So you’ve spent your long summer days at your parents’ pad and while we all wish those days could have lasted a little longer… that wishful thinking makes it even harder to believe that the end of summer is already upon us. Yes, it’s already time to start thinking about the move back to campus and another year at school. Which means it’s time to start thinking about finding your own pad! While PadMapper is making apartment-hunting suck less, today, we’re here with some tips for making the move back to college suck less too! … [Read more...] about Moving Back to College After Summer Vacation
The holiday season is finally upon us. After a turbulent year filled with oil spills and elections, it’s time to shift our focus to the people that are closest to us. Of course, with end of the year comes the hectic holiday shopping season. With millions of gift guides floats around out there on the internets, it can be hard to sift through them all and find the right presents for your loved ones. And of course, we wouldn’t be doing our part if we didn’t add to the madness. If you or a loved one has moved into a new apartment in the last year, now is the perfect time to give a gift that will complement their new abode. Without further ado, here are 5 awesome items for that special someone who just moved into a new apartment. Keurig Single-Cup Coffee Maker Apartment-life can be difficult, especially when it comes to coffee. When roommates have different preferences from one another, what comes out of the communal coffee maker can be a contentious issue. Eliminate … [Read more...] about Holiday Gift Guide for that New Apartment
Once rainy weather hits, it hits with a vengeance. For some of you (Seattle) drizzle has been a part of the daily forecast since mid-September. For other more sun-friendly cities, the joint-aching dampness of winter is just settling in. And as it does, so does the mold. Mold is tricky. It's something you're supposed to look out for when you're looking for an apartment to rent – but you're doing so during summer, chances are mold is invisible. Come winter: your apartment is a haven of mold spores and funguses. What is mold? In short, it's the gray-blue-black speckles on your window sills, walls, bathroom counter, and anywhere moisture can linger. Unless you're living in an utter hovel, your molds are not going to be the kind of ultra-destructive, health-endangering, move-out-or-perish monstrosities you see when you Google "house mold." Your black mold is going to be small and confined and only a little bit nasty. But it's still better to eliminate it before it … [Read more...] about Wet Damp Weather Means Mold, Mold, Mold!
If your kitchen looks like this: and your dining room/living room/everything-else-room look like this: planning a Thanksgiving celebration that is more than just you and your goldfish and an E-Z Thaw-and-Go Turkey Dinner is damn near impossible. But not totally impossible. Hosting an (albeit small-ish) Thanksgiving feastivle in your urban studio apartment will be a challenge, but once you conquer a few pint-sized problems it's all cranberry sauce and belt-loosening joy. … [Read more...] about How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment
Forget the plasma 3D television. If you want to impress your guests, the coffee table is where it's at. It's the first step to bridging the gap between style and function. And since your living room is valuable real estate in your apartment for rent, you might as well express yourself with a coffee table that's insanely cool. Toss out that old Ikea four-legger and plant your flag on the party map because everyone will want to hang at your place if you have one of these crazy coffee tables. 9 Crazy Coffee Tables to Upgrade Your Apartment DJ Coffee Table It's the first coffee table you'll want people to scratch. Seriously though, this DJ coffee table is only a photo transfer of a turntable and a mixer. While it can't play the greatest hits, the faded image gives this coffee table a vintage flair that's sure to be a conversation starter. $895. Microsoft Surface Even though the folks at SarcasticGamer.com really stick it to the Microsoft Surface, it is a really cool … [Read more...] about Crazy Coffee Tables to Make Your Apartment More Awesome
It's the "Yes We Can," of 2010:The Rent is Too Damn High. Breakfast lunch, and dinner, the rent is too damn high. Jimmy McMillan, the fearless, bearded leader of the Rent is Too Damn High Party, has raised high-rent awareness across the country. He just received the ultimate accolade: his very own SNL spoof. But little did non-New Yorkers know he's been a statewide figure since 1994. Here on this election day, we learn more about the man behind the most hilarious political slogan to date, what his party's all about, and how to find out (before you vote) if your rent really is too damn high. … [Read more...] about The Rent is Too Damn High – Padmapper Explores The Man, The Politics, and The Rent