The Move

How to deal when when your friend is looking for an apartment too
How to deal when when your friend is looking for an apartment too

How to deal when when your friend is looking for an apartment too

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s tough to think about others when you’re super stressed; either you and your friend will bond over your housing woes – or you’ll just compound them. But, as long as you are not competing for exactly the same type of place, your friend might be an excellent resource and/or sounding board. But, there are…
More Apartment Websites!!
More Apartment Websites!!

More Apartment Websites!!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Looking at Apartment Therapy’s website last week made me wonder just what other type of resources are out there. If you didn’t check out Apartment Therapy last week, or even if you did, they’re currently showcasing the winners of their annual Small, Cool, Apartment contest. The contest is really, pretty rad and definitely should silence…
Spring Dumpster Diving for Free Furniture!
Spring Dumpster Diving for Free Furniture!

Spring Dumpster Diving for Free Furniture!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Dumpster Diving It’s a pretty great term, right? It sounds almost exotic—maybe even hipster cool these days. I mean, Mary-Kate Olsen’s even made running around like a Hobo look hot. Hear me out though — I’m not recommending that you jump headfirst into your smelly neighborhood garbage can, but welcome to the Christmas of moving…
Did I take that apartment too soon? EEK!
Did I take that apartment too soon? EEK!

Did I take that apartment too soon? EEK!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As you’ve probably noticed, most of my advice comes from my own experiences. I don’t claim to know everything(oh, oh, I laugh), but I do have 20/20 hindsight vision. That said, I’m still unsure as to whether or not I made the right choice in taking my apartment. To recap—it was the 3 bedroom in…
Moving to a pad in a new city: Part 2
Moving to a pad in a new city: Part 2

Moving to a pad in a new city: Part 2

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, as promised, here are some more tips on how to move cities without pulling all your hair out. Never done that yet– but yeah, come close. Shudder. 4) Be realistic about how you will fund the move. Often, if you are moving for a job, companies will offer stipends. And, even if yours hasn’t,…
Finding a pad in a new city
Finding a pad in a new city

Finding a pad in a new city

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Word on the street, is that many of you are attempting to not only move apartments, but move cities as well! Firstly, congratulations – that’s a big, scary move and no matter the impetus be it a significant other, job, family or ___, you deserve kudos for the effort. I should know. I just uprooted…
Using Craigslist: A Sample Email That Got Results
Using Craigslist: A Sample Email That Got Results

Using Craigslist: A Sample Email That Got Results

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In my last post, I gave suggestions about what attributes made a good response to a Craigslist Apartment listing. Today, you get to see the email that ‘won’ me the chance to meet my now future-roommate for my now-future apartment(I move in Wednesday!!) Subject: Park Slope Apartment!Hello! My name’s Alissa, I’m 25(f), originally from Chicago,…
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…
We have a winner!(OR, I FOUND AN APARTMENT!!)
We have a winner!(OR, I FOUND AN APARTMENT!!)

We have a winner!(OR, I FOUND AN APARTMENT!!)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Another weekend, another apartment search, right? Wrong, amigos. This three day weekend was 100% mine; craigslist can kiss my non-irish arse. How come? Because this gal–this gal right here–found an apartment! I’ll give you the stats and then I’ll discuss: 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, $900.Location: 10 — Central Park Slope. it’s only two blocks to…