Posts Tagged: rent

What Is a Guarantor?
What Is a Guarantor?

What Is a Guarantor?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Even if you’re mentally ready to move into your first apartment, you might not be financially ready. In some parts of the country, it’s common practice for landlords to require that your yearly income be 40 times the monthly rent, limiting your available options (or forcing you to split your rent with roommates). That’s why…
Can Your Landlord Raise Your Rent?
Can Your Landlord Raise Your Rent?

Can Your Landlord Raise Your Rent?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’ve ever rented an apartment, you’re probably all too familiar with the nagging worry that your landlord will eventually raise your rent. In some cities, this practice is more common than in others, though it is fully legal throughout the U.S. That said, there are rules on how landlords must go about raising your…
Does A Raise Mean You Should Upgrade Your Apartment?
Does A Raise Mean You Should Upgrade Your Apartment?

Does A Raise Mean You Should Upgrade Your Apartment?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When your next raise kicks in, you may find yourself dreaming of all the things you could buy with that cash bump. You might want to consider using that extra money to redecorate your home. You may even think about an entirely new apartment that’s now in your budget. But does a raise mean you…
A Short Guide to Your First Apartment Viewing
A Short Guide to Your First Apartment Viewing

A Short Guide to Your First Apartment Viewing

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the most important parts of finding an apartment is seeing it. You need to schedule an apartment viewing and thoroughly check out the space that will potentially be your home for the next year or longer. The viewing is the time to make sure that this is the kind of space you want…
Fill Out a Quick Winter Utilities Survey for a Chance to Win $50 Gift Certificate
Fill Out a Quick Winter Utilities Survey for a Chance to Win $50 Gift Certificate

Fill Out a Quick Winter Utilities Survey for a Chance to Win $50 Gift Certificate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. The randomly selected winner of a $50 Amazon gift certificate is…kaksakas from Los Angeles. Congratulations to the winner and thanks to all the survey participants! At MyFirstApartment.com, we are asked every day how to estimate apartment utilities.  We did a summer utilities survey last July — see the results here  —…
How Much Does It Cost To Move To Your Next Apartment?
How Much Does It Cost To Move To Your Next Apartment?

How Much Does It Cost To Move To Your Next Apartment?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’m in the process of moving to a new apartment, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I am moving from a tiny place to a more spacious townhouse with a yard for our dog and a great location for both work and play. But, how much is all of this going to cost?…
Planning the Move to Your Next Apartment
Planning the Move to Your Next Apartment

Planning the Move to Your Next Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’ve been living in a small apartment with my boyfriend and our dog for a while now (you can follow my whole story by looking here) and we have been considering upsizing for about 10 months. In the last 6 months, we started seriously thinking about it, researching online, and making a list of things we…
First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist
First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist

First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve signed the lease and you have a move-in date. You know how much rent you can afford. But what are your expenses once you move in? Let’s break it down. First, there’s the moving. This is a one-time expense, but it can be a big one. You need to decide whether you’re using movers…