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How to move to Boston

Please tell me everything I need to know about the logistics of finding an apartment and moving to Boston on a month's notice. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Jul 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Nursery in a loft: are we crazy?

Would you set up a nursery in a mostly enclosed loft area? Wife and I love a potential new apartment, but a steep staircase is making us a bit worried. [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Jul 10, 2012 - 21 answers

Why does nobody answer my e-mails for their housemate-wanted ads on Craigslist in San Francisco?

Why does nobody answer my e-mails for their housemate-wanted ads on Craigslist in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Jul 10, 2012 - 22 answers

What are the hidden secrets of renting?

We know how to buy, sell, and own a house in the burbs, but what are the secrets to renting and living in an apartment in Boston? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

How best to use Airbnb as a host?

I finally got my act together and put my Brooklyn apartment up on Airbnb this morning. I'm a little surprised to be already receiving inquiries, and I realize now I really don't know how to vet these potential renters. For those who have hosted through the site before, what criteria do you use? Is no photo a red flag or is that normal? Is it suspicious or ordinary for them not to have much of a profile filled out? Are there specific questions I should be asking in my initial reply? (Will it make them suspicious if I ask for identifying information?) Are there scams to watch out for? Is there anything you'd add to a listing to head off potential trouble? [more inside]
posted by nobody on Jul 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Short-term (4 month) accommodation in Gainesville, FL

I'm going to be a visiting researcher at the University of Florida, Gainesville from late August to late December this year. What's the best way to find accommodation for this time period? [more inside]
posted by pont on Jul 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Padmapper alternatives?

Now that Padmapper can't pull in Craigslist listings, are there any alternatives that help you wade through Craigslist apartment ads? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Jul 3, 2012 - 7 answers

What's my little bite of the Big Apple worth?

Need to get a NYC co-op appraised - couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by Wylie Kyoto on Jul 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Reducing noise between doors

How to temporarily reduce sound through a shared door? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jun 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Decorating Sliding Doors

Help me decorate the interior sliding doors in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Masterlock? Maybe just journeymanlock.

We live in a two-story duplex in Portland, OR. It's a converted single family home with an interior stairway connecting the two units. There's a door at the bottom of the stairway which sort of locks but not really. How do we deal with this? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by zrail on Jun 21, 2012 - 10 answers

How much to move your stuff?

What would the going rate be for paying someone in the north-eastern U.S. (not Boston or New York) to move your already packed apartment (including heavy appliances and furniture) into storage? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Jun 12, 2012 - 7 answers

How stupid is it to consider an apartment above a pizza shop

Tomorrow I'm looking at an apartment that it turns out is located above a pizza shop. Given that this is usually a bad idea, how - if at all - can I try to predict whether it might be an exception to that rule? [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Jun 10, 2012 - 28 answers

Noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls?

Experiences and techniques for dealing with noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jun 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Temporary housing in Buenos Aires

Renting an apartment for three weeks in Buenos Aires, five+ months from now. When should we start looking? [more inside]
posted by henuani on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

What property management companies are tolerable in Portland, OR?

Looking for an apartment in Portland, OR, and I wondered if any MeFites know what property management companies to trust and/or avoid. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jun 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Practicalities regarding moving apartments and finding roommates

Tell me about the practicalities of finding a new roommate/apartment. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Jun 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Month to month apartments near Ft. Lauderdale?

Where can I find a place to rent for 3-4 months (or month to month) in Florida near Boca Raton or Ft. Lauderdale this summer? [more inside]
posted by taojones on Jun 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Cleaning Schedule that Works?

I live with two roommates and need to provide a new cleaning schedule. The once a week, one person does everything, seemed ok until someone started missing weeks. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on May 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Narrow, tall or shallow washing machine to fit in a bathroom?

I am looking for a clothes washing machine to fit into a relatively small apartment's bathroom. The bathroom was not originally intended for the installation of a washing machine, though there is just barely sufficient space, so I'm looking for something that is sort of tall and narrow, or shallower than normal in dimensions, not cube shaped like the typical front loading machine. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on May 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Shes finally leaving! Now what?

This question is part law, part human relations. I need to know how to handle a situation when only one person wants to break out of a lease. Are they allowed to break out without the consent of the other lessees? And if not, should we let her? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2012 - 11 answers

rent

How much notice does an NYC landlord have to give before raising rent? [more inside]
posted by Palmfrond on May 23, 2012 - 3 answers

apartment hunting in SF during boom times

We're trying to find an apartment to rent in SF (1-2br in the Mission or Noe Valley) and it's difficult. Competition is intense (20+ candidates showing up to see a open houses). What kind of things can we do to stand out from the crowd during the entire process?
posted by mrunderhill on May 22, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm thinking of a number....

Yet another Episode of "Help Me Remember This Book: Science Fiction Edition." [more inside]
posted by Gygesringtone on May 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Movin' on up and out

Moving out of my apartment and I have a few questions on how to handle the last month of rent and the security deposit. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on May 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Design a small apartment from scratch.

What could be a reference design for a comfortable, well-equipped, small (150 to 300 sqf) highrise apartment for up to two people? [more inside]
posted by UrbietOrbi on May 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Tips for making a drap space stylish

How do you decorate a small apartment with white walls, beige carpets, and not much natural light? [more inside]
posted by lali on May 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Any tips to make a whiny cat less whiny?

How can I teach a cat the virtue of patience? [more inside]
posted by morninj on May 13, 2012 - 21 answers

How late is too late to find a good apartment?

How early should we look for apartments in Pittsburgh to move in July? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on May 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Something goes thump in the night

Thin walls, noisy partner; help me be a better neighbor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2012 - 35 answers

We can't take it with us.

Please teach me Apartment Showing 101 so that I can end my lease and move far, far away. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on May 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Short term sublets in Venice, Italy

Help finding housing in Venice for 2 weeks, June-July! [more inside]
posted by pearl228 on May 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Urban composting: where to begin?

Urban composting: where to begin? [more inside]
posted by morninj on May 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Do I have any recourse for lack of air conditioning in my apartment?

I've been without air conditioning for the past two weeks in my apartment, and it seems like it will be another two weeks before I get it. My landlord doesn't seem to care, and I don't know if I have any options in this situation. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Why is nobody replying to my sublet emails?

I am trying to find a summer sublet in Portland on Craigslist. I have sent out a handful of responses to ads, but so far, I haven't gotten any responses--not even a "sorry, it's been filled" or a "sorry, you're not what we are looking for". Is this standard when looking for sublets in a major city, or should I be rethinking the wording of my contact email? [more inside]
posted by wondercow on May 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Summertime, and the living is extremely hot and sticky oh jesus

How do I choose a good portable air conditioner? Your help is welcome, details inside. [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Apr 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I get my pet deposit back?

Am I entitled to the return of my pet deposit? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Is this apartment licensed?

How can I find out if an apartment complex is licensed? [more inside]
posted by entropyiswinning on Apr 16, 2012 - 1 answer

I am considering a position at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) main campus. Where in Chicago should I live?

Where in Chicago should I live if I take a position at the Illinois Institute of Technology? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Apr 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Fun with rental applications

I'm apartment hunting in British Columbia. When a landlord asks me to fill out a rental application, but doesn't ask for a deposit right away, how binding should I consider the application? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Apr 4, 2012 - 14 answers

the (right) apartment

Apartment Scouting Trip: how the heck to I do it? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Apr 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I sign a new lease or go month-to-month?

What are the benefits of renewing a lease versus going month-to-month? Location: Toronto. [more inside]
posted by 1UP on Apr 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Interior advice: What do I do about these yellow walls?

My apartment has ugly yellow walls and I can't do anything about the color. How can I make them less bland? [more inside]
posted by thebots on Apr 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Compensation when temporarily kicked out of apartment for repairs

I've been told I will have to leave my apartment for a week while emergency repairs are conducted. I'm in the UK. What are my rights, and what compensation am I entitled to? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Arranging lounge to be cosy

Help me arrange a comfortable living space for comfy sitting around with friends, reading, watching tv. See the sketch up and photo of the room here (not my furniture, this is previous owners). Most interested in suggestions for type of furniture (e.g. 2 chairs, a sofa, a coffee table this size and shape) and where it should go, but specifics ("this sofa", "paint this colour") good too! [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Mar 31, 2012 - 8 answers

The War of the Roses without Danny DeVito

We're getting a divorce. We live in a rent controlled San Francisco apartment. We both refuse to leave and it's hell. Hivemind, please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 34 answers

When should I start looking for an apartment in Albany, NY?

I've been admitted to grad school at the University of Albany for the fall semester, starting in late August. When should I start apartment hunting? [more inside]
posted by eggporkalypse on Mar 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Where should I live in south Brooklyn?

Brooklyn apartment hunting: Tell me about Bensonhurst/ Dyker Heights/ Midwood! [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Mar 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Toronto Art Director seeks job in NYC: What are the costs?

How hard will it be for me to find work in New York City in an Art Direction role with a boutique design firm or major news-media organization? (Looking for a fresh 2012 / Canadian to NYC / Design approach, if possible) [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Mar 21, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I stop a smell if I can't smell anything?

What can I do about cat smells in my house? I'm freaking out a little. [more inside]
posted by zutalors! on Mar 18, 2012 - 27 answers

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