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25 Things Nobody Tells You About Your First Apartment

Unfortunately, the Toilet Paper Fairy won't be paying any visits.

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3. ...or turn your life into a money-hemorrhaging joke.

"I know you said you wanted a sunny, quiet three-bedroom, but I found you this studio with a shared bathroom and an infestation of rats for only three times your budget! Also, it's only accessible by ferry in the dead of night."


4. And once you DO find a place that works for you, it'll require a mountain of paperwork you basically need to produce on the spot.


Everyone on the lease will most likely need proof of employment, their three most recent pay stubs, a tax return, and bank statements. If there's a guarantor in the mix, they'll need all of that as well. If you really want to move quickly on a place or are in a competitive market (like, say, the aforementioned glory that is the Big Apple) it pays to have all that stuff on hand when you go to view an apartment.

6. You have to take measurements of absolutely everything.

Turns out that windows come in different sizes, and therefore so do curtain rods, and you need those so your neighbor across the air shaft stops peering over whenever you bring someone home.


11. When you go to the grocery store*, you have to spend basically all your money on grown-up food.

AKA more lettuce and olive oil, less beer and chocolate.

*Which happens way more frequently than you would ever imagine.


13. Installing an air conditioner is tough. Paying someone a week's salary to install one for you is tougher.

It's really not as hard as it seems, just heavy (especially if your friend's boyfriend used to work at Lowe's and is willing to do it for you in exchange for booze and eternal gratitude).

14. If your heating or stove runs on oil, set that ish up ASAP.

Even if it's working when you first arrive, it might just be left over from the previous tenants, and the oven will stop working the second you really need a frozen personal pizza.

15. At some point, you will see a mouse, and it will not be cute and friendly like pop culture would have you believe.

Also, good luck ever shaking that telltale scribble-scrabble noise from your brain ever again.


17. You'll have to find chairs that match the table your roommate's* parents let them haul out of the basement.


Sadly, Ikea furniture doesn't come in "water-stained termite-riddled taupe."

* /significant other's/ estranged long-lost relative's.