Posts Tagged: security

Going on Vacation? Your Ultimate Apartment Prep Checklist
Going on Vacation? Your Ultimate Apartment Prep Checklist

Going on Vacation? Your Ultimate Apartment Prep Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re going away for a couple of nights, you’re probably not thinking too much about what could happen to your apartment as it sits alone and unattended for such a short time. But what if you’re taking a much longer vacation? When do you need a friend or a family member to “check in”…
Should You Buy Renters Insurance? Pros and Cons
Should You Buy Renters Insurance? Pros and Cons

Should You Buy Renters Insurance? Pros and Cons

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The word insurance can send shivers down many a spine. In healthcare, for example, insurance is the divide between paying a modest amount for healthcare and going into extreme long-term debt. In renting, though, insurance is not nearly as dramatic.  Renters insurance is usually quite modestly priced and straightforward. For a generally affordable monthly or…
Should You Install A Security System In Your Apartment?
Should You Install A Security System In Your Apartment?

Should You Install A Security System In Your Apartment?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
There are few notions quite as unsettling as the idea that neither you nor your belongings are truly safe at home. According to the FBI, over 2 million homes each year fall prey to burglary. Even if you lock the knob, deadbolt, and chain on your front door, close and lock all your windows, and…
Checklist for Prepping Your Apartment for Your Vacay
Checklist for Prepping Your Apartment for Your Vacay

Checklist for Prepping Your Apartment for Your Vacay

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the best things about summer is having the time to get away from home on vacation. Whether you’re a beach, cabin, lake, or destination-lover, you probably still have a trip or two in your plans. But what happens to your apartment while you’re away? Here’s a quick and easy checklist-timeline to help you…
Does Renter’s Insurance Really Work? YES!
Does Renter’s Insurance Really Work? YES!

Does Renter’s Insurance Really Work? YES!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As MFA is a site dedicated to apartment rentals, we endorse renter’s insurance because: 1) It seems like a smart idea to insure your stuff against the unthinkable and 2) It’s SUPER inexpensive for the value it brings (Alex and I have been paying around $150/year for up to $20,000 of coverage). In this post,…
Apt Security Advice from the Recently Robbed
Apt Security Advice from the Recently Robbed

Apt Security Advice from the Recently Robbed

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As I wrote last week, Alex and I were recently burgled. It was. . . unenjoyable. But, we did learn some important tips from the Chicago PD. They arrived about two hours after we called and by then we’d gone through the apartment moving items, unaware they would want to dust for prints. Hopefully, you’ll…
Protect yourself financially when it comes to new roommates
Protect yourself financially when it comes to new roommates

Protect yourself financially when it comes to new roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, I lost the roommate battle. Well, perhaps I should say that I conceded — with certain strict requirements. When we left off last week, I wasn’t crazy about this chick’s personality. However, after seeing her one more time, she seemed. . . nice enough. And, pretty stable. Not exactly, the glowing words one would…