For some people, renting a home is a financially responsible alternative to the costs and demands of home ownership. For others, it's merely a temporary arrangement during college years or while searching for a home to buy. Regardless of your circumstances, the resources spotlighted in this guide will teach you how to find a great rental and avoid the pitfalls of difficult landlords, quirky roommates, noisy neighbors and other factors that can make renting a tough adjustment.
Deciding what home to rent involves careful consideration of many factors, including location, ... read more »
Before you get the keys to your apartment, you'll go through a tenant screening process, sign lease ... read more »
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The occasional noisy neighbor and the random car that always seems to be in your parking space are just a few annoyances that might make you question why you'd ever bother with apartment living. With the help of the Web sites in this section, however, you can turn your apartment into a home, and make great friends out of your neighbors.
- Sometimes just making your new place feel a little homier is all the help you need to adjust to apartment living. For tips about decorating your apartment, see our findingDulcinea Home Decorating Web Guide.
The Washington Post
offers a few suggestions for holding a party in your apartment without upsetting your neighbors, and tips for handling a neighbor whose messy habits spill into apartment hallways.
has an “Apartment Living” forum for residents of apartments, co-ops and condominiums who have questions or concerns about their living conditions. Register for a free membership
to post messages.
suggests that it's important to adjust to apartment life as quickly as possible because renting might be more financially responsible than owning your own home.
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