Renters Survival Guide

Move in Secrets

Hello everyone! It’s another MyNewPlace Friday–where we tell you about our real-life apartment challenges. My name is Ruskin, and I just started as a member of the Marketing Department at MyNewPlace; I moved to San Francisco and into a new apartment just four days before that!  My boss thought it would be perfect for me […]

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Make Yourself a Competitive Renter

Striking out on the apartment search—or trying to avoid striking out? At the risk of sounding like a bad issue of Seventeen magazine, spend some time making yourself as attractive a tenant as possible.   Be friendly and responsive from the beginning Your first impression might be your only shot, especially in tenant-flooded markets where […]

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Roommate Age Gaps

If you’ve ever trolled around the internet (or is it trawled?) trying to find tips for living with roommates of a different age, you’ve probably noticed a prevalent anxiety: people wonder how old is “too old” to live with roommates.   Stop worrying about age …So let’s start there. If you’re considering living with someone […]

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Red Flags: When to Keep Looking in Your Apartment Search

Don’t let your renter’s enthusiasm blind you to obvious red flags. When these problems present themselves as you look for apartments, move on to the next residence on your list. Scope out the area Neglect If a property appears neglected, it is neglected—and so will you be, as a tenant. Now is the time for […]

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Apps for Apartment Living

Call it a roundup of roundups. Check out these lists of great smartphone apps, for everything from bill splitting to interior decorating.   Have roommates? These three apps can help you split the bill, break down energy usage by room (very handy) and synch your calendars for things like rent due dates and garbage pick-up. Hungry? HowStuffWorks shares […]

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Be Smart When Meeting Roommate Candidates

By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower – About.com’s Apartment Living Expert Very often, renters choose to live with roommates whom they don’t know well. It could be that the person is a referral from a friend, an acquaintance at work, or a stranger from an online roommate-matching service. If you’re considering rooming with someone whom you […]

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Best Blog Posts of 2013

Happy New Year! This holiday always presents a good opportunity to take a break and look back on the past year. At MyNewPlace, we’re thinking about all the apartment news of the past year… and the advice that we’ve given you. I want to share  few of my favorite articles with you; check them out […]

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Curtains for Cold Weather

If you live north of the 49th, you’ve probably already felt the chill of a long winter. Next time you’re shivering, think about whether you should invest in some insulated curtains. The rundown Thermal, or insulated, curtains are heavy drapes that help keep heat in (in winter) or out (in summer). They’re made from heavy-duty […]

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Conserving Energy This Winter PART 2

And now, dear people whose heating bills are so high they can’t afford to order takeout, we continue our ideas for ways to cut down on your energy consumption this winter: Clean furnace filters Sexy, right? Okay, not so much. But your furnace filters need to be cleaned or replaced every month during the cold season. Alternatively, […]

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Conserving Energy This Winter PART 1

You might have noticed: the cost of energy is rising. And we’re headed into the cold season. Try some of these ideas, to save yourself and the planet: Seal holes around doors and windows Air leaks: an excellent way to waste your heat and money. Thoroughly check all your windows and doors, and plug holes […]

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