I'm just starting to consider buying a first home - it will be an apartment in Canberra Australia but this, plus a basic budget is as far as I have got. Just wondering what do you wish you had known before buying your first home? What did you do that worked out well for you?
I would like to find a *reasonably priced* guesthouse in the Los Angeles area, specifically in or near Glendale/Pasadena/La Crescenta/Montrose. [more inside]
My wife and I would like to rent a simple furnished apartment or small house somewhere along the Mediterranean this summer, for about a month. We just want a place where we can do some writing and go swimming every day. The catch is that we don't have much more than 500€ or so to pay for rent. Seeking recommendations for countries, specific islands, towns or villages, or website recommendations! [more inside]
My sister-in-law and her family (hubby and 2 kids < 3 years old) are going to be in Canberra on sabbatical this year. Help us find somewhere to live! [more inside]
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]
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.
I want my 1BR apartment on L.A.'s eastside clean, and I don't want to do it myself. [more inside]
My apartment started smelling like garbage last week and I can't make it go away. What is happening?! [more inside]
My spouse and I have fallen in love with a rental home on the other side of town. Problem: we have over 1 year left in our lease. We're wondering whether or not it's worth breaking our lease. [more inside]
What are the little decorating tricks, tips, techniques, and secrets that take a space from looking fine and functioning decently to being all-around awesome? [more inside]
There is a building in Woodley Park, DC that looks completely normal from the front and burnt-out and abandoned from the back. I lived a few doors down from it for about 15 months and never saw anyone go in or out of the back part of the building. Any idea what the deal is, or how I could research this? [more inside]
I have to move soon, and I've found a place that's available starting this Saturday. My question is this: how much time should I budget for packing/moving? I have a small amount of furniture as well as the usual clothes and other belongings. I've packed about half of my stuff, and will pack the rest on Friday and Saturday, with the intention of moving on Sunday. Is this feasible? [more inside]
I thought I wasn't ready to buy a place, but with all the advice I've been getting from everyone, I wonder if I should. [more inside]
We've just moved into a new place and it's now gotten cold enough to turn on the heat. Two of the radiators are really loud with air escaping, and often have visible steam coming out of the valve on the side. I've never seen radiators do this. Is this normal? Is this safe?
My husband and I are at an impasse. Please help. [more inside]
Is it possible my moldy unit pushing my already run-down self over the edge? How much mold is too much? For how long? [more inside]
My current rental house is too small, so I'm looking for a larger house or apartment to rent when my lease is up next month. I have excellent income and strong credit and good references, with roots in the area. I'm friendly and professional. But I have a feeling that potential landlords may be refusing to rent to me because they suspect I am pregnant. (I am not.) [more inside]
What questions should I ask when going to look at a flat to rent? [more inside]
My flat has been on the market forever, and nothing has worked out. Advice and encouragement requested. [more inside]
Have two days next week to find apartment/partial house on small budget in Parker, Centennial, Englewood area of Colorado (outside Denver). 2 adults, $800-850 (before utilities); 1 or 2 bedroom, washer/dryer preferred, quiet and safe....hopefully space for a mini terrier. I am looking at tons of stuff online but trust MeFites input and steeling for the fact that I am probably not going to find much. I am open for a partial house but not sure if Craigslist is safe or trustworthy to look. Any input is appreciated....truly. Excuse any naiviete on my part.
Teach-Me-About-Renting-Vs-Buying Filter: I'm in my mid-20s and have been in my "grown up job" for about a year now, and it's about time to get my own place. What do I need to know, beyond just comparing rent and mortgage payments? [more inside]
Does Adelaide have a website like www.allhomes.com.au, which lists all places to rent, regardless of which real estate agent is managing them? My Google-Fu has failed me.
I'm looking for a little advice on transitioning from a house to an apartment (specific questions inside) [more inside]
Renter's insurance in DC: How do I do this? [more inside]
Should I avoid signing a year-long lease for a room in a group house or shared apartment? Is it reasonable to hold out for month-to-month rent, or will I end up with slim pickings? (I am looking in the DC area) [more inside]
I'm getting mired in this bog of things falling through. Can I get a little mefi love (and advice?) [more inside]
I'm planning on taking a working holiday mid april for two months (or longer) in Thailand with a friend. I have a few questions... [more inside]
Where can I find a decent one-bedroom apartment in Toronto that is NOT in a basement? [more inside]
What are some LESS obvious things that can disqualify someone from obtaning a job, car, or an apartment? [more inside]
What sort of agreements should I make or information should I consider before moving into an apartment that would be used as a daycare during the day when my roommate and I aren't around? [more inside]
I moved into an apartment in a Victorian house last Friday and about 5 minutes after I start moving in I realize that the windows are in terrible shape. The wood frames have rotted, some windows don't open, some don't close. At least one had a broken frame like it broke when someone was trying to shit the window. A couple have cracked panes. Probably half of them are missing the locking mechanisms so I can't lock them. [more inside]
House vs. apartment. Are the costs of maintaining a house roughly less, the same as, or more than levies on a comparably sized apartment?
House vs. apartment. Are the costs of maintaining a house roughly less, the same as, or more than levies on a comparably sized apartment? [more inside]
Scary roommate situation. I want to leave and I'm trying to figure out if I have any way of getting my money back, which I really need to help me get another room. [more inside]
What's the most economical way to make your house/apartment smell good? [more inside]
I'm moving to a new place and need to know what kinds of simple items I can use to furnish my place and keep it looking neat [more inside]
My landlord won't give me my deposit back. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
What are some good tips for finding a quiet rental property or apartment? [more inside]
Priorities when choosing somewhere to live? Safety? Size? Location? As new parents to be in an expensive city, help us decide what we can give up. [more inside]
I have to do a mix tape at work and the subject that I got lumbered with was songs about communal living. Assitance in this matter would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
What would you leave behind in your home for succeeding residents? What do you wish someone else had left for you? [more inside]
Need help convincing my landlord to accept a shortened notice to vacate my apartment. [more inside]
General advice for college students trying to find their first apartment? My girlfriend and I are moving in together next year. She'll have graduated, I'll be a senior, we're in beautiful Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Oh, complicating matters, she's studying and working an hour away from the city, and I'm in Washington, DC. So theres' that. [more inside]
What's the best way to keep my apartment clean of dust? [more inside]
I'm interested in stories about living in apartments where something bad has happened. Apartments with gnarly histories. Murders, suicides, 'haunted' apartments, whatever. Did it affect the value? Did you learn about it only later? Did you hire an exorcist? Did a new paint job suffice? etc. Anyone have such stories, or know of such?
Any advice for being the letter in a sublet? (More inside, naturally) [more inside]