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Moving Tips
Moving Tips

Moving Tips

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Well, I’m all settled into my new apartment in Chicago. I’ve been here for about a week and a half, and I’m finally catching my breath long enough to report here on how the move went. I had hoped to post some photos of my apartment, but I seem to have misplaced my digital camera’s…
The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)
The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)

The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ikea was having a summer sale this weekend, so I spent most of Saturday picking up small items, and testing out couches, beds, and chairs. I’ll be buying the big furniture pieces at a Chicago-area Ikea when I move in, so I went ahead and bought myself some gift cards to save the money for…
Crisis Averted
Crisis Averted

Crisis Averted

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, the property manager called this morning and said I needed a cosigner. Unfortunately, I don’t have one. I was worried this might happen. The rent is 35% of my income, and my credit score is decent considering my age, so I was hoping I wouldn’t need a cosigner, but apparently, I’m a risk. :)…
Ikea equals awesome
Ikea equals awesome

Ikea equals awesome

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ikea makes every budget look too high. Besides being a madhouse of shoppers and lacking enough employees, Ikea works for every first apartment budget. I planned on paying around $800 to furnish my room. I needed a bed frame, a night stand, a dresser, a bookshelf, a desk, a chair for the desk, and some…
The Wait Begins
The Wait Begins

The Wait Begins

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I cannot wait to move out. My new bedroom is looking nice, right? Look at that view! Staying with my folks got old quick. I’ve been here for just about a year, but after five years on my own at college, give me a break—I can’t take this anymore. I’m the guy who doesn’t bring…
Future Roomie Arguments
Future Roomie Arguments

Future Roomie Arguments

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Well, they say that you learn something new each day, and “they” are right. Our lesson for today was this: no matter how much you love a person, and no matter how well you normally get along, searching for housing will lead to arguments galore. We love each other; we really do. But when it…
Ode to IKEA
Ode to IKEA

Ode to IKEA

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
After the lease is signed, you know where to go when you want some cheap-o stuff for your apartment- a new couch for under 200 bucks, mixing bowls for less than 5 bucks, or a set of pots and pans for $29.99. There’s really just one place, and that’s Ikea. For you Ikea newbies, the…
Roommate Decisions: The Personal Stuff
Roommate Decisions: The Personal Stuff

Roommate Decisions: The Personal Stuff

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The key to a successful roommate relationship is having each party know what to expect right from the start. The best way to accomplish this is by drafting a written roommate agreement that anticipates problems before they arise and establishes ways to deal with them.
Let the Hunt Begin
Let the Hunt Begin

Let the Hunt Begin

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Welcome to My First Apartment, a brand new website dedicated to helping you survive your flight from the nest and into the great, wide world of renting. As experts in the field of screwing up and learning by experience, we have amassed a wealth of tips about what to look for when scouting for a…
Roommate Agreement Checklist
Roommate Agreement Checklist

Roommate Agreement Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Want to set some ground rules among roommates? Use our Roommate Agreement Check List as a guideline for a discussion about sharing rent and expenses, work schedules, interests, significant others, visitors, pets, etc.