Roommates

I am thankful for . . .a pretty great living situation!
I am thankful for . . .a pretty great living situation!

I am thankful for . . .a pretty great living situation!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I realize that many of my posts are about problems. My apartment’s too small. My apartment’s too expensive. My apartment has a leak etc etc. As my Yiddish speaking grandfather would say, I’m a bit of a kvetcher (complainer). So this Thanksgiving week, I am going to look on the bright side, for there still…
How to break-up with a roommate
How to break-up with a roommate

How to break-up with a roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
“You know, he looked really good on paper, but there just wasn’t any chemistry.” How many times have you heard that about a romantic relationship? Well, the same can be said of roommates. Sure, you’re not making out with them (though it’s New York, so who knows), but there’s just something about them that doesn’t…
When is roommate drama worth the fuss? Ever?
When is roommate drama worth the fuss? Ever?

When is roommate drama worth the fuss? Ever?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, another friend has another apartment dilemma. You must be thinking, wow, that Alissa chick sure has a bunch of knucklehead friends. Well, I might. However, let it be said that friends also know that I write this blog so often the conversation tends to hit home. Literally. She just moved into a new apartment…
When the Subletter Renegs on the Rent
When the Subletter Renegs on the Rent

When the Subletter Renegs on the Rent

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello Gentle Blog Readers, I was going to write about urgent last-minute apartment fixes–but a friend is having an urgent problem, so I’m hoping some of you may have advice. Also, apartment living ethics fascinate me. The problem? The subletter( who is an acquaintance of a current housemate) doesn’t think she should pay rent for…
Maybe living “alone” ain’t so bad after all.
Maybe living “alone” ain’t so bad after all.

Maybe living “alone” ain’t so bad after all.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Did you like those quotation marks up there in the title? Aren’t they kinda sneaky? Like, hey she’s not really living alone, she’s living in a three bedroom – what do they MEAN?? Well, those little quotations mean just that – that I’m not really living alone. And if you recall, my main predicament was…
Questions to ask when visiting prospective roommates
Questions to ask when visiting prospective roommates

Questions to ask when visiting prospective roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hopefully the sample email regarding how to write potential roommates was helpful to ya’ll. Getting you in the door is a good start – but what to do once you’re there? Ah, grasshopper, I am so glad you asked. Once you’re invited to the prospective apartment to meet the prospective roommates, I’d make a check…
Using Craigslist: How to Sell Yourself to Potential Roommates.
Using Craigslist: How to Sell Yourself to Potential Roommates.

Using Craigslist: How to Sell Yourself to Potential Roommates.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The subletting plans are still cooking, so we’ll be taking a quick detour this week: Depending on where you live, the housing market may be horrendous or peaches and cream. Either way, if you don’t have friends who also need an apartment, you are going to need to convince a stranger that you 1) are…
Lesson learned: Work out the roommate “What Ifs” before moving in
Lesson learned: Work out the roommate “What Ifs” before moving in

Lesson learned: Work out the roommate “What Ifs” before moving in

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My apologies that it’s been awhile — between being sick AND having to move this week, there’s been precious little time for anything else. Well, aside from saying goodbye to friends and making them lift heavy objects for me. There was puh-lenty of time for that. But, now that I’m squarely moved into my new…
Decorating and furnishing when you and your roommate have different styles
Decorating and furnishing when you and your roommate have different styles

Decorating and furnishing when you and your roommate have different styles

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you love sleek, modern design and your roommate adores the lacy, floral, Victorian look. Now what? If you don’t talk about your conflict before you furnish your apartment, you’ll end up with a goofy hodgepodge look that you’ll both hate. There are two basic solutions to a design conflict like this. One, you could…