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Bright indirect lighting on the cheap?

There's very little lighting in my apartment's living room. It's pitch black outside by the time I get home from work these days, and I'd like to add some lighting to brighten things up. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Nov 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Our gas oven doesn't stay lit

The gas oven in my apartment hasn't been working for the better part of three months. The light in the bottom turns on when I start it, and then turns back off when I stop. [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Nov 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Security Refund, roommate did not give adequate notice

I'm in NYC. Our written agreement requires a minimum of 30 days notice if he is going to leave (also 30 days if I want him out). Wednesday he told me he is leaving today (Friday), and probably won't be back, but may want to come back in 2 weeks if his new job does not work out (he is on vacation from current one). [more inside]
posted by sentientsock on Nov 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Which of these UChicago housing options looks the best?

I'm going to be visiting the University of Chicago for a few months (Jan-Marchish) in 2016. I probably will have the option of staying in one of their graduate student housing places. Looking at this map, which area should I aim for? [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Is it important to separate living space from the bedrooms?

I live in a mid-size apartment (1,313 sq ft). The current layout of the apartment consists of a large square-shaped living/dining area, and doors along one wall leading to the bedrooms. I'm thinking of adding a full height shelf in order to create a corridor leading to the bedrooms, in order to add more separation between the two areas. But this will cut down on the spaciousness and openness of my living area. Is it worth it? Are there any architectural/design concepts that I can look at to help me decide? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Oct 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Moved into a bad apartment situation. What can I do?

Moved into a bad apartment situation. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Oct 11, 2015 - 18 answers

Accessibility and Rental Issues

I am in Ontario, and I'm currently subletting an apartment because the tenants needed to leave their lease earlier than the term. The tenants expressed to me that I would be able to renew the lease after the term of the sublet, and this is something that I want to do. The management company has not been responsive to either my or the superintendent's queries, and the sublet term will be over relatively soon. The superintendent recommends that I just continue occupying the suite by paying the rent on a month-to-month basis. Can I do this? (Snowflake: I'm Deaf and there are accessibility issues in contacting the management company.) [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Oct 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Looking for advice on how to think about buying an apartment in Queens

I am a professional in NYC, living in Queens. I'm a transplant, but I think I will be here for the next, well, forever. A number of people I know are buying apartments, but a lot of them had help from their parents. I don't have that luxury, but if I wanted to, I could probably afford a place in a good neighborhood (though nothing as trendy as Astoria, for example). Snowflake details follow! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2015 - 12 answers

The toddler and the very tall breakfast bar

We're renting an apartment with a very small open-ish kitchen and a full bar height breakfast bar, with a baby going on toddler who is getting harder to seat at the bar. Are there any good solutions for seating toddlers at a full-height breakfast bar? [more inside]
posted by sputzie on Sep 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Where to stay during a job in Valencia, Spain?

Can you help my fiancee figure out where (geographically) to look for lodging for a seven-week gig in Valencia? [more inside]
posted by qbject on Sep 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me not live in a garbage can.

My apartment is very messy and I need a one time deep cleaning thing. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Cranes, cranes everywhere

How is Seattle able to build so much new housing, and so quickly? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Sep 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Is this a scam?

Is this apartment in Copenhagen too good to be true? (I know, if you have to ask, the answer is probably yes... but bear with me, details inside.) [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Sep 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Nauseating smell after drain overflow

An old waste pipe in my apartment, that shouldn't have been connected to anything, overflowed earlier this week. The pipe was in the bottom of my interior HVAC closet. I had standing water in the location for slightly over 12 hours. Maintenance came out to repair the pipe and replaced part of it. Now I've got a nauseating smell pervading my downstairs. What could this be from, and what if anything does my landlord need to do about it? More after the cut. [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Sep 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me sleep at night!

I have a new apartment. There are lovely big windows, but there aren't any curtains - and the rod is so flimsy that it likely can only support the lightest of linens. Unfortunately, there is a big orange streetlight directly outside, and that leads to sleepless nights. What color and material of curtain might mitigate this issue? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Sep 2, 2015 - 25 answers

appreciative apartment-dwelling Germanophile

My building manager was born in 1930 in the Sudetenland. She is really nice. How do I show appreciation in a culturally and generationally sensitive manner? [more inside]
posted by knuspermanatee on Sep 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Explain hiring movers to me like I'm a juvenile

I'm a grown up who has never hired movers, and I'm finally in the position to do so. Please help me understand all of the intricacies to it so I don't act like a total doofus. [more inside]
posted by thirdletter on Aug 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Show a rental before it's ready?

Should I start showing my rental property before new carpet is installed? It looks terrible right now. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Aug 25, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I refinish a kitchen table in my one bedroom apartment?

I recently moved into my first apartment (hooray!) and I've inherited a few pieces of furniture I'd like to take care of. First on my list is a kitchen table that needs to be refinished. I only have a small balcony and sometimes it gets dusty outside. Is it possible to refinish this table with such a limited setup? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Aug 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Best use of an air exchanger in a basement?

Mini-mogur now has her own basement apartment (yay!) which is a new build with its own air exchanger. Weirdly for a basement apartment, though, it's really hot in her place (boo!). What's the best setting on the air exchanger to use (we have a choice of "Summer", "Mid-range" and "Maximum fan", which I think is mainly used just to get rid of fumes) for this time of year (Canada, summer, hot-by-our-standards)? [more inside]
posted by Mogur on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 answers

I'll take it! I hope.

I am moving from New York to Nashville to start a new job in a few weeks. I need a place to live, and will almost certainly not be able to get down there to see a bunch of apartments in person. Knowing full well that this is not the ideal way to find an apartment, how should I go about finding an apartment? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Aug 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Question about Moving to New York

I am moving from California to New York for a job that starts on September 15th. Is there a reasonable way to remotely find a studio/1 bedroom or move in with a roommate starting September 1st? Or is it necessary to do a short-term sublet or Airbnb rental and then apartment hunt in person? [more inside]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Aug 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Short commute, studio apartment living tips for the middle-aged woman?

What life hacks should I consider for studio apartment living with almost-no-commute to work? I have spent most of my adult life living in the burbs, but next month I'm moving into a 515 sq ft studio apartment 10 minutes away from work. I've haven't lived this close to my workplace since my college years. [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Aug 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Nesting in Prague

If things go well, I will be moving to Prague in the spring. I do have a friend there, however, I am trying to not bug them very much now as I am still in research stage. (I have a notebook filling up with info about the visa process, zivno, metro, all that. ) What I'm currently trying to figure out is the best way to go out about finding a place to live since I plan on staying and working after the course. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Aug 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Do I have to let cable technicians in my apartment?

The cable in my building is out. At least one of my neighbors is affected by this, and my cable is also out; however, I don't use mine so I don't care. The cable people want to come cut a hole in my wall. This will be very loud, require multiple visits, and take at least 45 minutes. I am seriously ill and for various reasons this will be catastrophically disruptive for me. I said no. Do they have the legal right to force this on me? I wonder, also, if the landlord has to give permission - they want to cut a totally gratuitous hole in a place that can be clearly seen.
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Aug 10, 2015 - 17 answers

leak mystery

plumbing emergency in my apartment. What could be going on? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt on Aug 3, 2015 - 12 answers

DC Housing, Green line edition

I'm now working near Navy Yard in Southeast DC, and the extended commute from Northern Virginia is wearing thin on me. Outside of the area immediately near my office, I know nothing about what's going on in Southeast DC and Maryland. What neighborhoods should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jul 30, 2015 - 13 answers

How can I adapt to apartment noise?

I've lived in apartments for a long time, but I've always been very easily bothered by noise. My partner is not affected the way I am. Is it possible to train yourself to be more easygoing, like her, when it comes to the noise you inevitably encounter living in the city? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Jul 27, 2015 - 21 answers

How do I make the most of this apartment layout?

I am considering moving into an apartment that has couple of pillars inside it and I want to know what the best way to design around them is. [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Jul 22, 2015 - 19 answers

Introduce us to Chicago

We’ve never been to Chicago, but we’re moving there. A reconnaissance trip is in order! I’m looking for some pointers on what to do, where to go--and possibly also how to find an apartment. [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden on Jul 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Where to find cheap housing in Seattle area?

I'm considering relocating to Seattle from the Midwest for a new job but am very concerned about affordable housing. Looking for a house or apartment rental within an hour's distance via public transit, if possible. Would like to spend between $1,000 and $1,500 if possible. Can go a bit higher. Would like a lot of space -- ideally, 1000 square feet. This would be for my wife, myself and our dog. Any advice about where I should be looking would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
posted by DougieGee on Jul 21, 2015 - 18 answers

What can i realistically do about my neighbors awful kid?

I live in an apartment that's very close to the next building over. In that building, there's a family with a kid i initially thought was a toddler... he's actually 5-6. Every day at the strike of 8 they open all their windows and the kid runs around the house screaming. He also does this for hours after school/summer camp. [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jul 17, 2015 - 36 answers

NYC super tip

How much should I tip the super of my NYC apartment building in this situation? [more inside]
posted by jejune on Jul 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Need quick thoughts - apartment hunt crisis!

Apartment hunting in Brooklyn moves a mile a minute and we have a quick decision to make. There's a good apartment in park slope. We love the idea of it but there's one weird thing: there's a "bump" in the ceiling. The ceiling is sort of tiled, and the area under the light fixture buckles down into a ~meter wide contact lens-like shape. It's odd, and the landlord doesn't plan to "fix" it because he says there's no problem. There's no sign of mold or leaking there or anywhere else in the apartment for that matter. Questions: 1) What concerns should we have and 2) should we sign a lease? For those who don't know NY housing hunts, if you don't decide, someone else will and then you're back to square 1, so hoping folks can weigh in with everything we should be thinking about! (and I don't know how to post a picture, but will if someone tells me how!)
posted by jenbo1 on Jul 8, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I subtly let people looking at my apartment know a gym is below?

My apartment is directly above a 24 hour gym. In fact, my bed is right above the weight room, so I hear people throwing weights around at all hours. Needless to say, this is disruptive to my sleep and it quite unpleasant. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Jul 1, 2015 - 21 answers

Paying the difference between prepaid last month and current rent

We are moving out at the end of July and plan on using our prepaid last month of rent. The rent we normally pay has increased since we prepaid that last month. Do we have to pay the difference? [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Jun 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Acrid, "industrial" odor in apartment in Summer...

Western exposure, hot sun, polluted air, old masonry - Summer brings good things, but also a terrible smell to my apartment. So I have an indoor air quality question. [more inside]
posted by ferkit on Jun 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Advice on apartment hunting in Halifax, Nova Scotia

How should I search for an apartment in Halifax, Nova Scotia? What are some good resources to help would-be renters learn about the rental market in Halifax? What are some apartment rental agencies that have a good reputation? What are the ones to avoid? Are there any areas of the city to avoid? I’ve never been to Halifax and know nothing about living there. [more inside]
posted by obscure simpsons reference on Jun 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me understand housing subsidies in Pennsylvania.

My family and I are moving to Pennsylvania for work. My 67 year old mother, who currently lives with us, will be moving as well. My mother was on disability (for Muscular Dystrophy), and is now on a meager (~$1100/mo) Social Security Check. I'm certain that she's eligible for some kind of subsidies, but I can't figure out what subsidies, where they can be used, and who to ask. Help! [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack on Jun 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Lone bed bug in the bathroom?

Saw this single little bug on the bathroom floor between the tub and toilet last night at 11:30 PM. Is it a bed bug? Should I freak out? [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Jun 16, 2015 - 16 answers

If you don't live here, don't swim here

Looking for advice on how to handle large groups of non-residents using the amenities at our apartment complex. [more inside]
posted by fluffymag on Jun 15, 2015 - 38 answers

Just how bad it is to break a lease?

I might need to break a lease. For a good reason. Does this brand me forever as a Bad Renter who will forever be refused to rent anywhere else? Location: Austin, Texas. [more inside]
posted by megafauna on Jun 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Advertising an Rental Apartment Without Craigslist?

After several failed attempts to advertise a rental apartment in Craigslist's NYC "Rental by owners" category I am fed up. Are there any other alternatives aside from Zillow/brokers? [more inside]
posted by cowlick on Jun 2, 2015 - 10 answers

We need to find an apartment in Long Island. How do we do?

My partner will be attending Stony Brook University for Medical School starting this August. We need to move out of our current Brooklyn apartment at the end of June. In NYC, finding an apartment seems relatively straightforward - there's plenty in our price range on Craigslist, and we have friends and social connections to speed things up. We have no idea how to easily find an apartment in the Stony Brook or larger LI area by July 1st. Help? [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Jun 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Life is Disappointing: NYC Apt edition

Due to a series of unfortunate events I'm now homeless and lost all my savings. Looking for overall advice how to rent a room in NYC and survive. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on May 28, 2015 - 39 answers


I've found a very nice condo rental unit, with lots of the features on my "wish list." The big drawback is a "long-distance" landlord who is leaving me unsure about who's responsible for maintenance. [more inside]
posted by elphaba on May 25, 2015 - 19 answers

Maybe there's an annoying-neighbor-child version of deer repellant?

I live in the back corner of an apartment building that borders on the backyards of multiple house-neighbors on the perpendicular side street to mine. The people opposite me have elementary-age children and let them stay in the yard for hours with minimal/no supervision. The children's friends come to visit and they all get a kick out of wreaking tiny havoc directly on the other side of my apartment. I am at a loss for nipping this in the bud. Help! [more inside]
posted by cardinality on May 25, 2015 - 43 answers

Housecleaner needed in L.A.

I want my 1BR apartment on L.A.'s eastside clean, and I don't want to do it myself. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on May 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Ultra-beginner-level interior furnishing/decorating/design advice?

I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 22, 2015 - 20 answers

Optimal time for Bay Area apt hunting for a July 1 move-in?

I'll be flying out for 7-10 days in June to help my fiance find an apartment for us in the Bay Area, most likely Mountain View-ish. We're hoping for a July 1 lease, although we have enough flexibility to go a few days in either direction. Does it make more sense for me to be there May 29 - June 8 (last weekend of May and first weekend of June) or June 4 - June 15 (first two weekends of June) or some other set of dates? [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on May 18, 2015 - 11 answers

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