Avoiding the Pitfalls of your First Apartment

Finding your very first apartment is a momentous occasion. It’s a rite of passage that proves that you really are an adult now. You have your own space. You don’t have to sneak friends and “more-than-friends” in and out. The place is yours to do with as you please (as long as your lease allows it!)

Getting caught up the excitement, though, causes many to get themselves in a mess. There are some very important factors to consider before and immediately after you sign your name on the lease. Be sure to avoid these common pitfalls in your first apartment.

Documents, Damages and Domestic Partners

When you rent, you live and die by your lease agreement.

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Energy Audits Can Help You Save Money and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

My husband and I had recently purchased a new home. Though we debated for a long time over whether to purchase a newly renovated home, or an older home, I eventually won the fight and we went with an older home purchase. What can I say; I\’m a sucker for crown moldings, hardwood floors, and the overall aesthetics of an older home. Anyway, we\’ve been slowly transitioning into our new home. As I become more aware of my personal finances and carbon footprint we leave on the earth, I’ve been trying to be more conscious of ways to save money and help the environment.

Needless to say, after only three months of living in our new home, I realized that we were spending entirely too much on electricity.

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Top 10 reasons why you should invest in a property in London SE1


One of London’s hot property spots, London SE1 has seen some spectacular luxury homes coming on the market in recent months.

One such stunning example is the 4,600 sq ft of accommodation which is the Penthouse at Benbow House. The largest of its type in the area, the apartment currently graces three floors and is available to view through Pastor Real Estate.

Apart from the fact you happen to be in the heart of one of the most exciting and culturally-significant cities in the world, why else would you look to invest in some classy bricks and mortar in this area of London which stretches from the south bank of the River Thames right through Waterloo and further on from Tower Bridge?

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Keeping Your Stuff and Yourself Safe When You Live in an Apartment

As a homeowner, your home security is totally up to you. You can install security systems, put up flood and motion detecting lights, set up video surveillance, anything you want! You can do as much or as little as feels comfortable. When you live in an apartment, though…not so much.

Apartment dwellers, you can\’t rip out their windows and install security glass. You can\’t wire in alarms or change the lighting (much). You definitely can\’t set up video surveillance in the hallway. It can often feel like you are totally at the mercy of your landlord\’s whims. In some ways, you are. But just because you can\’t put in any complicated monitoring systems or alarms doesn\’t mean you can\’t still take steps to keep yourself and your stuff as safe as possible!

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Apartments, Condominiums, and Reverse Mortgages

If you have been watching television at any point within the last five years, you have probably seen advertisements for reverse mortgages. If you own your apartment or condo, you might also be wondering what reverse mortgages are, and whether or not you would qualify.

What is a Reverse Mortgage?

A reverse mortgage is a home loan that allows you to cash out a portion of your home\’s equity. However, instead of paying part of the loan back each month, the bank pays you out of the equity for as long as you live in your home. Another option is for you to cash out the equity in one lump sum, in which case you would not have to pay back any of the loan as long as you live in your home.

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Perks of Living in San Diego

San Diego is warm and sunny. In fact, the daily high generally hovers around 70 degrees in the city, whether it’s the middle of winter or July. You might find slightly higher temps outside of the city, which is even better for water-related activities, like swimming or surfing. The city also attracts residents and potential residents for its generally low cost of living compared to larger cities in California, less traffic than you would find in Los Angeles, and proximity to the beaches thanks to a quick ride on the freeway. Frequently referred to as “America’s Finest City,” San Diego can be a great short or long-term living spot, whether you’re moving for work or a change of scenery.

The city has plenty of parks and recreation opportunities,

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Ultimate bathroom cabinet organisation cheat sheet [Infographic]

It doesn\’t matter how spacious your bathroom is, it is never big enough. We try to put too much stuff in it, which is why everything looks messy and crowded. How often do you want to get something in your bathroom cabinet only to open it and realize that it is an impossible mission? Even if you manage to find it among all the other things, you can\’t get it without knocking everything down. Well, this will change today. If nothing else, you will reduce the time that you need to get ready for work in the morning.

Reorganising your bathroom cabinets can be a great way of renewing your home, and it doesn’t require a lot of money!

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How to hide your household eyesores [Infographic]

There will always be a couple of things you want to change in your home, no matter how much effort do you put into decorating every room. These annoying household eyesores will catch your eye every time you enter the room. You know they are useful but you still hate looking at them. You want to find a way to hide it from the plain sight whether it is bulky appliances, messy looking cables or even your Internet router.

Is there anything more annoying than green and yellow lights flashing on the side of the TV while you’re watching a movie in the night? Is there any particular reason why they can’t make an Internet router that is pleasing to the eye?

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A visual guide to converting your loft [Infographic]

Keen on upping your home’s size and value? Consider converting your loft. With the existing walls, floor and ceiling, you already have the basics in place. Check out the infographic below as it will take you through everything you need to know in order to successfully convert all that empty space.

Converting Your Loft infographic

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