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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.

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Are You a Pushover Renter?

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

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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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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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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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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.

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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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How to Protect Yourself Against Bad Landlords

Here’s how you can take steps to protect yourself, in case you’re stuck with one of the three most common types of bad landlords.

Rules of Thumb for Estimating Apartment Utility Costs

Utilities are a hidden cost: You know you’ll need to plan for them, but when you’re looking for an apartment, they’re not at the top of your mind.

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