About the Author helps novice renters successfully navigate the first year of living on their own. The blog shares proven tips and tricks for everything from finding the perfect rental or roommate, to furnishing on a small budget or no budget, to dealing with landlords or roommate's girlfriends.

Stories by myfirstapartment


A Guide to Giving Holiday Gifts to Your Roommates

Exchanging gifts with your roommates can be a rewarding bonding experience if done with finesse, following a few ground rules.

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No Painting Allowed! 6 Tricks for Adding Color When Living With White Walls

A nicely painted wall is a great way to make a space your own, but it’s definitely not the only way.

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How to Negotiate Lower Rent With a Potential Landlord

It starts with determining your leverage.


When and How to Break a Lease

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel you need to break your lease, remember that it can be an expensive and difficult process. That said, sometimes it’s worth it. Here are the two main scenarios and how to deal with them.


Are You a Pushover Renter?

By Alex Starace for Some people are too nice. Often renters, especially new renters, fall into this category: they’re so […]


Rental Perks You Might Get ... If You Ask

There’s no guarantee your landlord will say yes to any of these extras, but it’s worth making the inquiry.

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5 Steps for Decorating Your First Apartment

While it’s tempting to rush and just get it done, a thoughtful process will pay off in the long run.

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Spring Cleaning: No Mops Required

It’s officially spring, which means it’s also time for a little spring cleaning. Here are a few suggestions that will vastly improve the comfort of your home in one afternoon’s worth of work.

Yes-No Checklist

How to Know an Apartment Is Right for You

Hunting for an apartment is stressful. What’s important, though, is that you don’t let the stress ruin your decision-making.

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10 Steps to Finding Your First Rental

When you’re looking for an apartment for the first time, it can be overwhelming.The best way not to panic is to break the process down into 10 sequential steps.

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Tips for Long-Distance Apartment Searches

Moving cross-country can be stressful, particularly when you don’t know much about the city where you’re moving. However, a few simple steps can help ensure that your search is successful.

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Renter's Guide to Holiday Tipping

Whom should you tip and how much to give? Here are some guidelines for showing appreciation in the form of a tip during the holiday season.

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Tips for Hosting a Party in a Small Apartment

Follow these tips and you’ll be the host/hostess of the season, even in your cozy digs.

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Equip Your First Kitchen for Under $200

The key is collecting a handful of multipurpose tools that can be used in a wide array of food preparations.


6 Ways to Make Your Apartment More Secure

Apartment security is something that’s easily overlooked, particularly by new renters, but it shouldn’t be.

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