5 Moving Essentials to Buy at the Dollar Store

Over Fourth of July Weekend, I was running errands with my mom while visiting in suburban Chicago, Illinois. We headed to the Dollar Tree (also known as her and my grandma’s “favorite store”) because she wanted to pick up some plates she had been longing after. Bless my mother for practicing the “only buy if you think about it after you leave the store” trick even at Dollar Tree. Though I was on my way back to New York and thus had no room in my suitcase for any of the alluring products, I still chose to come inside and Read More

This $13 Buy Will Save You Big Money in the Future

Moving can be intense. When you’re trying to haul all your stuff out, the damage you’re potentially making on your rental floors is probably not as on top of your mind as convenience. But there is one inexpensive product that has done double duty by making my move easier and getting me my security deposit back on more than one occasion: furniture sliders. If you’re not acquainted with furniture sliders, they’re basically little plastic or felt pieces of heaven that stick onto (or slide under) the edges of your furniture, saving your floor and bottom edges of your furniture from Read More

My Husband Didn’t Want a House—So I Bought One Without Him

Our apartment sits on one of the busiest thoroughfares in New England. Working from home, we hear traffic, sirens, neighbors, the train, people shouting outside, our maintenance crew or the city’s department of public works taking on some project. I hate noise—and communal washing machines, sharing a bathroom, summer heat without central air conditioning, washing dishes by hand, living in three rooms with inadequate storage, and parking three floors down. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Here's What Living A Short Walk from Target Is Really Like

For me, Target became a non-negotiable nearby amenity while I was growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada. I loved grabbing a coffee from Starbucks, thumbing through video games, and thinking about purchasing Threshold floor lamps for an apartment far away. Now, as an adult with disposable income living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it’s all about the routine runs of charcoal face masks, $15 joggers, Spindrift seltzers, and on-trend serving ware for hosting. I chose to live close-by to a Target because of my errand workflow and distinctly millennial budget. But, like any consumer-focused endeavor, while there are some huge upsides to Read More

Why I Chose to Move 2 Minutes Away From My Ex

When my ex, Sarah, moved into her new home on a beautiful tree-lined street in the middle of one of Toronto’s most charming and historical neighborhoods, I began a months-long search for a place nearby. Even though we didn’t have any children together, it was an absolute priority for the both of us that I move within walking distance. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Here’s What It’s Like to Be a Realtor on House Hunters

It’s not all complaints about ugly paint color and wall-to-wall carpeting. Leslie Remy, owner of Astra Realty in San Antonio, Texas, dished to GuideLive.com about what it’s like to be a real estate agent on an episode of the HGTV hit show “House Hunters.” And while it may look like the Realtor just pops in for a three quick viewings and to sign a few papers, Remy says that couldn’t be further from the truth. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Drew Barrymore Sells in Hollywood, House Hunts in New York

After years of living in the Hollywood Hills, actress Drew Barrymore has sold her Los Angeles estate to a mystery buyer represented by Swedish firm Hillcrest AB, the LA Times reports. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Is It Ever Okay to Ask If You Can Tour Your Childhood Home?

Every now and then, I Google the address of my childhood home just to see if it’s on the market. I don’t want to buy it, make no mistake. It’s more that I’m forever curious to see if any interior photos have been posted so I can take a virtual walk around the place I spent 21 years of my life. But that’s as far as I’ll take it. In fact, I’ve never thought of driving up to the house and asking the current owners if I could do a little nostalgia tour. But wanting to return to your childhood Read More

The Salary You Need to Live Alone in Every Major U.S. City

Living in an exciting urban environment is a priority for a lot of people, but the prospect of swinging rent in a major city without the help of a roommate can be daunting. If you’re wondering what it takes to be able to afford to live alone in one of the top 20 populated cities in the United States, check out this list, which provides the yearly salary needed to afford the average rent for both a one-bedroom and a studio apartment in each city. The salary needed is calculated based upon the guideline that your gross annual income should Read More

The 7 Things You Absolutely Must Do When Moving Into a Co-Op

Before you pack one box in anticipation of your move to a co-op, you want to be sure you know everything about the building itself, whether it’s quirky rules, upcoming construction, or ongoing squabbles. This will go a long way to easing your move-in process. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico