This is my 889th blog post as the Apartment Living / Rental Expert for About.com, and it is also my last.
I have thoroughly enjoyed running this site and interacting with readers on a wide range of important and interesting apartment issues over the past nearly six years. But as other professional demands require more of my time, I made the decision to end my role with About.com this month.
I was honored when The New York Times Company invited me to join the team of About.com Guides in 2008, and I have been proud to continue my role as an About.com Expert under the new leadership of IAC over the past couple of years.
Before I sign off at the end of this month, I wish to thank you, my readers, for your support over the years. I encourage you to continue making regular visits to this Apartment Living / Rental site after I leave, and also to take this opportunity to check out the bountiful information and useful tips that can be found among the hundreds of other About.com topical sites.
Do you avoid negotiating rent with a landlord because you're afraid it will hurt your efforts to become a tenant in the building, or perhaps you just think it's an exercise in futility?
Find out about two situations in which you're more likely to be successful negotiating rent with a landlord.
Plus, share your story about how you managed to get a lower rent than what a landlord was asking. What advice or cautions would you offer other apartment hunters?
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When you rent an apartment, you must be able to afford the monthly rent and other apartment-related expenses. Plus, you'll want to avoid unpleasant financial surprises throughout your lease term, so you can get the most out of your apartment living.
Take a moment to review some basics of money and apartments that can help you.
What would you do if you found a stash of cash hidden inside a used piece of furniture that you bought for your apartment?
Three New York roommates were shocked to uncover an envelope full of $100 bills -- totaling $41,000 -- stuffed below the cushions of a used couch they just purchased from a nearby Salvation Army store, according to a report from CBS New York.
The cash was in an envelope with a name written on it, and so the roommates decided to try to track down the person behind the hidden cash. They succeeded and returned the cash to a very relieved woman, who explained that her family sold the sofa without knowing what was in it. The woman reportedly gave the roommates $1,000 as a reward.
Would you have acted as these roommates did if you found cash hidden in an old piece of furniture?
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If you want a stress-free move into your next apartment, ask questions about all the logistical information you need before it's actually time to move. Taking this simple step helps prevent the frustrating situation of having to reschedule your move at the last minute or face some other inconvenience.
Check out these common questions you should ask the landlord, manager, or super of a building as you begin to plan your move.
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According to FlatRate Moving, people who move spend $500, on average, to get their belongings to their new digs.
If you're planning to move to a new apartment in the near future and you're worried about mounting expenses, check out these suggestions for saving money on your apartment living that you might not have considered.
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Many apartment renters are willing, if not eager, to move to a different city, but they're just not sure which ones to consider.
Rent.com (read profile) teamed up with FlatRate Moving and came up with the "Top 10 Cities for Renters on the Move" to help. After studying data for the top 75 metro areas with at least 350,000 residents, Rent.com/FlatRate Moving ranked them based on the percentage population increase from 2010-2012 and eliminated cities with rental inventory less than the national average of 8.2%.
New Orleans topped the list, followed by 2) Austin, Texas; 3) Atlanta, Georgia; 4) Raleigh, North Carolina; 5) Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; 6) San Antonio, Texas; 7) Tampa, Florida; 8) Miami, Florida; 9) El Paso, Texas; and 10) Nashville, Tennessee.
Which cities would you consider relocating to and why?
If you decide you want to live in an apartment with a roommate, you'll need to find someone who's compatible, responsible, and not likely to cause you problems.
Too often, this proves to be harder than it may seem. But, fortunately, there are steps you can take to help ensure that the process of looking for a roommate goes smoothly.
Here's a list of some apartment roommate "how-tos" that will help you find the perfect person to share your next home.
Many renters find that their landlord isn't dependable when it comes to responding to apartment living issues, or they encounter other problems with their landlord over the course of their lease term.
But there are steps you can take to help ensure that your relationship with your landlord is positive and effective.
Here's a list of important apartment "how-tos" that aim to help you in your dealings with a landlord.
Did you know there are steps you can take right now to help ensure that the process of looking for a new apartment goes as smoothly and stress-free as possible?
Also, once you've settled into your new digs, there are steps you can take to improve your apartment living or be in a better position to handle potential issues that may arise.
Here's a list of some apartment hunting "how-tos" that will help you streamline your apartment search.
And here's a list of more "how-tos" aimed at helping you get the most out of your apartment experience.