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!
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 this problem with a single-cup coffee maker, like this one from Keurig. With this sleek machine, all you need is a 4 minutes and you’ll have a fresh cup of coffee in your hands made just the way you like it. My, what exciting times we live in. $140
Everlast Home Pull-Up Bar
For the fitness nut in all of us, there’s the Everlast “Multi Function Chinning Bar.” While upon first glance this may appear to be one of your run-of-the-mill pull up bars, this baby actually has a lot of versatility.
Aside from hanging exercises, you can also hinge it to the bottom of the door and hook your feet under it to bust out a killer sit up session. It also can act as a reliable base for some perfect pushups. Who needs a gym membership when you’ve got this puppy? $30
This is the gift that cable companies don’t want you to know about. Roku really does it all. All you have to do is plug it into the internet, and you can immediately begin streaming HD content onto your home TV. From instant Netflix to MLB.TV to youtube, Roku goes as far as the internet goes… which is to say it goes everywhere. $70
Syrah Coffee Table
This is a gift that will really make you stand out. Most people don’t think of giving furniture as a gift, but it can be perfect for someone that is still trying to fill out their apartment. This coffee table is perfect for every living situation, as its dark frame will complement any interior theme. But if you want to take a walk on the wild side, check out these crazy coffee tables and really let loose! $70
Bose Portable SoundDock
If you want to really wow your recipient, check out this awesome portable ipod speaker system from Bose. With a lithium-ion battery that works like a laptop, you can get 4 hours of crystal-clear music playback from this sleek set up. Trust us, your music has never sounded this good, nor this portable. $350
Have a happy holiday shopping season, everyone! And enjoy those new apartments!
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 becomes a problem.
Mold needs moisture to grow, and it won’t stop growing until that moisture disappears (which is why a lot of black house mold is seasonal).
Causes and Solutions
Mold will show up in your home, usually, for one of two reasons.
1. There is water getting into your apartment.
A leaky shower, unsealed window, a hole in the roof – there is water getting in or soaking through and mold is a-bloomin’.
What to do: Fix it. There is really no other option but to find the source of the water and plug it. Whether that is caulking around your window sills or calling in remodeling professionals depends on the severity of the mold and the leak problem.
On the plus side, your landlord will probably have to pay for most, if not all, of this.
2. Water cannot escape your apartment.
Humans produce moisture. Long steamy showers, sweaty dance parties, warm breath as you sleep: if your windows are steamed up, you’re home is collecting moisture that can’t get out.
What to do: This is a problem more common with newer apartments, condos, and houses that have super-insulated walls and windows. These features mean you save BIG on heating bills; mold is an unfortunate tag-along.
Luckily, cutting down on moldy moisture is fairly simple: give the moisture a way to get out. Keep the bathroom fan pumping away until the mirror is completely steam-free. Crack open a window in your bedroom as you sleep – even just ½ a centimeter.
If you can find the source of the water, mold is easy to take care of, especially if it’s just seasonal window sill mold and not invasive, wall-disintegrating mold. Just wipe it up with a nice eco-friendly cleanser and live in mold-free bliss until next winter!
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.
Even though the folks at SarcasticGamer.com really stick it to the Microsoft Surface, it is a really cool product. So what if it’s not very functional and it costs over $15,000 with the software. Microsoft says this futuristic coffee table could be everywhere from mall to hospitals, to even your house within a few short years. Too bad the Microsoft Surface debuted in 2008.
Alien Coffee Table
Handcrafted from car and bike parts, this alien coffee table is every nerd’s creepy dream come true. And for $875 bucks, it should squirt acid blood on any of your friends who put their drink down without a coaster.
NES Controller Coffee Table
This NES controller coffee table is fully-functional, but it’s insanely hard to play and you’ll have to be a contortionist if you want to do a flying jump-kick in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II. This coffee table isn’t for sale, but this YouTube video gives you a good idea how to make one of these King Kong controllers for your own living room.
Apple Coffee Tables
If you want your coffee table to draw the ladies in, then look elsewhere. This iPhone coffee table is made from 100% corrugate cardboard, and glued together with a bottle of Elmers. The coolest part, each app button has a slot with a removable coaster.
If the old school iPod is more your speed, this iTable is a hand-sanded pine box complete with a blue LED background light in the monitor window. Artist Ashley Burrows used four coats of auto paint, and then lacquered the table to give it that familiar shine.
Moss Coffee Table
Need to bring some life into the apartment, but don’t have any room for a houseplant? This moss-covered coffee table is made with living moss to mirror exotic landscapes from the rolling hills of Tuscany to an Amazon tropical rainforest. Made in Thailand by Ayodhya.
This pressure sensitive table works on any level surface, and runs off 12 volts of electricity. It kind of looks like you’re playing with motor oil, and there’s a gigantic flashlight under the table. Pick custom background colors, frames or table legs in a variety of sizes, with tables starting at 800 euros.
Fire + Ice Coffee Table
Made with anodized aluminum, this table includes a sliding platform to expose an open burner, or a chilling bowl for a bottle of champagne. Danger: Children, pets, newspapers and drunk people should not be in the room when this coffee table is in use.
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.