Your apartment is a place where you and your roommate can relax and get away from the chaos of the world… usually. Great practical jokes aren’t just for April Fool’s Day! Try these hilarious (but harmless) pranks on your unsuspecting roommate for some guaranteed ROFLs and LOLs. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all heard the term “wear and tear” when it comes to the typical nicks and scratches even the most careful apartment renter causes. But what separates normal “wear and tear” from damages you’re expected to pay for out of your security deposit? (Or, worse yet, in addition to your security deposit?) And how can you address what you consider unfair bills from your landlord when you’re moving out?
Maybe your dog just couldn’t hold it any longer, or there’s a remnant of that green beer from St. Patrick’s Day decorating your living room carpet. Or, perhaps a splash of red wine escaped from your glass. Sound familiar? We’ll walk you through how to get stains out of carpet, since visible stains could prevent you from getting your full security deposit refund when you move out of your apartment. These carpet cleaning tips and tricks will help you get your carpet into great shape again—and get you that full security deposit back. Read the rest of this entry »
We tend to believe that bigger is better, but that isn’t always the case—especially in your living situation! Larger apartments often have higher rent and utility costs, and they take more time and effort to maintain and clean. And don’t forget how much money and work it takes to fill a larger home with furniture and décor!
If you’re starting to feel like your home isn’t the best fit for your life anymore, maybe it’s time to consider moving to a smaller apartment or even a furnished apartment. Not sure if you’re ready to downsize? See if any of these surefire signs it’s time to downsize feel familiar to you. Read the rest of this entry »
Holy cow… you’ve found it. The perfect apartment exists, and there’s a room available. You can even afford the rent! If you live in a hotspot like Denver, Seattle, Dallas, or Nashville, you know how hard it can be to find an affordable room for rent with people you actually like. Now that you’ve found it, how can you get it? We’ll teach you the best way to respond to an ad for a roommate so that your response stands out from the crowd and gets you the result you want. Read the rest of this entry »
Paper cuts. The hiccups. Noisy neighbors. They’re all unpleasant nuisances and sadly, they’re sometimes unavoidable. If you need to turn the volume down on disruptive neighbors but want to avoid an all-out feud, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few realistic ways for getting your noisy neighbors to quiet down! Read the rest of this entry »
What’s that thing flying in your face? Or hovering around your kitchen sink? It could be pesky gnats or fruit flies—yuck! Where do fruit flies come from? How do you get rid of them? Learn how to create homemade traps for these tiny pests, then use a few easy tips to prevent them from coming back with a vengeance! Read the rest of this entry »
Looking for a roommate? Good roommates can be hard to find. And great roommates? They’re like four-leaf clovers. Luckily for you, we can help you find one! Here are our top tips for writing the best roommate ad, so you not only fill your extra room fast, but you fill it with someone that’s a perfect match for your lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »
Are you a savvy shopper? Then you probably know when to catch the best sales and biggest discounts. Did you know the same is true when it comes to renting apartments? If finding the cheapest rent is a top priority for you, it’s all about apartment hunting in the winter months when you can get the best deals on apartments and moving costs. Learn about the benefits of searching in the “off-season,” and find out how to use the cold winter months to your advantage when negotiating rent! Read the rest of this entry »
In many respects, rent-to-own apartments sound almost too good to be true:
- There’s barely a fraction of the maintenance required of a house.
- It can be easier — not to mention more affordable — to find an apartment closer to vibrant downtown areas than similarly located homes.
- It combines the flexibility of renting with the financial security of owning property.
Well, rent-to-own apartments aren’t a dream. They’re real! But they can carry a few real challenges you need to be aware of, as well. Read the rest of this entry »