Posts By Emily Long

fluorescent light bulbs

The other feature of these energy efficient bulbs is that many come in colored versions and are “smart,” so you can connect them to your smart home hub, set up routines for lights to switch on and off automatically when you come and go, attach them to motion sensors, or even fade them in and out in the morning and evening with the sun.

insurance bundles

As a renter, you’ve probably heard about the importance of protecting your personal property with renters insurance and (hopefully) have a policy of your own. If you have a vehicle, you must carry car or motorcycle insurance. There’s also life insurance, pet insurance, travel insurance, and more. All these different policies can get confusing — and expensive — but with insurance bundles you can actually cover many of your bases and save money along the way.

what percentage of annual income should go to rent

You think you found the perfect apartment, but when you see how much it will cost you each month, you’re not sure what percentage of income should go to rent, to keep you out of financial trouble. If you don’t regularly track and understand your spending habits, you may inadvertently take on an expensive rent payment that you can’t maintain.

pet fees explained

Our pets are valuable members of our families. We’re willing to search high and low for pet-friendly apartments and we accept that it may cost a little bit extra. Many states lack specific statutes regulating pet fees, so what — and whether — to charge is at the discretion of your landlord or property manager. This could lead to confusion and questions such as ‘are pet deposits refundable?’ and ‘does pet rent cover more than one pet?’ Here are three types of fees you might encounter when renting with a pet.

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