5 Things I Wish I'd Known About My First Apartment
1. Carrie Bradshaw lived in an amazing rent controlled apartment in NYC and therefore you should too! It is possible to live in a nice rent controlled apartment in LA. They exist but you have to HUNT. Rent control limits the landlords ability to overcharge and they are limited to raising rent a set percentage each Tennant. If you are interested in an apartment you can check here to see if it's rent controlled. If it is, hop on that shat. Rent control is how I manage to live in downtown Santa Monica, 5 blocks from the block and promenade. #worthit
2. Craigslist is your best friend. One thing I've learned is that people are constantly moving in and out of LA and usually they have really nice stuff! Before you spend a fortune on brand new furniture (student loans ain't got time for that) check out your local craigslist! We got our beautiful grey couch, kitchen table and armchairs all from Craigslist and they are SO nice.
3. Get a place close to a grocery store. Nothing is worse than being hangry and far from food. Make sure you pick a location that has a grocery store at least within 1 mile. Preferably a Trader Joes if your feelin real smart. I LOVE Trader Joes. Honestly half the price of any other grocery store.
4. Make sure you get a place with a parking spot. Parking in LA is atrocious. Don't let any Realtor try and tell you otherwise. You will get thousands of dollars in tickets, mirrors knocked off and will have to park miles away if you don't have a set spot. Parking is essential.
5. Delegate chores and STICK to them. With three roommates we've delegated three chores: trash, dishes and living room. I am trash girl, though it is NOT glamorous (many gag moments) it does keep our apartment smelling fresh. For dishes it's smart to make a "clean/dirty" sign and rinse and put your dirty dishes in the dishwasher right after you eat. This will keep your counter clear and roommates happy.