Don’t Fall for These 10 Big Rental Myths

October 17, 2018

It’s a renter’s world, baby. With housing prices being what they are, and wages not quite keeping up, yesteryear’s “American Dream” of owning a home is a blip on the millennial radar and shrinking fast. That’s why learning how to adapt in a rental home is more important than ever. We’ve busted these 10 rental myths that may be keeping you from making your rental your happy place.

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This Artist’s Home Is in a Sunny Chicago Suburb Rental — House Call

October 17, 2018

Name: Kennan del Mar, my partner, Allan, and our dog Marsha
Location: Lombard, Illinois
Size: 1,035 square feet
Years lived in: 9 months, renting

I live with my partner, Allan, and our girl dog Marsha, an American Cocker Spaniel. Allan is working as a data analyst and I’m an independent artist. We moved into this apartment about nine months ago when we were looking for a place that’s not too far from downtown Chicago but still has that suburban vibe and we fell in love with it right away. Lots of light, wood floors, and a nice kitchen. It’s a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment, which we like so we can use the other bedroom as a TV room. We don’t like having TV in the living room or master bedroom.

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Stay at Madonna & Guy Ritchie’s Former London Home (From When They Started Dating)

October 17, 2018

Though her pub-going “Madge” phase is long over, Madonna’s mark remains on the 2/2 South Kensington flat British filmmaker Guy Ritchie owned when the couple first started dating in the late ’90s—and now, as of this week, you can rent the London pad on HomeAway.

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Before and After: 3 Changes Made a Big Difference in This $12K Kitchen

October 17, 2018

When the new owner of this loft realized that completely renovating the kitchen would be quite expensive and not all that exciting, a “refresh” was undertaken instead—and three big changes made an enormous impact.

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This Highly-Rated Roomba Is Currently 30% Off On Amazon

October 17, 2018

While we’re still waiting on someone to invent a robot like Rosie from “The Jetsons,” robot vacuums are one easy way to get your space a little cleaner with minimal effort. And while there are several budget options on the market, iRobot, maker of Roomba, has remained the industry standard. If you’ve wanted a one of your own, this might be the deal for you. One of their earlier models is currently 30 percent off on Amazon.

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These Amazon Home Buys Are Designer-Approved AND Under $50

October 17, 2018

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Amazon has a bunch of home decor pieces that look expensive, but are ridiculously affordable. It’s not that surprising, right? After all, you can buy just about everything (and we mean everything) at the mega-retailer—and usually for a low, fair price.

Of course, we’re not the only ones who think Amazon is a decorating enthusiast’s paradise. Truth is, plenty of interior designers can’t get enough of Amazon’s cheap thrills, either. Don’t believe us? Here, eight designers share what they buy on Amazon for under $50. Psst… many of them are available for Prime shipping!

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Maker Spotlight: Emiel Noorlander

October 17, 2018

meet Emiel Noorlander, the practical engineer
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Why 20% of Workers Will Have Trouble Getting a Mortgage

October 17, 2018

Andrea Kaplan-Chambers and her husband have owned their Austin, Texas, home for a year now, but the path there wasn’t easy. The couple were both freelancers when they were applying for mortgages, (Kaplan-Chambers worked as a contract programmer and her husband owned a small sound design business) something they didn’t know was going to be as big of a problem as it ended up being. Though they both had thriving businesses, it turns out that the bank was skeptical of the couple’s financial profile.

“It was impossible to get approved for a mortgage as a small business owner, even with good credit, no debt, [and 10 years of savings],” says Kaplan-Chambers.

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Here’s What That Drawer Under Your Oven Is Actually For

October 17, 2018

I’ve been cooking for most of my adult life, and I’ve never actually been completely sure just what that drawer under the oven is for. It seems like a good enough place to store baking pans, but that also feels like wasted space, or that it should actually be for something besides storage. I’ve never really used that drawer for anything. Honestly, most of the time I forget it’s even there until I can’t find the muffin tins, and my husband tells me to look in the oven drawer.

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8 “Lazy People” Secrets for Washing Lots of Dishes Quickly, According to Reddit

October 17, 2018

You don’t always think of Reddit users as a pinnacle of homekeeping advice, but there exists deep in the site a small cohort of Redditors who have embraced the importance of housekeeping hacks to stay on top of your space. They’re the users of a subreddit forum called Unfuck Your Habitat, named after (but unaffiliated with) Rachel Hoffman’s accessible self-help cleaning book with the same title.

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