Author Archive

Two movers install a rental fridge inside an apartment.

The Pros and Cons of Renting Appliances

in Saving Money on by

You’ve just moved into your new apartment, and all the furniture donated by your friends and family is finally in its place. But then you realize you’re missing the creature comforts that, for many, are as vital to survival as running water and heat: a big screen TV, an Xbox, and more importantly, a stove, […] read more

A black leather loveseat sits cozily in a small living area.

The Best Small-Space Furniture Buys For Under $150

Gone are the days of moving into a new apartment and wondering how you’re going to fill it up so voices don’t echo off the walls. Today, you pay more and more for less and less space — but that doesn’t necessarily mean our needs as renters have changed. read more

Frustrated girl scolds her careless, messy roommate.

10 Red Flags You Shouldn’t Ignore When Choosing a Roommate

in Roommates on by

Finding a good roommate is as difficult as finding a good life partner. The chemistry has to be right. You don’t need to agree on everything, but there does have to be give-and-take, mutual respect, and open, honest communication. And much like taking a leap into a romantic relationship, there are no guarantees that the […] read more

A pristine stainless steel refrigerator sits in a clean kitchen, with its upper door open to reveal a plethora of food.

Chill Out: Finding Great Deals on Cheap Refrigerators

in Saving Money on by

Frozen eggs, warm beer, wilted greens, curdled milk: all these are signs it’s time for a new refrigerator. An essential major appliance, refrigerators come in various styles and sizes to meet both individual and family needs — and the best part is that finding one that fits your aesthetic and budget is as easy as […] read more

A large vacant master bedroom.

Who Gets The Master Bedroom? 9 Ways To Decide

in Roommates on by

Communal living always comes with challenges. Even if you were an only child, chances are there were some trying times with your parents. As an adult, cohabitating with other adults is fraught with disputes, often starting with who gets the master or largest bedroom in the apartment, condo, or house upon moving in. Solutions to […] read more

A rack of clothes at a consignment store.

Everything You Need to Know About Consignment Stores

in Saving Money on by

“Hand-me-down,” “used,” and “second-hand” are all terms that make people uneasy when purchasing home furnishings, but if you’ve ever been to a consignment store before, chances are you came out with a completely different attitude. Often confused with thrift shops, consignment stores provide a unique buying experience that’s impossible to find at most run-of-the-mill discount […] read more

Young woman thinks of what she wants to say as she prepares to write her landlord a complaint letter.

The Right Way to Write a Complaint Letter

in Help Me Now!, Legal Issues on by

In an age where texts and emails are the preferred forms of communication, it’s safe to say that letter writing has become a foreign concept to many people. But in some professional situations — like when you need to complain to your landlord about problems with your apartment — you’ll find that a formal, typed […] read more

A residential telephone pole displays neighborhood watch signs.

How Safe is Your New Neighborhood? Things to Check Out Before You Sign That Lease

in Health & Safety, Moving on by

Moving to a new neighborhood is exciting, because suddenly everything is different for you, from the place where you get your morning coffee to the place where you shop for groceries. On top of that, there are new opportunities to make friends, new areas to learn about, and breathtaking new vistas to soak in. But […] read more

When it comes to dealing with heavy-duty spills, you'll want to avoid cleaning with paper towels.

8 Bad Cleaning Habits That are Costing You Time and Energy

in Apartment Living, Top Articles on by

Some view cleaning as a zen experience, while others regard it as a sort of necessary evil. Regardless of your own views on it, there’s no question that it has to be done. But wouldn’t it be nice if we could save both time and energy on our chores by doing them way more quickly […] read more