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Moving day: T-minus three days…
Moving day: T-minus three days…

Moving day: T-minus three days…

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We apologize for not posting much lately, but this Saturday is moving day, and boy, have we been busy. Shopping for a TV. Shopping for a couch. Packing. Trying to take care of all the tedious, “administrative” stuff. And the list goes on. Here are a couple pointers for ya: 1) Decide exactly how you’ll…
Renovation gamble that paid off
Renovation gamble that paid off

Renovation gamble that paid off

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our friend Ned reports how he gambled and won in the renovation game. A recent Temple University grad, he is now living in the Society Hill neighborhood in Philadelphia in a totally renovated rental. Here’s how he did it. ”As I watched another open house-attendee write a check for the unit’s deposit, I berated myself…
Redecorating to make old new again
Redecorating to make old new again

Redecorating to make old new again

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
While it’s true that some folks choose the wintry months to move into a new place, most of us prefer to haul sofas upstairs sans snow boots. There’s just something unappetizing about carrying boxes of delicate dishes along icy sidewalks. As such, for the most of us, we’ve been staring at the same apartment for…
Making an Apartment into a Home
Making an Apartment into a Home

Making an Apartment into a Home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Think about every place you’ve ever lived; from your bunk bed at overnight camp many moons ago to your last college dorm room, there was something uniting about all your past abodes. And, even though living on your own for the first time might feel foreign, if not a bit terrifying, there are tricks to…
Le Dog and Le Apartment
Le Dog and Le Apartment

Le Dog and Le Apartment

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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…
Sites Kate Likes
Sites Kate Likes

Sites Kate Likes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Design/Lifestyle:http://apartmenttherapy.com –Daily blogs featuring news, reviews, and other info to help make your apartment a better place. New York, LA, San Francisco, and Chicago all have their own blogs, but the advice contained within will be inspirational wherever you live. Also check out the “Kitchen” blog for design and cooking tips. http://shelterrific.com –From the publishers…
Alissa Rents in Euro Land
Alissa Rents in Euro Land

Alissa Rents in Euro Land

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our friend Alissa recalls her rental experiences in Europe. “There are so many unique and inspired reasons to move abroad. From studying to teaching English to gaining some work experience, I don’t know anyone who regretted their decision to leave American soil for a time. As for me? I’ve lived abroad twice for a combined…
Five Six Things to Do Before You Move In
Five Six Things to Do Before You Move In

Five Six Things to Do Before You Move In

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
1. Document any problems with the apartment with photographs and detailed descriptions so that you have no problem getting your security deposit back when you move out. Give a copy of this list to your landlord (this may even prompt him or her to make a few more repairs!) 2. Turn on your utilities. Nobody…
Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration
Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration

Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A couple of months ago I realized that I’d never gotten around to putting anything on my walls. So I set to work: I went to the Rose Bowl flea market in search of wall art. Flea markets, by the way, can be a great place to find antique furniture, decorations, or more random things…
I love my new chair. And Craigslist.
I love my new chair. And Craigslist.

I love my new chair. And Craigslist.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Yesterday, I acquired a comfy new chair. It’s round and cushy with a straight back, shaped almost like someone got a very large barrel, cut out the front third, and upholstered it. It swivels, guaranteeing hours of revolving fun to come. It’s white leather, aged, to be sure, but nothing a little leather cleaner and…