Renters Survival Guide

Should You Get Renter’s Insurance For Your Apartment?

Renter’s Insurance might seem like just another bill—just another hassle of the increasingly overrated “Life of an Adult”—but it might just prove worth the extra line item on your credit card statement.   What renter’s insurance protects you against Like so much in life, it depends. Broadly, renter’s insurance protects against damage or loss of […]

By  Caitlin Morgan
| Filed Under: Renters Insurance

Get the Most Out of Your Apartment Bathroom: About.com Guest Post!

By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower – About.com’s Apartment Living Expert! Although apartments come in all shapes and sizes, one thing they have in common is a bathroom. However, when it comes to making decisions relating to convenience, comfort, and decor, many renters choose to focus their attention on other rooms in their apartment. It’s true […]

By  ronleshnower
| Filed Under: Bathroom

How to Negotiate the Utilities for Your Apartment

 Think your bills are set in stone? Think again. You can even negotiate the interest rate on your credit card, for cripe’s sake. How could your powers of persuasion lower your household expenses?   Always ask Always, always ask if there’s any way you could pay less for a given service. That doesn’t mean asking, […]

By  Caitlin Morgan
| Filed Under: Finances

What To Buy For Your Apartment For Life

Look at you trying to be a Real Adult. Life is post-college, you have a job that you can’t schedule around Friday hangovers caused by Thursday night beer pong, and you feel like you shouldn’t be totally mortified if you actually manage to bring someone home who seems sophisticated enough to wash her dishes more […]

By  Caitlin Morgan
| Filed Under: Finances,Tips & Tricks

Watch TV Online! …Legally

Oh good for you! You’re just starting to watch TV online, and you’ve heard that sometimes people do it illegally, and you’d never want to break the law, especially copyright law. (Right, because you’re not reading this because you broke your boss’s computer with a virus you got while streaming illegally in his office, or […]

By  Caitlin Morgan
| Filed Under: Apartment Parties

How Much Should You Spend on Rent?

Conventional wisdom has historically limited rent to 25% of your income before taxes. Surveys suggest Americans are paying upwards of 30%, lots of times more. My friends who live in San Francisco often pay at least half their income to a landlord every month. Domu.com’s rent calculator puts “low end” at 20% of income, “middle […]

By  Caitlin Morgan
| Filed Under: Apartment Search,Rent

DIY Storage Containers for Your Apartment

Maybe you just moved  into your new rental and you have too many boxes that you can either a) recycle or b) turn into lasting storage containers. Here’s our round-up of good DIY storage container ideas: Shoebox → cord organizer I’m not the world’s most organized person, but I especially hate the tangle of cords […]

By  Caitlin Morgan
| Filed Under: Apartment DIY,Decorating

Have a Cheap Valentine’s Day with Friends!

As you can tell from our previous posts, we MyNewPlacers really get into the holiday spirit. I’ll be honest, though: While I revel in the stream of Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New Year’s… I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day.  (True story: I’ve actually had a breakup on Valentine’s Day.) If you’re single, you feel like you’re missing […]

By  Kate Flynn
| Filed Under: Apartment Parties,Holidays

How to Negotiate Your Rent

Americans aren’t always comfortable with haggling, but in the case of rent, price negotiations could be huge. You can raise the question of reduced rent with your landlord before you sign a lease, mid-lease, or even at the end of the lease. Stay friendly, and make sure your timing is good for your landlord, as […]

By  Caitlin Morgan
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Know the Neighborhood: Things to Do in a New City

Let’s assume you’re already moved into your new flat, in a new city. What now?   Walk in concentric circles Okay, you might have more pressing matters. But one of the best ways to get to know your new locale is to walk it. Walk around the block surrounding your apartment; then walk around the […]

By  Caitlin Morgan
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