Many apartment dwellers understandably get anxious when it comes to holiday tipping. It's not always obvious whom you should tip or how much to give each recipient, especially if you're new to an apartment building.
Last night, I talked with NBC New York's Erika Tarantal and offered some pointers on holiday tipping etiquette. You can watch the live interview here, courtesy of NBC New York.
Plus, for even more help on navigating the holiday tipping maze, check out my About.com article, "Stress-Free Apartment Holiday Tipping."
Do you find holiday tipping to be particularly stressful? What advice do you offer other apartment dwellers when it comes to figuring out how much to tip?
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When it comes to decorating your apartment for the holidays, roommates often have different ideas. Even if roommates celebrate the same holiday, they may disagree about how much to decorate their apartment, if at all.
Learn the common reasons why roommates argue over holiday decorations, and get tips on how to compromise if you find your plans at odds with your roommate's.
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Many apartment dwellers who celebrate Christmas decide to get a real tree for their rental. If you're one of them, lower the risk of fire by keeping your tree wet with regular watering. Dry trees are flammable and can pose a serious danger.
Here's more information about how you can follow this simple but important safety tip to help ensure a joyous and safe holiday season.
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An important part of enjoying any holiday is making sure you and your family stays safe. If you're lighting a menorah in your apartment to celebrate Hanukkah, lower your fire risk by placing aluminum foil sheets or another nonflammable surface underneath before you begin candle lighting each night.
By taking this simple step, if a candle that you thought was secure should fall out of your menorah, it shouldn't lead to a serious fire.
Read more about this important fire safety tip to help ensure you have a safe and happy Hanukkah.
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As an apartment dweller, it's possible to experience housing discrimination as early as the day you begin your apartment search. So, be proactive by taking a moment now to learn some of the basics of housing discrimination to get familiar with your fair housing rights, become adept at identifying illegal discrimination, and understand your options if you think you're the victim of a fair housing violation.
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Every renter knows that landlords expect monthly rent payments in full and on time each month. But what others common issues related to paying rent should you be aware of as an apartment dweller?
From prorating rent to being liable for a deadbeat roommate's share to paying by credit card, here's what you need to know about the basics of paying your rent.
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Your apartment lease not only states the amount of your monthly rent, but it's the document that spells out your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Many people have questions about their lease both before and after they've signed it.
For example, before you sign a lease, you might want to check that it allows for dogs, just as your landlord had promised when you spoke on the phone. Months after living in an apartment, you might decide you need to move to a different state for a job and want to know what your lease says about breaking it.
Find out what you need to know about apartment lease basics.
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As a renter, you need to make sure you've got enough money to cover the rent each month, plus pay bills and apartment-related expenses. If you find that you're having trouble coming up with the right amount of money, just the fear of falling behind in payments and losing your rental can cause stress.
Before you sign the lease for your next apartment, take a moment to review some basics of money and apartments that can help you avoid unpleasant financial surprises and enjoy your apartment living to the fullest.
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Unlike roommates, neighbors play a part in every renter's apartment living story. As you may already know from experience, neighbors can be a blessing or a curse. They can help check your mail or look after things while you're away, for example. Or, on the other hand, a neighbor's loud or rude behavior can get under your skin.
Here are some basics of handling apartment neighbors to help you deal with them effectively and, hopefully, enjoy positive relationships with the people who live around you.
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Not every renter wants a roommate. But for those who do, the decision to share that place called home with another person can bring companionship, security, and even savings.
You might think that finding a roommate should be easy, since there are many candidates out there. But your goal is to find the a person who's compatible with you, and so it may take more time and effort than you expect.
Learn the basics to help ensure you'll find the right roommate as efficiently as possible.
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