Get Your Damage Deposit Back

How to Get Back Your Apartment Deposit

If you’re a renter, you should already be familiar with damage deposits (sometimes called “security deposit”). They are, unfortunately, a necessary evil for the property management to protect themselves from losing money.

If you’re a responsible tenant, and you take the appropriate steps when moving out of your apartment, you should be able to get all (or at least some) of your deposit back. Then, that money can go toward your next apartment, your new home, or simply toward some much-needed shopping. Whatever you want to spend it on, here are some tips for getting it back. Continue reading

A Wedding Guest’s Guide to Gift Etiquette

How Much Should You Spend on a Wedding Gift?

The spring “wedding season” has officially begun, and your fridge will soon be covered in elegant, hand-lettered invitations if it isn’t already. Your growing collection means two things: 1) You have a lot of friends and family who want to celebrate their special day with you, and 2) You may or may not go broke buying gifts for all of the couples.

Engagement gifts, wedding gifts, gifts for the shower and bachelor/ette party—weddings can quickly go from a fun-filled celebration to a costly, stressful one. Knowing your way around wedding gift etiquette is your first step to avoid being bogged down by the season. Continue reading

DIY Rain Collector

Home Rain Barrel

Rain collectors (also called rain barrels) are gaining popularity recently—and rightfully so. They are environmentally friendly and can save money on water bills. But popularity comes at a price in the retail market, as many store-bought rain barrels will cost you over $100. The good news is that they’re simple to make, and the DIY route is much cheaper.

Here’s how to create your very own DIY rain collector. Continue reading

3 Tips for Cleaning Your Carpet

Carpet Cleaning Tips

Remember how your carpet looked when you first moved into your apartment or house? Spotless, right? And you probably weren’t afraid to have guests over either. But after a few years of wear-and-tear, your carpets might be looking a little…gross. This is especially true if you have kids or pets, who pretty much exist to destroy your home’s carpet.

When it comes to cleaning your carpet, you can’t just vacuum and call it a day. Stains, dirt, hair, and dust all work their way into carpet fibers, so you need to give your carpet a deep clean. That means removing stains, vacuuming, and shampooing or steaming. Continue reading