Category Archives Costs & Pitfalls

When you move into your new apartment, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of decorating, unpacking and getting used to your new environment. However, planning for the future -- even for potential problems -- is essential. Apartment…

questions to ask roommates

Roommates can help with expenses, but it’s important to find a good match before making a commitment.  These questions will reveal a lot about the people with whom you’re considering sharing your apartment. Are you still friends with old roommates?…

portion of income for 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.

Seven Deadly Sins of the First-Time Renter

When it comes to renting your first apartment, mistakes can be deadly to your bank account and your relationships. Many first-time renters make the same type of mistakes, so here are some that people run into frequently, and some help…

Whether you’re renting your first apartment or just moving on up, you might ask yourself a question that many renters face: Furnished or unfurnished? Furnished apartments are far less common, but might possibly be the right choice for you. It really depends on your circumstances. Here are a few pros and cons to consider before you decide if furnished or unfurnished is right for you.

think before renting

Getting ready to move into your first apartment can be incredibly intimidating; renting an apartment is a pretty big deal. There are a LOT of things to consider. When it's your first time, there can be enough new information to make your head spin. Here are the important things to think about BEFORE you start your apartment-hunting process. This list can save you from making some costly mistakes.

apartment fire

These days, you have to have insurance for nearly everything. Most states require you to have car insurance. The government has required health insurance. Depending on the state, you may not be legally required to have renters insurance, however, it is an extremely important.

If a friend or relative asks you to co-sign on an apartment lease, you have a big decision to make. Helping someone feels great, and may not even seem like a big deal, but you have to be careful when it comes to the commitment of legally guaranteeing another person's apartment lease. Here's what you need to know before deciding whether to add your signature.

eviction rights

There's nothing like an eviction notice to keep you up at night. When do you have to be out? Why am I being kicked out? What’s going to happen? You probably knew the eviction was coming your way, but you still have rights in the process.

Close