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9 Apartment Decorating Tips

Just because you don’t own your apartment doesn’t mean you can’t decorate. With a few nice touches you can turn your small rental into a welcoming home. Here are just a few tips for converting your apartment into your own: […]

By |July 21st, 2015|Apartment Living|
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Checking An Apartment’s Safety: It Starts With The Door

Prior to renting an apartment, no matter how great the space is or ideal the location, it’s worthwhile to check its safety and security. Here are a few things to check, starting with the door. […]

By |July 20th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|
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The Apartment Inspection

When making an offer to buy a home or condo, you typically have an “inspection contingency.” Within a few days of an accepted offer, you pay a professional or general contractor to inspect the house. If there are issues, you can back out of the deal, free and clear…  minus the $200 – $1,000+ you paid the inspector. Or you go back to the seller and renegotiate. When renting, when signing a lease and committing to live in an apartment for 12-24 months, there’s no such thing as in inspection contingency. You see an apartment, pay application fees and a deposit, and while you can do a final walk through before signing the lease, many renters skip it. Instead, your left doing your own walk-through, typically when you first view the apartment. So throw on your hard hat, put on your contractor-game-face, fire up our evaluation guide, and get ready to inspect. If you’re working with a broker, have them help you.   […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|
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How to Deal with Your Roommate’s Pet

  So, you have a roommate and that roommate comes with baggage. Not just any baggage, like bulky furniture, or a propensity to leave dishes in the sink, or a plethora of knitting materials. No, it’s something a lot more lively and furry, and it might chew up your shoes. Now, if it’s a fish or lizard, you probably won’t be coming into contact with the pet too much. But if it’s a cat or dog, whether you’re an animal lover or not, sometimes a furry friend can come between you and your roommate. Here are 5 ways to deal with your roommate’s pet: […]

By |July 13th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|
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The 4 Most Notable Residential Buildings in New York City

  New York City is always pushing the boundaries, and its residential buildings are no exception. Whether it’s a 9 foot wide house, apartments over 1000 feet in the sky, or a mansion full of ghosts, New York has it all. Here are four of New York’s most notorious residences: […]

By |July 10th, 2015|Apartment Living|
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Living with Roommates: To Roommate or Not to Roommate?

  As a recent article in The New York Times pointed out, more and more adults are choosing to live with roommates, despite having the financial means to afford their own apartments. For some, the high cost of living alone in New York is just not worth it, and they prefer to save their money by not pouring it all into their rent. For others, the choice of living with roommates is more about the built-in social connection of sharing space with others. New York is not an easy place to live in, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed and isolated by your surroundings. We often take for granted that roommates provide vital social interaction, mostly as an ear for venting. Here are a few other reasons why living with roommates is beneficial and could be right for you. […]

By |July 8th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|
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How to Make The Most Of Your Unused Space

A few years ago National Geographic did the math and realized that if everyone in the world stood shoulder to shoulder, we would all fit in Los Angeles. Granted, this isn’t the most useful of thought experiments, but it illustrates something shockingly obvious that we’re all constantly overlooking – there’s plenty of space to go around. Take NYC, for example. This is a city where getting an apartment even remotely close to what you wanted is a cause for celebration. But if you’re anything like 69% of most New Yorkers, you’ll spend countless years moving up a few hundred square feet at a time in your search for the “perfect place.” But the perfect place can be any place, really, as long as you’re creative. Here are 7 ways to totally rethink your apartment and rediscover all the square feet you’ve been overlooking. […]

By |July 8th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|
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5 Ways to Celebrate Fall in New York

Southwest corner of Central Park, facing East. Image: Ed Yourdon After surviving the onslaught of inescapable heat and humidity (except for the brief deep freeze of riding the subway and popping into your bank) that is living in New York during the summer, enjoy the relief of moderate temperatures of the changing seasons by embracing the outdoorsiness of the city and by immersing yourself in seasonal fare. […]

By |October 10th, 2014|Apartment Living|
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5 World Record Apartments

As New York City renters, we often think we’ve seen it all when it comes to crazy apartments. But these five apartments not only go above and beyond the extremes in the big apple – they’ve set worldwide records. […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Apartment Living|
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The Ins and Outs of Temporary Walls

For years, temporary walls (i.e., room dividers, rent-savers, space-creators) have answered the prayers of NYC apartment hunters looking to save space and money. With a one day installation and a one-time payment averaging between $800-$2000 (based on wall size and type), a one bedroom apartment could turn into a two, a two bedroom into a three, and so on. […]

By |August 6th, 2014|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|