Don’t let new neighbor anxiety make you fear the worst! Handle your fears with friendship.
So, your favorite apartment neighbors are moving out… and new people are moving in.
What if they are horrible? What if you just don’t get along?
Slow down, worrier! While some anxiety about getting new neighbors is completely normal, the unknown neighbor really should not be feared.
Master a few clever techniques to manage the situation, and give these new folks a chance to become your new favorite neighbors!
In some cities, you’ve got to bring your best to nab your favorite apartment in a competitive market.
In some rental markets, apartment hunting can be as competitive as a job search.
In fact, modern, savvy apartment seekers often visit apartments as prepared as if they’re on a job interview.
If your apartment search lies in a highly-competitive rental market, like New York City, you may want to employ a few clever approaches to help secure your tenancy.
Here are some tactics to help you nab your first-choice apartment and seal the deal on the spot!
The data suggests an ever-changing — and somewhat surprising — story about recent moving habits.
In a recovering economy, things can change in the blink of an eye.
Just a few short months ago, the United States Census Bureau released data showing that Americans were on the move: moving to find cheaper housing and to relocate for new jobs. The data indicated a promising trend that made it seem like the housing market was in full-swing recovery.
But now it appears as if Americans aren’t quite as confident as they were even a few months ago. The latest data suggests more Americans are staying put, likely thanks to a sluggish job market.
Promising Census data
U.S. Census data from 2012 indicated that Americans were indeed on the move. It was a slight reversal from moving trends during the Recession.
News flash: It’s cold outside. And if you’re smart enough to save money and energy by turning the heat down inside, you know how important your winter bedding is. There’s only one danger: your bed will be so warm and comfy that you might not want to get out of it in the morning (but then again, don’t you always want to catch a few extra Zs when that alarm goes off?)
When it’s time to load up your apartment bedroom with the coziest bedding, think beyond the sheets. Here are some ideas to stay warm all night long:
Down comforters are what’s up
For fluffy warmth, it doesn’t get much better than down. Your most expensive down comforters – designed to be covered by a duvet, or just thrown on top of the bed as they are – will be filled with 100 percent goose down, but a more affordable alternative is a comforter filled with a mixture of down and feathers.
It’s been years since MTV Cribs has aired, but memories of all those posh pads with marble floors live on. And if you can’t think back that far, there’s always YouTube.
For everyone else, here’s something you probably do remember: the episode that showcased Mariah Carey’s extravagant New York City penthouse. Who could forget? It was the most watched and replayed episode in MTV Cribs’ history. Jealous much?
Vermella Lyndhurst Apartments in Lyndhurst, NJ
Thanksgiving is less than a month away. Are you having guests over? Even if you live in an apartment, you can still enjoy a magnificent holiday season full of large meals and quality time with family and friends. But first, you’ve got to have the right dining table on deck.
Dining rooms are notorious for not getting much love from January to October. But that’s still no excuse for having a flimsy, second-rate table in the most formal room of all. What you should have is a dining set that looks good, serves your dining needs and will last at least a few years. As you get into shopping mode, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George are moving into an apartment at Kensington Palace.
Hear ye, hear ye: The Duke, Duchess and Prince of Cambridge – better known as Prince William, Kate Middleton and baby George – have moved into the newly renovated Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace.
Formerly occupied by Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, Apartment 1A is pretty impressive. We know, we know – you’re dying to see pictures, and so are we. Sadly for us, the royal couple has yet to allow photographers into their new home, but from what we hear, it has some notable features. Some of them include:
A well-placed mirror or reflective surface can work wonders to expand a smaller space.
Mirror, mirror on the wall…how do I make this tiny apartment look bigger?
Small spaces can be transformed when you use illusion wisely.
A little reflection is your friend when your goal is to make a smaller apartment space feel a little more substantial. Skip the crystal ball and gaze, instead, at these tips for a decorative strategy using mirrors!
Solar panels come in small sizes now, so you can buy just one and cover some of your energy needs with the sun.
Solar power is undoubtedly the wave of the future. Because solar panels are coming way down in price, you’ll see more and more homeowners proudly sporting shiny energy-saving devices on their roofs, hoping to make a dent in their power bills.
But what about renters? Large-scale solar solutions, like rooftop panels, are designed for people who own their own homes. You can’t very well install your own solar panels on top of an apartment building.
Fortunately, for apartment dwellers who want to go solar because it’s green, or even if it’s just to save a few bucks on energy bills, there are some solutions out there. You probably won’t be able to go totally off the grid, but that’s OK – every little bit helps. You just have to think smaller.
Are you guilty of turning the thermostat up or down when your partner isn’t looking? Don’t be ashamed, lots of us are guilty of this apartment/relationship sin. And the deception is sure to increase as winter approaches.
Much like men are from Mars and women are from Venus, it’s been said that men are always hot while the ladies tend to be cold. But how does this gender disparity bode for the living quarters when both disagree on the temperature?
Adjusting the thermostat every hour is the last thing you want to do. Trust us – that heating bill will skyrocket! Some might even suggest separate beds or separate rooms – gasp! So, what can the two of you do to remain comfortable and warm (or cool) this season?