The dreaded move out. Whether you’re moving in with a significant other, crossing state lines for a job, or hunting for a new place all to yourself, the bottom line is the same: you need to clear out your old apartment. Before you get overwhelmed by all that this entails, get yourself familiar with … [Read more...] about What to Do Before Moving Out
8 Things You Need to Know About Renters’ Rights
Most people don’t realize they have certain rights when it comes to renting an apartment. In fact, there are many things you, as a renter, are entitled to in your living situation. It’s important to know your tenant rights so that you are aware of what you can and cannot do in certain situations. … [Read more...] about 8 Things You Need to Know About Renters’ Rights
Apartment Inspections: What to Know
Renting an apartment from a landlord or property manager comes with the understanding that the space is not going to be yours forever. In fact, landlords have made this property their investment, so it makes sense that they want to keep it in good shape, and performing an occasional inspection is … [Read more...] about Apartment Inspections: What to Know
6 Tips for Apartment Hunting with Pets
It’s time to start looking for a new apartment, and you have your requirements. At the top of the list? Making sure the place is pet-friendly so you can bring your four-legged companion. Finding a spot that works for you and your pet can be challenging, but have no fear! Here are some tips on how to … [Read more...] about 6 Tips for Apartment Hunting with Pets
5 Ways To Get Better Sleep Tonight
Did you know that: The Brown Bat (not pictured; significantly less cute) is the mammal that sleeps the most, typically clocking just short of 20 hours per day The average person will spend one third of their life asleep 35% of adults are getting less sleep than they need You've … [Read more...] about 5 Ways To Get Better Sleep Tonight
What’s the deal with renters insurance?
Rental application. Credit report. Income statement. Lease. Guarantor. Roommate agreement. Renters insurance. These are just a few of the terms you’re probably entirely too familiar with if you’re in the process of relocating. And by entirely too familiar, of course, I mean that you’ve heard them … [Read more...] about What’s the deal with renters insurance?
Can I Evict My Roommate?
Maybe you were so desperate for a roommate that you accepted the first one who applied (avoid this!). Perhaps an old relationship went sour or a friendship fell apart. Or maybe you're frankly just sick of looking at that bowl that's been in the sink for the last two weeks. What was … [Read more...] about Can I Evict My Roommate?
5 Pieces of Deceptively Cool Ikea Furniture
One of my fondest memories involves building furniture with my dad in my very first apartment. Getting my own place and my own furniture felt like a rite of passage; a step out of college and into adulthood that I had watched so many take before me. Fast forward five years and now, my Ikea … [Read more...] about 5 Pieces of Deceptively Cool Ikea Furniture
What U.S. and Canadian Cities Have Rent Control Laws?
Rent control refers to a set of laws that places limitations on how much a landlord is allowed to charge residents to occupy a property. These laws can cover anything from the timing and amount of rent increases to how frequently they can occur and what is considered grounds for eviction of a … [Read more...] about What U.S. and Canadian Cities Have Rent Control Laws?
3 Tips for Interviewing a Potential Roommate
This is a guest post written by 5-year San Francisco resident (and current master tenant) Krysta Gahagen. Interviewing roommates can be a tough and emotional process and it can be tempting to want to accept the first person you meet just to get it over with. However, the people you end up … [Read more...] about 3 Tips for Interviewing a Potential Roommate