Just because your bathroom is stuck in the 1970s doesn't mean you have to renovate
Mustard: great on hotdogs, not so great as a color scheme for your toilet, sink and bathtub. But if you’re selling, particularly with so few apartments on the market, is a more contemporary redo worth the money and hassle?
Quite possibly not, according to the New York Times, which tackled the issue in response to a seller’s question about renovating bathroom fixtures in a “very retro shade of mustard.”
Getting organized in a New York City apartment is a nightmare. No matter how much of a minimalist you are, there's never enough space, and once things fall into disarray, summoning the mental energy to whip your place into shape can feel impossible.
If this is how you leave your apartment, don't expect your landlord to return your deposit
Between the endless phone calls and the arguments, getting your security deposit back from a landlord can be one of the most frustrating parts of leaving a rental.
Legally speaking, renters are not obligated to pay for "normal wear and tear"—the scuffs and aging, known as "unavoidable deterioration," that are the inevitable result of living in an apartment. If you inflict damage on your place—think ripping a hole in the carpet, rather than merely wearing it down—you can kiss your security deposit (often a month's rent or more) goodbye.
But we all know that sometimes landlords will give you a break, and sometimes they'll hold your money hostage for seemingly inconsequential issues. We spoke to expertsto get the lowdown on what will truly cost you your deposit—and what most building owners will (or must) let slide.
Solar panels are one way to green your building (and save some green too).
By now, we've all heard about how energy-efficient air conditioners and washer/dryers can save us money, but why not think bigger? The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, a so-called public benefit corporation aimed at helping New Yorkers conserve energy, has a slew of financial incentives to help offset the cost of making your building more environmentally friendly.
Here are a few big-ticket items from a roundup in DNAinfo, along with the incentives offered and the time it reportedly takes to break even on your investment.
A pool is a rare amenity for Greenpoint, but is an above-ground, shared backyard setup really worth more than $1,000 per person?
Greenpoint seems to be getting more popular (and expensive) by the day, and while the area's rife with apartments tailor-made for post-grads with roommates, it's not every day you hear about one that comes with a pool (unless it's in a high-priced, ultra-luxe condo, that is).
So is this place (and its pool) worth the money? Our veteran renters—including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter—weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
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The creators of Ditmas Park Corner and Sheepshead Bites have joined forces.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: New Yorkers are spoiled for choice (in the best way possible) when it comes to news coverage of neighborhood issues, from the lowdown on new bars to updates on subway service. It might be a phenomenon unique to a city overflowing with writers and journalists—and an audience hungry for news—but either way, the hyper-local blog boom is a trend we can very much get behind.
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