There are plenty of sad truths in life. To name a few: you have to pay taxes, your beloved dog won’t live forever, and your apartment rent will go up, not down. While it’s important to accept these facts, it’s equally as important to keep an eye out for things that seem unfair. For example, your landlord cannot raise the rent whenever they feel like it! Rent laws vary by state, but there are some general guidelines that can help you figure out if you’re dealing with an illegal rent increase. If your rent has recently increased or your landlord has announced that one is coming, you’ll want to read this. Read the rest of this entry »
“BRRR! It’s cold in here! There must be some Toros in the atmosphere!” Or maybe you just have some old apartment windows? Yes, we’re quoting Bring It On, but it is a fitting description of your drafty apartment. Plus, we’re just excited to share these creative ways you can lower your heating bill this winter without damaging your apartment. So now, bring it on! (The savings, that is). Read the rest of this entry »
Monthly rent: every renter pays it, and every renter hates it. However, if you want to keep a roof over your head, it’s an unavoidable expense. Sadly, rents have been soaring in areas all over the country, even outpacing home values. So, what can you do when it’s poised to go up? You might be surprised to find that your hands aren’t necessarily tied. Get tips to avoid a rental increase from your friends at ApartmentSearch! Read the rest of this entry »
With the possible exception of “crazy neighbors” and “rat infestation,” no two words strike more fear into the hearts of renters than “rent increase.” If you know or suspect an increase is coming, don’t wait for it to hit your bank account. Speak with your landlord. Make it known that you wish to negotiate the rent increase. And let them know you have a few ideas they might wish to consider. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s a new workplace reality and it doesn’t involve a cubicle. More and more people are pursuing work from home opportunities and choosing to take this lifestyle to a new level. Enter: the digital nomad. These individuals leverage technology to work remotely and live an independent, nomadic lifestyle. From freelance writing to massage therapy, opportunities abound for apartment-run businesses.
These forward-thinkers don’t want to be tied down with moving expenses, shipping, furniture storage, and in some cases, long-term payment plans associated with financing a dream-couch-that-doesn’t-fit-in-your-new-Parisian-loft. Renting a furnished apartment is the perfect solution for people who want to live comfortably and stylishly, but never be tied down. Here are some of the major benefits to choosing furnished digs. Read the rest of this entry »
“Summer breeze, makes me feel fine,” but summer heat and electricity bills definitely do not. If you live in an apartment, you’re probably familiar with the rising costs of your energy bill in the summer. So how can you keep your cool without paying a fortune? Here are some great money-saving hacks, just for apartment renters. Read the rest of this entry »
The boxes are packed, the keys are in hand, and a little voice from within seems to be whispering, “YOU’RE AN ADULT NOW!” While getting out of mom and dad’s place or even your college dorm is the first step to really being out on your own, one small factor could stop you straight in your tracks: those dolla’ dolla’ bills. Budgeting for your first apartment can be, to put it lightly, a learning experience. Because if you like to move it, move it, you’ve gotta pay it, pay it. Did you know that according to Gallup, only 32% of Americans create a monthly budget? Somehow, budgeting has taken a back burner in the lives of young people, especially. But don’t worry – we can help. Here are some expenses that you may have forgotten about, along with some smart solutions to keep them in check. Read the rest of this entry »
On Friday, November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. On this prestigious occasion, there really is nothing more important than recognizing our veterans who served this country in World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, and other military initiatives throughout the world. They made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that we – and our families – live peaceful lives in the country that we love. The millions of active duty and reserve Americans serving in the U.S. Army, the Navy, the Marines, and the National Guard also deserve our wholehearted support on this day and every day throughout the year. Read the rest of this entry »
The traditional 9 to 5 scenario of driving to an office, sitting in a cubicle for hours, and then forgetting about work at the end of the day may soon be a thing of the past. According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 45 percent of U.S. employees now work from home and 53 million people work as freelancers. From being a massage therapist to an event planner, get the scoop on these four oh-so-fulfilling businesses you can run out of your apartment. Read the rest of this entry »
Does the thought of your heating bill make you shiver? If you live in an apartment, you may think there isn’t much you can do to reduce you heating bill this winter. However, even those living in cities with colder climates, like apartment dwellers in Columbus or Seattle, can make small changes to cut back on expensive heating costs. Here are a few ways to save on costs with little time and effort.
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