Removable wallpaper can bring life to your walls--without riling up your landlord
Here's the promise of temporary wallpaper: you buy it for less than traditional wall coverings, remove it from its backing like a sticker, affix it to your wall and, presto, your walls are enlivened, easy. And when it’s time to move, all you have to do is peel it off the wall. No muss, no fuss, no landlord’s permission necessary.
The parent of a musician is hoping to find an apartment before her daughter comes to the city. Is it do-able?
We often receive emails from readers asking for help in navigating their own real estate crises. In Realty Bites, we try to get them answers.
A reader recently wrote in hoping to rent an apartment for her daughter, who's moving here in a month and a half to study music.
"My daughter will be a grad student at Juilliard in the fall, and she will be away all summer. Is it possible for me to come to New York, work with a broker, apply for an apartment, pay the deposit, then overnight the lease to her for signing? If this is possible, when should I come to New York to find an apartment for a September 1st move-in date? I will be her guarantor, and I have already gone through this process with a previous New York apartment."
Working around an ancient-looking fixture is easier than you'd think.
At some point or another, we've all lived in a rental with a lighting scheme that makes us feel like we're either at the DMV or a haunted house. Mercifully, there are still plenty of options for those of us with security deposits to keep intact, and as we've said before, a lighting upgrade is one of the quickest, easiest decorating fixes you can make. Apartment Therapy has also rounded up some of the best (and most achievable) lighting DIYs from around the web to spruce up all manner of lighting woes. Get your glue guns ready:
Even if your building bans pets, you may have to bend the rules for an apartment dweller with a mental or physical disability, from cancer to blindness to anxiety. Federal, state and city laws require that building owners and landlords accommodate tenants who need service animals, even for emotional support.
Looking to say goodbye to your current landlord and the expensive gauntlet of pricey broker's fees? Check out the listings at Naked Apartments to see a variety of no-fee and low-fee apartments with broker’s fees that top out at 9 percent (versus the typical 12 to 15 percent). We've rounded up current options in all five boroughs and in a variety of price ranges, and you can also search Naked Apartments by “no-fee” or “low-fee” to see more.
A sleek new condo building certainly has its draws, from sensible layouts to virgin appliances, pristine lobbies and fast, reliable elevators.
Of course, those perks don’t come cheap: In fact, new development condos sold for $2 million more than existing apartments in the second quarter of this year, according to appraisal firm Miller Samuel. Not only will you pay a premium to buy new, you'll also take a risk on the unknown and untested, especially if you commit well before your place gets built.
To boost your chance of getting what you pay for--and head off any nasty surprises--read on for the 16 essential questions to ask while shopping for a new construction condo.
Maximize the use of your closet space by investing in racks, rods, drawers and other storage solutions
During the months-long renovation of our bedroom, we made do sleeping in our little office and living out of dressers and rolling racks parked in our living room. Now that we've finished the reno and moved into the bedroom, we have a new problem: a closet that won't hold clothes for the both of us.
On the market for a new home, and have $1.25 million to spend? We've combed the listings for homes currently on the market across the city, whether you're looking for a luxe condo in the heart of downtown or something farther away but more spacious (you can even get your own pool if you head out to Staten).
Q. I recently bought a one-bedroom co-op, which I'd eventually like to leave to my sister. What are my options for estate planning?
Leaving a co-op to a sibling should be as simple as putting it in your will, right? Not exactly. While you do have a few options, you’ll have to get the co-op board’s blessing no matter what route you take, our experts say.
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