The Move

Things to Know for a Cross-Country Move… In a Car!
Things to Know for a Cross-Country Move… In a Car!

Things to Know for a Cross-Country Move… In a Car!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Now, a cross-country move is a lot of hard work. Certain movers decide to fly and hire a moving company but that can become extremely expensive. Others choose to pack up everything they have in their car and drive. That would be the category which I fall under. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be…
Co-Signer: Do you need one?
Co-Signer: Do you need one?

Co-Signer: Do you need one?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A critical part of securing the perfect apartment is making sure you’re in the right place financially to sign on the dotted line. Apartment complexes and landlords will often run credit and background checks and require proof of income before you’re presented with the final lease. By learning about your employment history and knowing that…
Should You Get an Apartment Before You Have a Job?
Should You Get an Apartment Before You Have a Job?

Should You Get an Apartment Before You Have a Job?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As May is fast approaching, many new grads have a burning question in mind, “Do I get the job first or the apartment first?” Of course, often there is no choice – you usually need to have a job before a landlord will rent to you. On the other hand, job hunting long distance can…
Flying the Nest: 30 Days to Go!
Flying the Nest: 30 Days to Go!

Flying the Nest: 30 Days to Go!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Jordan here, again! I am back, and slightly more prepared than last time! I have taken quite a few leaps and bounds in the last three weeks on my moving out in 50 days journey, and I am incredibly excited to share them with you, and admittedly seek guidance for my next phase of the…
How to Help a Friend Find Their Perfect Place
How to Help a Friend Find Their Perfect Place

How to Help a Friend Find Their Perfect Place

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Congratulations, you must be an awesome friend! You’ve been asked to help your friend find an apartment. This is a huge honor and means they must appreciate your input, so look at it that way! Maybe you’ve been living in your own place for a while, maybe you live in a location they’re interested in,…
How to Fly the Nest in 50 Days or Less
How to Fly the Nest in 50 Days or Less

How to Fly the Nest in 50 Days or Less

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’m Jordan and due to a falling out with my mother everything I own is now in boxes in a shared dorm room. I can no longer afford to stay at my current college, and will be transferring to a much cheaper one. My semester ends in less than 50 days, and I have to…
Preparing for Your Big Move
Preparing for Your Big Move

Preparing for Your Big Move

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
There isn’t much that’s as exciting as moving to a brand new place! You’ve put in the hard work of finding your apartment, passing any application barriers, and paying your deposit. Now, the fun starts… packing up your current place for your big move! Don’t worry, preparing doesn’t have to be stressful. Just be sure…
3 Keys to Successful Rent Negotiation
3 Keys to Successful Rent Negotiation

3 Keys to Successful Rent Negotiation

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Negotiation is one of the hardest skills in life. Some people hate confrontation so much that they will do almost anything to avoid it. Being on the apartment hunt myself, I ran into this huge obstacle. I loved the apartment but could not afford the price. Even the thought of negotiation made me nervous, but I decided…
Important Things To Check During Your Pre-Move Inspection
Important Things To Check During Your Pre-Move Inspection

Important Things To Check During Your Pre-Move Inspection

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
After securing your first lease, it’s time for you to do an inspection for any damage before you move in! This process protects you during your move-out and ensures you’re not charged for damage you didn’t create. During the inspection, you and your landlord will do a walk-through of the apartment before you move any items…
Apartment Hunt 101: Tips for Finding a Great Commute
Apartment Hunt 101: Tips for Finding a Great Commute

Apartment Hunt 101: Tips for Finding a Great Commute

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Most people spend hours every week commuting back and forth to work. This can either be an easy or painstaking process, depending on how far your live from your office. In fact, according to a recent study, the average commute each way in cities like NYC, LA and SF is half an hour or more.…