends, don’t let this happen to you. Here’s an easy-peasy…
The Ultimate Apartment Hunting Checklist
The Ultimate Apartment Hunting Checklist

The Ultimate Apartment Hunting Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I knew that I’d be on the apartment hunt again one of these days, but what I didn’t realize is that I’d be doing it so soon — and in another state. Having learned the hard way what I do and do not want in a new place from past experiences, I now create a…