17
May 19

The One Thing You Should Never Get Rid of from Your First Apartment


First apartments can vary from dreamy, spacious rooms within walking distance to everything, to tiny hovels an hour commute from your entry-level “dream job.
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10
Apr 19

How I Finally Got My New Apartment to Smell Like Home


There wasn’t anything wrong with how my apartment smelled, but there wasn’t anything really right with it, either.
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07
Apr 19

The Best Kitchen Paint Colors, According to Real Estate Agents


When it comes time to sell, the wrong color can knock off thousands off your home’s value.
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31
Jan 19

The Unexpected Home Update That Almost Always Pays for Itself

If you’re planning on doing some updates around your home this year, you’re probably figuring out which projects are worth sinking reserouces into: Is that subway tile backsplash going to be a waste of money when it’s time to sell? How about those new fixtures in the bathroom?

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31
Jan 19

The 9 Go-To Stores Real Estate Agents Use for Inexpensive Staging Decor

A large part of being a real estate agent is zhushing up a space to attract potential buyers. Because of this, many agents keep an accent and furniture inventory to lend to sellers with an open house or listing photo shoot on the calendar. In case you’re wondering, they aren’t super snobby when it comes to sourcing decor items: They often shop in the same places with an eye on price. I asked real estate agents for insider intel on where they shop to find the inexpensive accents they need. Here, their go-to purchases at nine major discount stores:

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19
Jan 19

These 4 Bedroom Features Have Fallen Out of Favor

The new year is a great time to reevaulate the aesthetics of your home, especially if you want to make some updates with an eye on resale value. While bathrooms and kitchens offer the most opportunities return on investment, bedrooms also offer ample opportunities for beneficial (and relatively easy!) updates—especially if they feature some common features that now scream “dated.”

In order to help potential buyers see themselves living in your home, it helps if they don’t feel like they stepped into a time machine.

“Formerly in-vogue design details subconsciously remind a buyer that a home was renovated a number of years ago,” explains Allison Chiaramonte of Warburg Realty in New York City.

Though the heyday of these four once common design features has passed, there are easy fixes to bring your bedroom into the current year. Here’s what the experts recommend:

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28
Oct 18

Address Numerology: Unlock Your Home's Hidden Personality

You already know your home has a story. You can literally see it when you strip away 30 years of paint off an old brick wall, like I’ve been doing this summer. (Who chose that bright orange that’s four layers deep?) But if you ask any numerologist, your home also has an innate personality and character—and that’s something a little harder to unlock.

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16
Jul 18

Think Twice Before Tossing These 4 Things When Moving (Even If You're in a Purge Mood)

Whether you’re moving to another state, or just down the block, packing can be an ordeal. And when you’re in the process of a move, you may find yourself wanting to purge a lot of items.

“Ask yourself why you want to keep the item. Is it for sentimental reasons? Does it spark joy? If it’s not for any of the two reasons above, chances are you can get rid of it,” says Allison Dunn of Organized Spaces by Allie.

However, while downsizing is great and wanting to have a clutter-free zone is everyone’s goal, you may throw away items you want or need later on—just because it feels good in the moment. If you’re feeling like you want to toss it all, take a break, then regroup and try and take stock of what you’re packing and what you want to get rid. “Choose the ‘best of’ items and corral and sort like items rather than randomly tossing things out,” said Angela Kantarellis, founder of AKorganizing.

To further help you get through that purge mood, here are four things you should absolutely never throw out while moving:

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12
Jun 18

5 Smart Home Habits You Should Steal from the Best Landlords

If you’ve ever rented before, you know that all landlords are not created equal. While some do the absolute minimum to get your monthly rent check, others do an incredible job at maintaining clean buildings and keeping their tenants’ best interests in mind. Recently, Brick Underground released a list of these amazing landlords. It got me thinking: Who better than a great landlord to give maintenance tips? So I reached out, hoping to tap into their extensive knowledge of running multiple properties simultaneously. Thankfully, their advice was just as good as I hoped (and is still achievable on a smaller scale). Here, the best housekeeping habits to steal from the best landlords in the business.

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25
May 18

Renter-Friendly Window Treatments That Don't Damage Walls

Most of the time, I’m okay with skirting around a landlord’s rules and will happily drill holes to hang art and curtains. However, every now and then, you meet a landlord who’s such a stickler, you wouldn’t even dare bring a drill into the apartment. If you find yourself in such a situation, these damage-free ideas for hanging curtains will help you keep your privacy—and your security deposit.

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