Moving with Pets: Helpful Tips For a Successful Relocation

It’s not as simple as packing up their stuff and putting them in your car. There’s a lot of details you need to plan for.

Whether you’re moving across town or the country, moving — and all it entails — is stressful. If you’re moving with pets, not only do you have to manage and navigate your stress, but you need to make sure you’re helping your beloved pet deal with the stress of the move, too.

Pets are sensitive to human stress, so if you’re sweating your move, chances are Fido is feeling it, too. The more prepared you are for handling your move with pets, the better off you and your pet will be. By taking early actions to plan your move and factoring in your pet and their unique needs, you can set yourself up for moving day success.

The ultimate goal when moving with pets is keeping your pet safe. So, whether you have a school of fish in a giant aquarium, a small snake or your 11-year-old cat, here are ways for moving with pets that will keep both you and your pet safe and stress-free during this transitionary time.

Planning is the key to moving with pets

The last thing you want during your move is a last-minute surprise, so plan your moving day as far out as possible. Since you’ll have so much to pack and plan for, putting together a comprehensive plan for moving with pets may slip your mind.

Here’s how to get the ball rolling and help you move your pets with ease.

Decide how you’re getting to your new home

Figuring out how you’re getting to your final destination is important, especially if you’re moving across the country. You’ll need to decide if it makes sense to fly or drive to your new space. But before you make up your mind, take into consideration what’s best for your pet.

Moving long-distance? You will need to decide to fly or drive to your new home. Check airline pet policies for any specifics regarding your pet if you plan to fly. If the driving distance is four hours or less, plan to drive.

If the driving distance is longer than that but your pet has medical needs, driving remains the best option. Also, for any long-distance traveling with your pets, plan for bathroom breaks and pet-friendly accommodations.

If you’re moving nearby your current location, decide if you’re hiring a moving company or planning to DIY with a U-Haul and some friends. Once you select a moving company, make sure to let the company know that a pet is at the residence. While the moving company cannot move your pet for you, it’s important to go ahead and put your beloved companion on their radar.

bird in birdcage

bird in birdcage

Research state and local regulations

If you’re moving out of state or outside of your current ZIP Code, take time to research and read up on any state and local regulations as they pertain to your pet. Nearly every state has laws applicable to dogs, cats, birds and other pets like snakes, so make sure your pets comply with the laws of the state you’re moving to.

If you’re moving with pets and you need to go through a state border inspection, make sure you have all appropriate health certificates and paperwork for your animal. If you’re traveling to your new home by plane, you’ll need to show a health certificate and paperwork for your pet, too.

Pick up a travel carrier

Regardless of what kind of pet you have, you should plan to pick up a travel carrier. If you’re moving with pets like birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, it will be way easier to remove your pet from their aquarium, cage or vivarium and transport them via a carrier.

If your pet isn’t already crate trained or used to a travel carrier, make sure you start introducing them to a travel crate as soon as you know you’re moving. Make sure your travel carrier fits with airline guidelines if you fly. If you’re traveling by car, make sure you have a harness or seatbelt to secure your pet’s crate.

Although it’s tempting to let Fido ride shotgun to your new home, don’t let any animal roam freely in the vehicle. It’s not safe for you or your pets. Keep your snakes, lizards, turtles, cats, rabbits, dogs and frogs in their travel carriers at all times.

Small dog at a veterinarian visit.

Small dog at a veterinarian visit.

Schedule a veterinarian appointment

Once you have a moving plan in place, make sure it includes taking your beloved pet to the veterinarian. You’ll want to make sure your pet’s health records are up to date, and if they need any inoculations or boosters, this would be an ideal time to get them.

While at the vet, ask about prescribing your pet medication to help ease their nervous system on moving day. Your vet can also go over any warning signs or unusual behaviors you should look out for as your beloved companion settles into the new environment.

Review identification tags

Make sure your pets, especially cats and dogs, have identification tags. If your indoor kitty typically doesn’t wear an identification tag, go ahead and get one made and put it on your cat before moving day.

Identification tags should include your pet’s name, your name, your phone number and your address. Since you’re relocating, go ahead and include your new address on the tag, if possible.

Pack mindfully

Your pets, especially dogs, cats and birds, will know something is up when you bring home boxes and start packing up your space. To keep your pets as stress-free as possible, set up designated packing areas in your house. Keep some rooms or areas box-free.

Additionally, stay mindful of what you’re packing. If you’re handling any cleaning supplies or materials that could harm your pets, make sure you don’t leave boxes open or in places your pet could get into.

cat on a box

cat on a box

Create a travel kit specific to your pet

Since you know your animal best, build a pet travel kit specifically for your companion. No matter what type of pet you have, make sure their health certificates go into this kit.

Here’s what else you should consider adding:

  • Pet’s regular food
  • Travel-sized or collapsable food and water dishes
  • Blanket or towel
  • Favorite toy
  • Treats
  • Extra paper towels
  • Plastic bags to clean up after your pet
  • Prescribed medication from your veterinarian
  • A leash
  • An extra bottle of water
  • Spray bottle (for pets that need to stay moist)

Move through moving day

Ready or not, moving day will arrive with a vengeance. Ideally, you have already taken care of everything that needs to get done for your move, including anything pertaining to your beloved pet.

Here are day-of tips for moving with pets:

  • Put someone in charge of your pet. Whether it’s you, a friend or hired pet sitter, appoint someone to take care of your pet’s needs for the whole day. This person needs to safely and securely keep the pet out the way and help with any needs like feeding or walking.
  • Reduce food intake for your pet by one-third the day before and the day of your move. This will help quell their stomach, whether you’re going by car or airplane.
  • If you have a prescription for calming medication from your veterinarian, administer it to your pet at least 30 minutes before your movers arrive.
  • Find a room that you can put your pet in with his crate and toys that’s separate from the chaos of movers, boxes and heavy lifting.
  • Remind movers and anyone helping you that you have a pet. Tell them where your pet is, so they can use extra caution if they need to go near the area.
  • Double-check that your pet travel kit is ready to go.
  • Make sure identification tags are on your pets.
  • Secure all crates and cages from the outside. Make sure your dog can’t easily open the door to his crate and that your boa constrictor can’t move the lid off its carrier.
  • Stay aware of the temperature outside, especially if you have pets that are sensitive to extreme heat or cold.
  • When you get to your new space, don’t let your pet roam freely right away. Section your pet off to one room, so they can get acclimated while you move in. Wait until all the movers are gone and then slowly introduce your pet to other spaces.

dog on dog bed

dog on dog bed

Help your pet settle in

It doesn’t matter if you’re a human or a pet newt, moving takes a lot out of you. Give yourself and your pet some time to settle into your new home. The more relaxed you are in your new environment, the more relaxed your pet will be.

To help your beloved pet find its footing, arrange a space exclusively for your pet to make theirs in your new home. The more this area is similarly arranged to the last place, the better. If you need to set up your frog’s vivarium, aim to recreate an environment as close to how it previously was. Animals, especially dogs and cats, will find comfort in the scent from your old place, so make sure to not wash your dog’s favorite blanket.

During this settling-in period, keep a close eye on your pet as they get used to their new space. Yes, your pet will probably experience some stress on moving day but if you notice any weird behavior or anything causing you concern, call your veterinarian immediately. Also, if you moved to a new area — go ahead and start looking for a new veterinarian practice that can help take care of your pet and all its future needs.

Home sweet home

Whether it takes a few days or a month to turn your new space into a place that feels like home, at least you’ll have your beloved pet! While daunting, moving with pets is 100 percent worth it. They’re family, after all.


The Most Expensive Apartment in New York City

If you’ve got $16,000 a month to spare, then you’re the lucky renter that can afford to live the penthouse life in the most expensive apartment in the most expensive city in America.

Living in New York City is expensive in every facet of life. Not only is it the most expensive U.S. city overall, but with an average of $6,499 a month for a two-bedroom unit, it has the most expensive apartments in the nation, as well.

Some people just have their hearts set on fancy, expensive apartments in Manhattan with every convenience and amenity imaginable. But there is an elite group of renters who are on the hunt for the most expensive apartment. And that honor goes to a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath penthouse in Chelsea that will run you nearly 16 grand a month.

Meet Penthouse D at the Beatrice Apartments in Midtown, the most expensive apartment in New York City. Here’s what makes this grand “ultimate space for comfort, luxury and leisure” 54 stories above Manhattan worth so much.

The perfectly convenient Midtown South neighborhood

Outdoor dining in Koreatown, New York

Outdoor dining in Koreatown, New York

The Beatrice Apartments could not be more convenient. The building is located at the corner of 29th Street and Sixth Avenue. The complex is set inside the 12-square-block swath where the North Chelsea neighborhood overlaps Midtown South. Other Midtown neighborhoods, including the Garment District, NoMad, Koreatown, Flatiron and Rose Hill, are all steps away.

Nearly everything you could desire is just a short walk away. Every variety of restaurant, boutique, café, bodega and bar is nearby. Greeley Square Park is just two blocks away and Madison Square Park is four. The Empire State Building is a four-minute walk, and the Theater District and Times Square are just 15.

The building’s block rates a perfect Transit Score of 100, a “Rider’s Paradise.” Stops for the 1, 2, 3, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R and W subways and PATH trains are within a few-minute walk. And Penn Station is just four short blocks away for access to Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit.

In addition, the location earns a Walk Score of 99, a “Walker’s Paradise,” and a “Very Bikeble” Bike Score of 84. And the property charges no broker fee.

A deluxe apartment in the sky with stunning views

Interior living room from the Beatrice, New York

Interior living room from the Beatrice, New York

The most expensive listed apartment in New York City is Penthouse D, one of the building’s four penthouses. It occupies the southeast quadrant of the building’s top floor, the 53rd just under the rooftop lounge. The unit features wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows above 6th Avenue, which is officially Avenue of the Americas. The spot offers direct views of the Empire State Building. But if interest in seeing out over Brooklyn and Long Island wanes, the entire unit offers blackout shades.

The three-bedroom and three-and-a-half bath unit stretches over 1,673 square feet in total. Its 10-foot ceilings hover over oak hardwood and porcelain tile floors. Every room has heat and air conditioning with its own controls.

The master suite features a 14-by-18 foot bedroom, a massive walk-in closet and two linen closets. The master bath offers a separate stand-up glass shower and soaking tub and a double-sink vanity. Both the 11-by-12 foot second bedroom and 12-by-12 foot third bedroom feature reach-in closets and their own full en suite bathrooms. All three bedrooms have eastern views out towards the Empire State Building.

The compact kitchen includes high-end stainless steel appliances from Sub-Zero, Viking and Miele and Italian marble and granite countertops. The kitchen island looks out over the spacious 21-by-21 foot living and dining area. And across from the second bedroom is a half bath.

Exclusive facilities 50 stories above New York

Common room at the Beatrice, New York

Common room at the Beatrice, New York

The “sleek, sophisticated and ultra-luxurious” Beatrice Apartments occupy 29 floors of a much taller building. The Beatrice begins on the 24th floor of the 54-story building, with the remainder occupied by the posh Kimpton Hotel Eventi. In all, the 620,000-square-foot building, completed in 2010, tops out at 614 feet in architectural height. That makes the structure the 92nd tallest in New York and 375th in the country.

Community facilities include a private catering kitchen, conference meeting room and fitness center with Peloton bicycles and a yoga studio. But the most prominent amenity is the Beatrice’s exclusive Cloud Lounge on the 54th-floor rooftop just one floor up from the apartment. The combined indoor/outdoor space is perfect for personal or party pleasure, with stunning eastern views all the way out to Brooklyn. Relax on the terrace, or play in the recreation lounge with two 60″ LCD televisions and a Brunswick billiards table.

The entire apartment building is fully pet friendly and smoke free. It offers 24-hour staff, including a round-the-clock concierge desk. Services include in-house valet dry cleaning and monthly parking. And the staff host annual Independence Day and winter holiday parties for residents and guests.

What else you could get for that money

New York subway train

New York subway train

Even for a jaded New Yorker, spending nearly $16,000 a month on a Manhattan apartment is a little crazy. But how do you put that kind of expense into perspective? Here are a few other things you can buy each month for the price of this penthouse at the Beatrice.

  • 5,814 rides on the MTA subway
  • 89 pairs of Vagabond shoes that are longing to stray
  • Thirty pounds of USDA Prime dry-aged strip steak from Peter Luger’s Steak House
  • 139 tickets to see the New York Giants, but 170 tickets to see the New York Jets who play at the same stadium
  • Ten medium-sized Louis Vuitton handbags from Saks Fifth Avenue, or 320 knockoff medium-sized Louis Vuitton handbags from a table at the corner of Broadway and Canal

More affordable but still expensive units

Make no mistake, even a lousy apartment in New York City will still cost you a pretty penny. But if money is no object, what is one to do if you wish to live in the lap of luxury but this penthouse just isn’t your cup of high tea? Here are five other pricey Manhattan apartments that are slightly more affordable.

  • 170 Amsterdam, 170 Amsterdam Ave. (Lincoln Square): $15,352 for three bedrooms
  • Prism at Park Avenue South, 50 E. 28th St.(Rose Hill): $10,480 for two bedrooms
  • West 96th, 750 Columbus Ave. (Manhattan Valley): $8,482 for two bedrooms
  • 300 East 39th, 300 E. 39th St. (Murray Hill): $8,021 for two bedrooms
  • Parc East, 240 E. 27th St. (Kips Bay): $7,500 for two bedrooms

Enjoy it if you can afford it

Living in a swank penthouse apartment in Chelsea is the stuff of a rom-com or heist movie. That’s what you’d expect from the most expensive apartment in New York City. It’s a pipe dream for New Yorkers not named Icahn or Bloomberg. So, maybe a walk-up in the Village or a brownstone on the Upper West Side are more your speed.

But if your budget is a little less, head on over to and find a slew of apartments in Manhattan or elsewhere in New York that won’t break the bank.


The rent information included in this article is accurate as of September 2021 and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.


Mold in Your Apartment? Problems, Solutions and Prevention

Mold in your apartment is not only distressing, it’s a health concern. But in most cases, you can prevent little problems from becoming big ones.

If you suspect (or know) you have mold in your apartment, you may worry that your home sweet home has become a hazard to your health. What can you do, and whose responsibility is it to solve the problem?

Mold that concentrates on surfaces indoors can cause health problems, especially if you have a sensitivity like allergies or asthma. That’s why it’s smart to be alert for signs of mold, address mold problems quickly if you find them and take steps to prevent mold growth in the first place.

Signs of mold in apartment

This may surprise you: there are mold spores in your apartment already! The tiny spores float through the air both indoors and out. They can get into your apartment through open windows or by hitching a ride on your or your pet.

Fortunately, mold spores only grow indoors when they land on surfaces that provide the right environment for them.

The symptoms of mold in your apartment can be subtle if the affected area is small or dramatic if the mold has spread. Here are a few telltale signs to look for:

  • Your apartment smells like mildew or has an earthy, musty odor.
  • You notice signs of water damage like stains or bulging drywall.
  • You have physical symptoms of sensitivity to mold (especially when you’re in your apartment) like a stuffy nose, watery eyes, coughing or trouble breathing.
  • Your apartment has visible signs of mold growing on surfaces.

Woman holding her nose because she smells mold

Woman holding her nose because she smells mold

What does mold look like?

Most people think of mold indoors as the nefarious-looking black, yellow or greenish splotches that grow on walls and window frames, but mold can appear in a variety of colors and forms. It can have a slimy, fuzzy or suede-like texture (but don’t touch it with your bare hands; some mold can cause skin irritation.).

Contrary to what you might have heard, the color of mold doesn’t determine how dangerous it is.

How to test for mold in your apartment

The only sure way to identify what type of mold is present in your apartment is to have it tested by a professional. This is particularly true if you smell mold or have other symptoms of a mold problem but you can’t actually see signs of mold growth.

However, if you’re already convinced you have mold growth, testing for mold in your apartment isn’t necessary. The CDC suggests that all mold should be treated as a potential health hazard and removed. Instead of wasting precious time finding out what kind of mold you have, follow the removal steps below to get rid of it as soon as possible.

5 common places where mold hides

Mold needs two things to thrive: moisture and some amount of darkness. Places where moisture is frequent or excessive are prime spots for mold growth, especially if those places don’t have a lot of exposure to light.

Here are a few places where mold can lurk. But keep in mind that mold can grow anywhere indoors given the right conditions.

Someone looking at mold under a magnifying glass

Someone looking at mold under a magnifying glass

1. Where leaks are present

Mold often appears when there’s a leak causing a moisture problem. You may find mold on ceilings or walls if structural problems allowed moisture to enter. Leaks around window frames are another common culprit.

2. In your bathroom

Mold can also hide on shower walls and curtains or around the trim in your bathroom. You might discover it under sinks or any place where leaky pipes or condensation create a damp environment.

3. Where you do laundry

If your clothes dryer isn’t properly vented to the outside, your laundry area can become humid. That excess moisture could promote mold growth. You may also find mold on damp towels that have been stored too long in a laundry hamper or on the surrounding walls of your laundry room.

4. Around windows

If you often have condensation on your apartment windows, check for signs of mold around the window frame. Mold can also grow in curtains, blinds or on the carpeting below windows where there’s a moisture problem.

5. On organic materials

Mold especially loves to grow on damp cellulose. That means cardboard, stacks of paper, books or magazines, ceiling tiles, wood and anything made from organic materials. You may also find mold on (or behind) wallpaper and on upholstery and carpet.

Can you live in an apartment with mold?

If you’ve found mold growing in your apartment, take steps to remove it quickly and prevent the problem from spreading.

Exposure to mold can cause serious health problems for some and few or no issues for others. But whether you’re allergic or not, mold can cause irritation to your eyes, nose, throat, lungs and skin. There are also studies linking mold exposure to an increased likelihood of childhood asthma, so if you have children living in your home, it’s important to be extra diligent with mold removal.

Mold allergies are common. If you’re allergic, you can expect hay fever-like symptoms. In asthmatic people, mold sensitivity can trigger asthma attacks. Similarly, mold may cause breathing problems for those with respiratory diseases. You should also be vigilant for mold if you’re immunosuppressed.

Someone having allergies from mold in their apartment

Someone having allergies from mold in their apartment

What’s the difference between mold and mildew?

According to the EPA, mildew refers to certain types of mold or fungus, but it’s often used as a catch-all term. The science gets a bit technical, but here’s a simple way to think of it:

  • Mold: Mold thrives on organic (high cellulose) materials such as cardboard, wood, drywall, upholstery (including leather) and fabrics.
  • Mildew: Mildew is found on hard surfaces such as shower walls or vinyl window frames.

Both mold and mildew grow wherever moisture is present and both can create the same health risks.

Someone cleaning mold off their shower tiles

Someone cleaning mold off their shower tiles

How dangerous is black mold?

You may have heard the phrase “toxic black mold” in the news and on social media, which makes this greenish-black splotchy mold sound particularly scary. But is it really more dangerous than other types of mold?

“Toxic black mold” is a term often used to refer to Stachybotrys chartarum. Stachybotrys belongs to a class of molds that are toxigenic, meaning they produce a toxic substance called mycotoxins.

Science hasn’t found a causal link between black mold and certain serious health issues, so Stachybotrys isn’t necessarily more dangerous than other types of molds. According to the CDC, all mold problems should be addressed quickly, especially since the presence of mold in your apartment could be a sign of a long-term moisture problem.

What to do if you find mold in your apartment

When you encounter mold in your apartment, it’s time to act quickly. Mold that’s left untreated can spread. It can also damage whatever it’s growing on.

1. Consider the source of the problem

First, consider whether whatever has caused the mold to grow is something you can manage yourself. If you find mold in your shower, for instance, the solution could be as simple as cleaning it up and then cleaning your shower more frequently. But if the mold growth is the result of a problem like water damage, you’ll need to get your property manager involved.

2. Clean up mold on hard surfaces

You can remove the mold in your apartment yourself if it’s:

  • On a hard surface (such as your shower walls)
  • Not related to moisture problems that are outside your control (such as leaks)
  • Commercial cleaning products, soap and water or a mixture of no more than one cup of household bleach to one gallon of water are all effective ways to remove mold from hard surfaces. There are also some natural ways to get rid of mold.

Never mix bleach with other household cleaners or ammonia. Doing so can create poisonous fumes. Always wear gloves and keep your room well ventilated when you use cleaning products.

Someone wearing gloves and removing mold from their window

Someone wearing gloves and removing mold from their window

3.  Clean up small mold patches on organic surfaces

According to the EPA, you can clean mold from organic surfaces yourself if the affected area is smaller than 10 square feet (about a 3×3 foot area). Cleanup techniques will vary by surface type.

Mold on fabrics and other soft surfaces may be hard to remove completely, so consider replacing the damaged item. For example, if your bathroom throw rug has significant mold growth, it makes sense to replace it with something you can wash and dry regularly.

4.  Notify your property manager of larger problems

If the mold is the result of a moisture problem or water damage that you can’t control, it’s time to get your property manager involved. They should take the underlying problems that cause mold seriously and act quickly.

It can be helpful to take photos of the mold problem and present them to your property manager. Be sure to document any conversations you have for future reference. If the problem isn’t addressed, check with your state’s landlord-tenant resources for guidance. Additionally, if there’s existing or upcoming legislation related to mold it will be cited by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

5.  Check your renters insurance policy

If structural problems beyond your control resulted in mold damage to your personal property, check with your renters insurance agency. You may have coverage that would help you get damaged items like furniture, rugs or clothing replaced.

Is mold the landlord’s responsibility?

There aren’t many laws that specifically govern a landlord’s responsibility when it comes to mold in rentals.

Some property managers require renters to sign a separate waiver or document related to mold on the premises when they move in. Make sure you review it along with your lease agreement to get a better understanding of your rights and responsibilities.

Even though there aren’t many mold-specific laws in the books, in most states your property manager is legally required to provide a habitable premises. Here are a few questions to ask yourself that will help you determine who’s responsible.

Woman concerned and looking at mold from water damage

Woman concerned and looking at mold from water damage

Did your behavior cause the mold?

If something you did resulted in mold in your apartment, then it’s your responsibility. If you’ve created excess moisture, failed to clean up and dry a spill or your cleanliness routine needs an upgrade, it will be up to you to take care of the mold problem. You could be liable for damage if you don’t.

Did your property manager’s failure to act cause the mold?

Leaky pipes, a leaky roof or poorly sealed windows are your property manager’s responsibility. If a problem with your apartment’s fixtures or structure wasn’t fixed promptly and caused mold to grow, your property manager may be liable.

How to prevent any future mold

You can often prevent mold from growing in your apartment in the first place. Here are a few tips to keep it from gaining a foothold:

  • Keep the air moving. Open windows when weather permits. Use portable or ceiling fans to keep air circulating.
  • Use ventilation fans. Always use the fan in your bathroom and above your stove to vent moisture out of your apartment.
  • Keep humidity low. Air conditioners and heaters can help control humidity. You can also use a dehumidifier if necessary.
  • Clean up any moisture problems quickly. If something like a spill or an open window during a rainstorm drenched part of your apartment, use fans and ventilation to dry everything thoroughly.
  • Use mold-killing cleaners and clean regularly. Keeping your bathroom clean and dry is the best way to prevent mildew growth.
  • Don’t store wet towels or clothing. Hang damp items up to dry before putting them into a hamper.

As worrisome as mold seems, in most cases, it’s possible to avoid mold growth. When searching for a new place, be sure to read apartment reviews to find the perfect rental and avoid any problematic properties. Before you move into a new apartment, inspect it carefully for signs of damage that could lead to mold.

Once you’re moved into a new place, keep it well maintained. A clean, dry and well-ventilated apartment is usually a mold-free apartment.


The Best Cities for Fall Allergies in 2021

If you suffer from seasonal allergies in the fall, living in these cities will bring you relief.

Living with seasonal allergies is a cross that many of us have to bear. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergic reactions to pollen from trees and plants throughout the year.

The spring and early summer are usually thought of as the worst time for seasonal allergies. This is because of the abundance of tree pollen from the many different types of trees that are in bloom. Other plants and weeds are also blooming, causing an overload of pollen release.

Different cities, regions and parts of the country also may have worse allergies depending on local flora. But fall is actually also a bad time for dealing with seasonal allergies.

What are the worst fall allergies?

Ragweed is the top culprit for fall allergies. These flowering North American plants are a member of the daisy family. A single plant can produce billions of dry pollen grains, whose small size allows them to be blown hundreds of miles away. So even if ragweed isn’t that common in your city or area, you can still suffer from ragweed allergies. Ragweed is most common in the Midwest, South and North regions of the country.

Along with ragweed, there are many other plants that can cause fall allergies. These include sagebrush, lamb’s-quarters, cocklebur, Russian thistle and pigweed.

The best places to live with allergies in the fall

If ragweed or other pollen-producing plants and trees are the sources of your fall allergies, you may want to live in a part of the country where they’re not as common. Since ragweed is the worst offender for fall allergies, it’s no surprise that most of these cities are on the West Coast.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ran the numbers and found the cities where fall allergies are the best — and worst. Here are the top 10 best places to live with allergies in the fall.

10. Fresno, CA

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fresno ca

The city of Fresno is located in California’s bountiful San Joaquin Valley. Situated in the central region of the state, the San Joaquin Valley and Fresno is one of the United States’ most important agricultural areas. Fresno is surrounded by farmland, which primarily produces citrus fruits like oranges and nuts like almonds.

With such a high amount of agricultural trees and plants, irritating tree pollen is kept low. This makes Fresno a top choice for people who suffer from tree pollen allergies. There are sometimes air pollution issues, which can be an issue for asthma sufferers.

9. San Francisco, CA

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san francisco ca

The breezy City by the Bay is good for many things, like art, tech and culture. But it’s also a great place to live with fall allergies.

San Francisco typically has its worst allergy seasons at the beginning of the year. This starts in January with some local trees like mulberry and olive and bushes. Grass pollen starts spiking during the spring. Then summer brings on weed pollen. But fall has a far lower pollen count.

8. Sacramento, CA

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sacramento ca

California’s capital city offers fall allergy sufferers a respite. Allergy season from grass hits hardest in the spring and early summer here. So autumn is a welcome break from sneezing and weepy eyes.

The allergy season here is similar to Fresno because Sacramento is located in an agriculturally rich area. Lots of vegetables, citrus and nuts come from the Central Valley, so there are fewer allergy-causing plants and trees around.

7. Portland, OR

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Portland does have a troublesome spring allergy season. This is particularly due to grass pollen, which explodes in the spring and sweeps in on the wind from the Willamette Valley.

But fall brings a blissfully low pollen count, making it one of our top places to live with allergies. With little grass and tree pollen, you can enjoy the cozy fall season Pacific Northwest-style, with lots of rain, coffee and cloudy forest vistas.

6. Salt Lake City, UT

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salt lake city ut

There are several geographic factors that contribute to Salt Lake City having a low pollen count.

Sitting at 4,226 feet above sea level, the elevation in Sky City creates dry air. Humid air allows pollen particles to travel and drift around for longer. But dry air prevents the pollen from staying airborne for long periods of time.

The long, cold winters also make for a short growing season. So plants have less time to flower and therefore less pollen to produce. All these factors combine to make Salt Lake City a great spot to flee seasonal fall allergies.

5. San Jose, CA

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san jose ca

The Silicon Valley hub of San Jose is not just great for entrepreneurs and tech lovers. It’s also great for people looking for relief from ragweed and other fall allergen producers.

There are tree pollen seasons at the beginning of the year and throughout the spring. But for the most part, fall is free of bad seasonal allergies. There is grass and weed pollen from spring to early fall, but the levels can widely vary and the pollen count is generally down at a manageable level.

4. Provo, UT



Along with Salt Lake City, Provo is another example of how Utah is a safe haven from fall allergies. The city similarly sits at a high elevation of 4,551 feet above sea level. The dry air at a higher altitude prevents airborne pollen from traveling far or staying aloft for extended periods of time.

It’s only about a 45-minute drive to Salt Lake City, so the weather and climate are roughly the same. This keeps the flowering season short for less pollen.

3. Stockton, CA

stockton ca

stockton ca

Stockton is located in California’s San Joaquin and Central valleys. Similar to other Central Valley cities like Sacramento and Fresno, Stockton reaps the benefits of agricultural surroundings, hot summers and mild winters.

Spring allergies from grass and trees are an issue here during the spring. But come fall, as the cooler air and cold weather moves in, pollen counts drop way down. That’s why Stockton ranks third in the best places to live with fall allergies.

2. Seattle, WA

seattle wa

seattle wa

Seattle comes in as the second-best place to live with fall allergies. The long, wet winters and mild summers keep pollen down during the fall. The spring bloom does bring some itchy eyes and runny noses from trees like cedar, ash and oak, as well as grass and weeds.

But typically by September, plants are done releasing pollen. And the oncoming fall rains regularly cleanse the air of irritating pollen grains. So if you enjoy fresh, rain-washed air and an abundance of greenery without the nasty allergy side effects, head to the Emerald City.

1. Durham, NC

durham nc

durham nc

The No. 1 slot for the best places to live with fall allergies is a bit of a surprise. It’s the only city on the list that’s not along the West Coast. Also, as ragweed is very prolific in the South, it’s right smack-dab in the middle of Ragweed Country. And yet, it’s ranked by The Asthma and Allergy Foundation as the best city for escaping fall allergies. It’s Durham.

In addition to ragweed, local trees birch, sweet gum and oak trees are also the source of autumnal allergy sorrow. But there are several reasons that Durham fares better than other parts of North Carolina when it comes to allergies.

Firstly, it rains an average of 46 inches per year. This is over the national average of 38 inches a year. This regularly washes yellow pollen out of the air and therefore out of your lungs.

Secondly, Durham and the overall Research Triangle area is a renowned center for healthcare and medicine. So there are plenty of doctors and allergists who are at the top of their field who can help individuals find any allergy relief they need. Durham is even known as the City of Medicine.

How to relieve fall allergy symptoms

If you don’t live in these low pollen count areas or are still suffering from fall allergies, there are still steps you can take to alleviate your symptoms. Fall is a time for being outdoors, enjoying the changing colors, pumpkin patches and other seasonal festivities. The last thing you need is to deal with runny eyes and sniffles.

Here are some ways you can prepare yourself for pollen spikes, as well as outfit your apartment or home to best deal with seasonal allergies.

  • Keep track of daily and weekly pollen counts by following local news and checking local weather.
  • Avoid going outside in the early morning or when it’s windy, as that’s when pollen counts are usually highest or being blown around the most.
  • Wear a mask on high pollen count days.
  • Keep all doors and windows closed to prevent pollen from blowing in and settling around your home.
  • Keep your home clean and dust-free during allergy season.
  • If applicable, use an air filter. HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters are the best options for stopping those small pollen grains.
  • Use over-the-counter medication for short-term relief.
  • When coming home, remove your shoes and change clothes to prevent bringing pollen in. Put them in a dirty clothes hamper and change into a fresh outfit.
  • If the pollen count is very high that day, consider taking a shower as well.
  • Use a neti pot or squeeze bottle to rinse out your sinuses and flush out any pollen.
  • If you are still suffering, talk with your doctor about other possible treatments or solutions for allergy relief.

Don’t let fall allergies get you down

When you suffer from seasonal allergies, it can feel like a losing battle against nature. You might feel resigned to having to suffer from allergies each year. But there are plenty of possibilities for relief. And if all else fails, talk with your doctor about your options.


How To Get an Eviction Off Your Record: 6 Steps

Having an eviction on your record can make the idea of renting again seem out of reach. Fortunately, with a little effort, it’s possible to have an eviction removed.

If you’ve ever been evicted, looking for a new place to live can be intimidating. You may wonder how to get an eviction off your record, or whether it’s even possible to have an eviction expunged.

The good news is that while renting after an eviction is challenging, it’s not impossible. When you need a place to live but you have an eviction on your record, knowing where you stand and what information appears on your rental history can help you correct inaccuracies or even remove the eviction altogether.

How to find out if you have an eviction on record

Eviction is a legal process a property manager can use to remove a tenant. The process creates a public record of the eviction. There are two places you can check to find if you have an eviction on your record: a tenant screening report and your credit report.

There are a variety of reasons people get evicted, but no matter why you were evicted, the record of your eviction will appear on tenant screening reports and background checks. You can request a copy of your report from a tenant screening agency. If you’re apartment hunting, ask the property manager what screening agency they use and start there.

Young couple going through their paperwork together at home and trying to get an eviction off their record

Young couple going through their paperwork together at home and trying to get an eviction off their record

Your credit report is different from a tenant screening report. Credit bureaus collect information on your debts and payment history. So let’s bust a common myth: the public record of your eviction won’t appear on your credit report. But if you were evicted for non-payment of rent or fees and you have outstanding debt, the property manager may turn your debt over to a collection agency. Collections activity will show up on your credit report within 30 to 60 days. You can request a free credit report from all three nationwide credit reporting agencies once every 12 months, so be sure to check yours regularly to keep track of your credit activity.

If you’ve been rejected for a rental due to an adverse action on your credit report or renter screening report, the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the property manager to let you know what negative action appeared on your report and provide the contact information for the reporting agency. If you’ve been turned down because of something that appeared on a company’s report, whether it’s a credit bureau or a tenant screening agency, you’re legally entitled to a free report from them.

How to get an eviction off your record

Getting an eviction off your record isn’t an easy feat. But getting your record cleared will open more doors — literally!

1. If you believe you were wrongfully evicted, take it to court

Eviction laws vary by state, so check with the agency that governs renter’s rights in your state by searching “landlord tenant laws.” Let’s say your property manager didn’t follow proper eviction procedures, or you can prove that you didn’t violate the terms of your lease agreement. You may be able to petition the court to remove the eviction from your public record. The legal aid organization in your area may be able to help with your case if your income is below a certain threshold.

Lawyer working with client on how to get an eviction off their record

Lawyer working with client on how to get an eviction off their record

2. Pay (or settle) your rental debts

If you have legitimate outstanding balances related to your eviction, pay them. If you’re unable to pay the entire amount, try negotiating with the property manager or collection agency. They may be willing to settle the debt for less than the amount owed or work with you to set up a payment plan.

3. Ask to have collections removed from your credit report

Even after you’ve paid or settled a debt, the collection activity may remain on your credit report. When you make payment in full or negotiate a settlement, ask the collection agency or property manager to request removal of the collection from your credit report. Be sure to get this agreement in writing. If the collection isn’t removed, the documentation will be helpful in filing a dispute with the credit bureau.

4. Ask to have the eviction removed from tenant-screening reports

You can also ask the property manager to request that your eviction record be removed from tenant screening reports as a condition of your payment in full or settlement. Get this agreement in writing, too.

5. Make sure negative actions have been removed

After you’ve completed the steps to remove an eviction from your record, verify that the items related to the eviction have been removed from your credit report and tenant screening report. If you find inaccuracies, move on to step six.

6. Dispute errors with the credit bureaus and tenant-screening agencies

If you believe there are inaccuracies related to eviction on your credit report, look into the procedure for filing a dispute with the credit bureau. You can also contact tenant-screening companies directly to dispute errors. Be prepared to show proof that the report is inaccurate. That includes any written documents you asked for when you paid your rental debt or agreed on a settlement.

How long do evictions stay on your record?

Evictions and judgments can stay on your public record for seven years or more. Although these public records are no longer included in credit reports, they do show up in background checks and tenant screening reports.

How many points does an eviction drop your credit score?

Evictions alone do not drop your credit score, but collections related to your eviction do. The number of points your score drops depends on various factors that are unique to you and your credit history. Someone with a good credit history may see their score plummet by 50 points or more if they get evicted, but the resulting impact may not be as dramatic for a person who already has a low credit score.

Someone holding a phone and looking at their bad credit score

Someone holding a phone and looking at their bad credit score

Although collections mean serious negative repercussions for your credit score, the older the information, the lower the impact. Collections carry the most weight for the first two years after they’ve been added to your report.

How to rent with an eviction on your record

Renting after you’ve been evicted can pose some real challenges. Almost all property managers rely on screening to decide whether a potential renter is a good risk, and a prior eviction raises a red flag. If you weren’t able to clear an eviction from your record, these tips can make renting after an eviction easier.

  • Stay up-to-date on your credit score and work to improve it. Even if an eviction appears on your tenant screening report, having a credit report that shows a positive payment trajectory can help soften the blow.
  • Prepare to explain the eviction and be truthful. Knowing an eviction is part of your public rental history can help you prepare to explain your side of the story openly and honestly. Share any steps you’ve taken to make sure you’ll keep your rental history clear in the future.
  • Gather references. Although eviction is a serious blip on your record, it can be helpful to have people who will vouch for you and your ability to meet your obligations. Offer more references than the property manager asks for.=
  • Create a renter resume. Outline your background, employment history, income and references to give the property manager a picture of who you are and why you’d be an ideal tenant.
  • Consider renting from a private party. Apartment complexes and rental agencies have certain guidelines and restrictions that often prevent them from renting to someone with a past eviction. Individual property owners may be more flexible. (Pro tip: You can filter your search to look for houses, which are more likely to be privately owned.)
  • Work with an apartment locator or rental realtor. Professionals who help potential tenants find apartments are better prepared to help you navigate a challenging rental landscape.
  • Offer to pay a higher deposit. If you’re financially able, offer to pay an extra two or three month’s rent up-front. This shows the property manager you’re serious about making your payments.
  • Get a co-signer. Having someone with a good credit history co-sign for you could make a rental more obtainable. But keep in mind that if you’re unable to pay your rent at any point, your co-signer will have to.

Attractive young couple moving house

Attractive young couple moving house

Avoid eviction if you’re able

Do your best to avoid eviction in the first place by being proactive and working with your property manager. But if you’ve already faced that stressful situation, knowing how to get an eviction off your record can empower you. It will take some effort, but in the end, you’ll be ready to find the perfect place to live.


The Best Beaches in Chicago for Apartment Renters

The beach scene in Chicago offers something for everyone, from spots for beach sports to places where you can just chill with your friends.

Chicago has more than two dozen beaches and all of them feature spectacular skyline views, are easily accessible and are free to enjoy. Beach season officially begins the Friday before Memorial Day and continues through Labor Day, and swimming is permitted when lifeguards are on duty.

Like each of Chicago’s neighborhoods, each beach has its own personality and attractions, both on the beach and nearby. Since the lakefront trail runs 18 miles along Lake Michigan, it’s not difficult to get to many beaches by bike or public transportation.

For those driving, it’s worth checking out where to park since it can and does get crowded at some beaches as the temperature rises. While several beaches and parks still have access to free parking, some have newly installed paid parking meters.

Regardless of how you get there, it’s nice to know it’s easy to swim or paddleboard in Lake Michigan during the summer months or lounge along its sandy shoreline year-round.

Here are 10 of the best beaches in Chicago to enjoy any time of the year.

1. North Avenue Beach

north avenue beach in chicago

north avenue beach in chicago

Photo courtesy of Choose Chicago / City of Chicago

North Avenue Beach is located at 1600 North Lake Shore Drive to Diversey Harbor in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and since it’s so busy and popular, it has the largest lifeguard staff.

The beach hosts amateur and professional beach volleyball tournaments throughout the summer making it particularly fun and crowded during games. The annual Chicago Air and Water Show attracts more than a million people each weekend day so expect to come early to find a spot to lay your towel on the beach. There are a ton of restaurants in Lincoln Park so grab some food beforehand.

Parking can be a challenge in this area so it’s best to take public transportation and walk to your spot.

2. Oak Street Beach

oak street beach in chicago

oak street beach in chicago

Photo courtesy of Choose Chicago / City of Chicago

Oak Street Beach is a “see and be seen” kind of beach mixed with locals who really don’t care about the scene. Oak Street Beach is close to downtown and part of the Gold Coast.

Grab a sandwich or salad at Whispers at Oak Street Beach, a restaurant and beach bar located right on the beach. There is no on-site parking at this beach although there are some parking garages within walking distance. (Tip: Take the bus or Red Line instead.).

3. Foster Avenue Beach

foster avenue beach in chicago

foster avenue beach in chicago

Photo source: Facebook / CAC Triathlon Club

Foster Avenue Beach is at 5200 North Lake Shore Dr. and most of the visitors are in or near the Andersonville and Edgewater neighborhoods.

Both nearby neighborhoods have fantastic food options to grab something to eat before you get to the beach. Otherwise, there are some food concessions at the beach as well as the ability to rent a bike. If you drive, expect to pay a parking meter.

4. Loyola Beach

loyola beach in chicago

loyola beach in chicago

Photo source: Facebook / Kimberlee Manns

Miles away from the busy beaches closer to the city center is the quieter and more easy-going Loyola Beach. Families, students attending Loyola University and local Rogers Park residents come for the calm and shallow water and nearby children’s playground.

The beach is part of a large park which includes opportunities to enjoy other activities since it has a baseball and softball field, basketball court and tennis courts. On the north end of Loyola Beach is Leone Beach, which allows access to the Lake Michigan Water Trail for kayaking and canoeing.

5. Montrose Avenue Beach

montrose avenue beach in chicago

montrose avenue beach in chicago

Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes

The largest beach in Chicago, Montrose Beach even includes a fenced-off section for dogs to enjoy as one of the few places in the city where dogs can be off-leash. Located at 4400 N. Lake Shore Dr., there is plenty of room for families and friends to sprawl with their umbrellas, chairs and towels.

Montrose Beach is the only beach that allows kite flying. One of the few places in the city with free parking, the area also has a grassy area where people can grill and picnic.

6. 12th Street Beach

12th street beach in chicago

12th street beach in chicago

Photo source: Facebook / Kim Cobb Harrison

Right at the edge of Northerly Island Park and located within the Museum Campus next to the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium is 12th Street Beach.

Del Campo’s offers Mexican fare and hot dogs and a beach house includes restrooms. Street metered parking can be hard to come by in the area since it’s near so many major attractions but there is a parking lot with a pay gate nearby. The 146 Inner Drive bus takes you there.

7. Rainbow Beach

rainbow beach in chicago

rainbow beach in chicago

Photo source: Facebook / Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council

Swim, canoe, paddleboard and more at Rainbow Beach and Park. There is a fitness center, handball courts and one of the oldest community gardens at this South Side beach located at 75th Street and Lake Michigan.

Metered parking is available for those who drive to this beach and park.

8. Kathy Osterman Beach (Hollywood Beach)

kathy osterman beach in chicago

kathy osterman beach in chicago

Photo source: Facebook / Victor Lagos

Locals refer to Kathy Osterman Beach as Hollywood Beach since it’s located near Hollywood Avenue at 4600 N. Lake Shore Dr. in Edgewater. The southern end of the beach is LGBTQ-friendly and the calm and shallow waters attract families with young children on the northern end. It’s also popular among those who like to paddleboard and play volleyball.

Street parking near the beach is very limited since there are a lot of high-rise apartments and condos but the Bryn Mawr Red Line and several bus routes stop within walking distance.

9. 57th Street Beach

57th street beach in chicago

57th street beach in chicago

Photo courtesy of Choose Chicago / City of Chicago

Located at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive in Jackson Park and near the Museum of Science in Industry, 57th Street Beach is family-friendly and quiet. 57th Street Grill offers hoagies, burgers and snow cones for those who didn’t pack a picnic or just want to grab something right on the beach. Access to the Lake Michigan Water Trail for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards is allowed at the north end of the beach.

There is limited street parking nearby, just west of Lake Shore Drive. A number of bus routes also service this area.

10. South Shore Beach

south shore beach in chicago

south shore beach in chicago

Photo courtesy of Chicago Park District

Located within the South Shore Cultural Center Park, the South Shore Beach has a nature sanctuary, wetland, a circular beach house with restrooms and showers and more. The 65-acre also offers residents a nine-hole golf course and tennis courts.

Washburne Culinary Institute runs the Parrot Cage Restaurant inside the cultural center but for those who want something a bit faster, the South Shore neighborhood has several restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines.

Apartment dwellers have plenty of beach options in Chicago

There is no shortage of fun to be had in the various neighborhoods throughout Chicago. From free beaches to great food and so many attractions to enjoy, the Midwest city has a lot to offer its locals.

If you’re looking for apartments for rent in Chicago, there are many options, from single-family homes to three-flats and high-rise apartment buildings.


Build-to-Rent Single-Family Homes: Who Wants Them and What They Expect

Thinking about renting a built to rent home? Here’s what you need to know.

There’s a new trend in housing construction that’s becoming more popular: build-to-rent single-family (BTRSF) homes. These properties are constructed as long-term rentals and can be owned by individual landlords or managed by companies.

More than 40 percent of renters live in single-family homes, but will there be demand for this new type of rental property, and what are renters expecting in their living accommodations? recently conducted a survey of industry experts to get to the bottom of this trend. Here are some of the highlights.

Couples with kids lead the BTRSF tenant market

BTRSF typical family profile graphic

BTRSF typical family profile graphic

Forty-four percent of the experts interviewed agreed that couples with children are most likely to choose a BTRSF home. This makes a lot of sense because in most cases, a single-family home will have more space (inside and out) and privacy than a condo or other multi-family building.

For the 60 percent of Americans that cannot afford the median cost of a single-family home, renting is a more realistic option. Brad Hunter, President of Hunter Housing Economics, agrees, but also clarifies that there are some renters who rent due to personal preference. According to Hunter, there are two groups: those that cannot afford a home and those who choose to rent above homeownership. Regardless of the reason for someone choosing to rent, having alternative access to single-family homes is appealing to many.

Material prices could affect renters

Since the majority of BTRSF homes are wood-framed, the record-high lumber prices that have been plaguing the country over the past year have strong potential to impact future BTRSF home prices.

There is some optimism on the horizon as lumber prices have begun a slow retreat from previous highs. However, this concern is also shared about other building materials.

An open floor plan is the most popular layout

BTRSF floor plan wants

BTRSF floor plan wants

Open floor plans have been the most popular choice by buyers and renters alike in recent years so it is not unexpected that an overwhelming majority of experts (87 percent) feel the BTRSF homes will incorporate an open floor plan into their design moving forward.

An added bonus for renters is that open floor plans often allow more options when it comes to furniture. This enables renters to design the home’s interior for their own needs with furniture placement (vs. structural changes) as there are often more restrictions in making physical changes to a home for renters than an owner may encounter.

Finally, since BTRSF homes are often slightly smaller structures installed on lesser sized lots, an open floor plan creating an illusion of more space.

Outdoor spaces and recreational areas are the most wanted amenities

most wanted amenities in build to rent home communities

most wanted amenities in build to rent home communities

Many BTRSF homes exist in a community setting; therefore, the experts asked not only what they thought would be most desired for the renter’s private space but also for the shared community space. The top three responses were balconies/decks/patios (37 percent), parks/recreation areas (37 percent) and landscaping/green space (31 percent).

These selections make perfect sense as the events of the last year have changed how many people want to spend their leisure time. By providing outdoor amenities, renters are likely to find something that fits their own needs in their home and community.

The pandemic’s influence on BTRSF homes is still unknown

graphic showing future demand for BTRSF

graphic showing future demand for BTRSF

The data supports this with the third quarter of 2020 boasting a 27 percent increase in single-family build-to-rent starts. However, there was a decline of 22 percent in the first quarter of 2021. This is likely why the majority of experts (53 percent) answered “Not Sure” when asked whether or not the pandemic has influenced BTRSF homes.

Keeping a close watch on future changes and conditions, especially those pertaining to materials and housing prices as well as labor shortages, will help determine whether or not the pandemic has had a big impact.

Understanding the build-to-rent single-family homes industry

The past year has driven many renters in smaller spaces to look for larger, more private, locations to call home.

Many of these homes are constructed in build-to-rent communities with shared outdoor amenities for enjoyment; however, renters are also looking for their own personal patch of the outdoors. Decks, balconies and patios are helping them to enjoy their increased time at home.

It is still too soon to know the long-term effects of the pandemic on the industry, but time will help to better understand those impacts.


How To Find a Room for Rent

Easily find a room for rent in your city, just know where to look.

If you’re relocating or just in town for a brief period, finding a room for rent vs. signing a full-year lease is probably the right move for you. You can save money and be close to where you want to live.

It’s also a good option if you have bad credit, you can still find an excellent place to live while getting your bearings. Or if you travel often, it may not be worth it to have a whole place to yourself. Whatever the reason, subletting can ease the burden on your wallet and on your mind as demand for housing is so high.

But just like any other rental situation, it’s important to stay aware of potential scams. Here’s how to safely find a room for rent in your city.

Is subletting a room for you?

Empty room for rent.

Empty room for rent.

Renting just a room is an excellent option for those that only require a spot to sleep at night or travel a lot, for example. But subletting a room for rent functions a little different than leasing an apartment directly from the complex or landlord.

When you sublet a room from someone, it’s often from the leaseholder. They list an extra room for rent, usually a roommate set up with your bathroom. Agreements are often month-to-month to allow for flexibility of terms.

While some agreements are verbal, it’s essential to get things in writing, as many scams will use this method to steal security deposits or rent payments. Some units will require first and last-month payments plus a security deposit. However, most don’t since the leaseholder already covered those payments under the master lease.

Take into consideration your privacy as you will be sharing communal areas with others in a roommate setup. Think about your must-haves like private bathroom, furnished or unfurnished; how many roommates are you comfortable with; whether it’s pet-friendly and other factors to make your search seamless.

Get all details in writing

Welcome home note with keys.

Welcome home note with keys.

Decide how long you want the terms to last. Many of those interested in room renting are there short-term until they save up enough to find a one-bedroom apartment or build up their credit.

Often your prospective roommate will just do a handshake agreement but offer a sublease agreement if they don’t. A sublease agreement is similar to a standard lease but signed by you, the sublessor, and the actual landlord. This provides complete transparency to the landlord, too.

Often complexes don’t allow subleases, and you could face unexpected eviction. This agreement will also cover you for any damages that occurred before your arrival. You will also have rent and utility payment terms in writing along with your timeline for the room. Utilities, for example, are usually included in the rent as a flat fee.

Understand your tenant rights

The sublessee does not have as many rights as the actual tenant of the unit. This is why a sublessee agreement is necessary in these cases.

Ask the tenant to show you the master lease before agreeing to anything. It’s essential to confirm that both the landlord and existing roommates are OK with this arrangement. For example, even if your agreement says you can sue the landlord, the courts often go by the master lease. If the master lease says you can’t, that’s the final word.

Know if you’re considered a tenant or a boarder in your state. Georgia, for example, considers a tenant the person who pays rent; a boarder is someone who pays a fee for the right to use a room for a short period. If you’re considered a boarder, you have minimal protection by the law.

If you pay weekly, the tenant only needs to give you a one-week notice to leave the premises. If the boarder has violated any rules, they can face eviction immediately with no warning.

Your rights will depend exclusively on your location and the type of written agreement with the sublessor.

Use social media to find a trustworthy match

Woman on her phone looking at social media.

Woman on her phone looking at social media.

The best way to find a room for you is by reaching out to friends, co-workers and family first. Anyone referred by someone you know adds an extra layer of safety. Post on Facebook and Instagram with your must-haves and have them reach out.

As any other roommate match, make sure that you talk about habits and work schedules to ensure that you’ll both thrive in this sublease. If you have a pet, agree to terms and pet rent, if needed.

Always look at the room before you sign anything or transfer any money. Room renters are easy subjects for scams as you rely on a third party for all terms but always trust your intuition. Pay attention to pricing and make sure it’s on par with the neighborhood.

Once you have tapped into your network, start by searching on for rooms for rent. Craigslist may lead to some gems but beware of scams. University housing forums and startups like PadSplit offer rooms for rent as well.

You can view rooms for rent in the top 10 rental markets below:

Find a room for rent

Finding a room for rent is stressful. No matter your circumstances. But if you tap into your network through work and social media, you can find a good, trustworthy fit that allows you to save money and have a spot to crash.

Just make sure, as with any other financial exchange, that you protect yourself with an agreement, keep payment receipts and do a gut check. It’s always best to double-check everything.


Your Complete Buckman, Portland Neighborhood Guide

When they say keep Portland weird, the Buckman neighborhood proudly answers the call.

The Buckman neighborhood ranges from the rustic charm of the industrial district’s railyards and warehouses to hip shopping, dining and nightlife options on the main thoroughfares of Hawthorne, Belmont, and Burnside and quaint, tree-lined residential roads in between.

There’s a lot to love about this neighborhood. Buckman offers a mix of modern, upscale apartments as well as enchanting, historic buildings over a century old. From bustling food cart pods and breweries to quiet coffee shops and picture-perfect streets for strolling and biking, there are endless options for entertainment.

Where is the Buckman neighborhood in Portland?

Buckman is in inner southeast Portland. Its western border is the Willamette River. Buckman contains everything between the lateral boundaries of East Burnside Street to the north and SE Hawthorne Boulevard to the south. Its eastern border is SE 28th Avenue.

The area ZIP Code is 97214, which extends a bit further beyond Buckman east to SE 42nd Avenue and south to SE Division Street.

buckman portland

buckman portland


Buckman’s central location makes it easy to explore on foot, but what about commuting via bike or public transit? How much does it cost to live in such a convenient location? There’s a lot to ponder when considering each of Portland’s unique neighborhoods. Here’s the rundown on Buckman:

  • Studio average rent: $1,491
  • One-bedroom average rent: $1,844
  • Two-bedroom average rent: $2,758
  • Walk score: 93
  • Bike score: 96
  • Transit score: 63

Living in Buckman

Becoming a resident of the Buckman neighborhood means being in the heart of Portland’s eccentric eastside. Shopping, dining and entertainment are easily accessible. Yet charming, tree-lined residential streets bordered by beautiful, historic homes and peaceful parks are never far, either.

Walking and biking

Fortunately, Buckman is a paradise for pedestrians and pedalers alike. Enjoy strolling the sidewalks of the busier business districts while doing some window shopping and taking in the tantalizing smells wafting from the doorways of the many restaurants along the way, or pop over to the shady backstreets for a more peaceful pace.

The main thoroughfares all have wide bike lanes with plenty of signage for cyclists. But Buckman also offers beautiful neighborhood greenways that are great for biking. These quiet, slow streets prioritize travel by foot or bike with traffic diversion tactics making it a safer, faster way to get where you’re going. If you’re headed east or west, hop on SE Salmon or Ankeny Street. Also, 16th or 29th Ave are great options that make this one of the most bikeable neighborhoods in the city.

Public transportation

Though the walking and biking in Buckman are some of the best around, public transportation doesn’t rank quite as highly, mainly because there is no MAX Light Rail line that directly services this area. However, each of the main thoroughfares has a dedicated TriMet bus route with frequent stops. You can take the TriMet bus across one of three bridges into downtown, where you can grab a MAX, bus or streetcar to anywhere in the Portland Metro area.

While there is ample, free street parking in the Buckman neighborhood — you may want to brush up on your parallel parking skills. The close-in location offers easy access to I-5, I-84 and Route 26 for car commuting and road-tripping, but expect plenty of traffic here.


Buckman is a veritable playground for adults, but it’s also a great place for kids to grow up. Craftsman-style homes, peaceful residential streets, and pristine parks attract many families, along with high-ranking schools including Buckman Elementary and Hosford Middle School.


Luckily, from a safety standpoint, you can feel at ease living in Buckman.

Local forums and third-party reviewers regard the neighborhood as a fairly safe place, with violent crimes ranking lower than the national average. Unfortunately, theft is an issue in many parts of Portland. Avoid leaving valuables in your car and store your bike indoors or invest in a reliable lock.

Park in Portland.

Park in Portland.

Photo source: Friends of Colonel Summers Park / Facebook


If you’re looking for a place to unwind, Buckman has some idyllic parks and outdoor spaces to enjoy. Bring a blanket and a book and spend a sunny afternoon in Colonel Summers Park, get your game on or run the track at Buckman Field Park, take your pup to socialize at Washington High Dog Park or take in the view of the waterfront at the Eastbank Esplanade. Fortunately, fresh air is aplenty here.


Ultimately, when it’s time to eat, Buckman has a long list of incredible dining options. Try a bite of everything at popular food cart pods like Cartopia or Hawthorne Asylum, start your day at one of the city’s most popular brunch spots, Jam on Hawthorne, or expand your cultural horizons at critically acclaimed restaurants like the Russian phenom, Kachka, or the famed French eatery Le Pigeon.

Looking for a place to grab a drink? Revolution Hall’s rooftop bar offers some of the best views in town. Also, the expansive patio at RonToms is a great place to meet up for a cocktail. Lastly, if you’re hankering for some hops, Modern Times, Away Days, Rogue and Cascade breweries are all within reach.

10 things to do in Buckman

There are so many fun things to do in Buckman that your house plants might start to miss you. Here are some awesome ideas to help you explore the neighborhood:

  1. Take a scenic stroll among the tombstones at the historic Lone Fir Cemetery, open to the public year-round.
  2. Shop small and celebrate local food, culture, music, drinks and retail at the Portland Night Market.
  3. Spend a side-splitting evening at Helium Comedy Club.
  4. Embrace the nostalgia of retro gaming at Electric Castle’s Wunderland arcade.
  5. Expand your music collection with awesome record stores like Tomorrow Records and Landfill Records in your backyard.
  6. Dance your heart out at nightclubs like Holocene and White Owl Social Club.
  7. Rock out to a concert at the school-turned-venue, Revolution Hall, or the futuristic, underground log cabin Doug Fir Lounge.
  8. Become a regular at beloved dive bars like Roadside Attraction, My Father’s Place, Loyal Legion, Hawthorne Hideaway and The Vern.
  9. Enjoy a movie on a rainy day in one of the vintage neighborhood theaters, Cinemagic and Laurelhurst Theater.
  10. Let your creative side run wild at Nucleus Gallery’s drink & draw events.

Finding an apartment in Buckman

Live your best life and enjoy peak Portland in beautiful Buckman! Take a look at what apartments are available in the Buckman neighborhood, or expand your search to include other apartments for rent and homes for sale in Portland.

Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and’s multifamily rental property inventory. We pulled our data in June 2021, and it goes back for one year. Our team uses a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.


What is a Furnished Apartment?

Furnished apartments are apartments that come with basic furniture, appliances and some decor and are a great option for people who want a move-in ready place.

Starting to look for a new place to call home is an exciting and difficult task. There are so many things to take into consideration — things like location, apartment layout and if you want the place furnished or not.

You might be wondering what is a furnished apartment? How much do they cost? Do they really come with everything you need? As you’re pondering whether or not to rent a furnished apartment, here are some things to know before making your decision.

What is a furnished apartment?

Furnished apartments come ready with the basic and necessary furniture and equipment you might need to make a house a home. However, there are a couple of different types of furnished apartments to know about. These are:

  • Turnkey housing: Turnkey housing is move-in ready. It requires minimal, if any, updates.
  • Fully furnished: Fully furnished housing usually provides all of the furniture and appliances you’d need to make a home livable.
  • Furnished: Furnished apartments provide the basic pieces of furniture and some additional items that are either decorative or practical.
  • Semi-furnished: These types of apartments provide the most simple pieces of furniture and/or appliances. You’ll very likely need to supply more of your own furniture and appliances to make it a liveable space.

Because different categories don’t have exactly clear lines when it comes to which is which, it’s best to ask the landlord exactly what comes with the apartment before signing the lease.

What do you get in a furnished apartment?

While each apartment will vary slightly, there are the basics of what should come with any furnished apartment. Here are some of the items that you can expect in each room.

Living room.

Living room

Whether you rent a studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment, there will be a space designated for the living room. In a furnished living room, you can expect to find some or all of the following pieces of furniture.

Fully furnished living room

A fully furnished living room should come with a couch, coffee table, end tables, some basic decor and maybe a few paintings. You may also find bookcases, entertainment centers or a desk.

Depending on how generous the landlord is or how much you’re paying, there might be a few extra touches like blankets, house plants or things that would make the space warmer and cozier, too.

Furnished living room

A furnished living room will come with the basics like a couch, coffee table, end tables and possibly some lamps.

Semi-furnished living room

A semi-furnished living room will come with a couple of chairs and possibly a small table.



No matter where you rent, there will be a shower, sink and toilet. But, you may get extra furnishings in a furnished bathroom if you go that route. Here’s what you’ll find in each:

Fully furnished bathroom

A fully furnished bathroom will almost always include a shower curtain, toothbrush holders, tissue covers, bath mats and a trash can.

Furnished bathroom

A furnished bathroom includes a shower curtain, a trash can and sometimes bath mats.

Semi-furnished bathroom

A semi-furnished apartment usually only includes a shower curtain.

Small kitchen.


We all gotta eat, right? Most apartments provide the bare minimum in a kitchen, but you may get extra perks in a furnished kitchen. Here’s what you can expect:

Fully furnished kitchen

Fully furnished kitchens come with a fridge, stove, microwave, toaster and dishwasher; however, they also often have other appliances such as coffee makers and blenders.

The kitchen might also come with dishes, pots and pans, silverware, towels, measuring cups and peelers. A full furnished kitchen apartment is a great option if you don’t own your own kitchen appliances.

Furnished kitchen

Furnished kitchen apartments will come with a fridge, stove and microwave but they don’t always include a dishwasher. You might also find some appliances listed above but it’s not always guaranteed.

Semi-furnished kitchen

Semi-furnished kitchens mostly just come with a fridge, stove and sometimes a microwave.



At the end of the day, you need a place to kick back and get some sleep. So, what can you expect in a furnished bedroom when it comes to furniture? Check it out.

Fully furnished bedroom

The bedroom of a fully furnished apartment usually comes with a bed, nightstands, lamps and a dresser. In a fully furnished apartment bedroom, you might also get things such as extra sheets, pillows and some decor on the walls.

Furnished bedroom

In a furnished bedroom, you’ll have a bed, nightstand and dresser. Some of the time they’ll come with lamps and extra sheets.

Semi-furnished bedroom

A bed and dresser will most likely go in a semi-furnished apartment. However, in some cases, there may not be a mattress or box springs — so you’ll need to bring those on your own.


Pros of renting a furnished apartment

Like anything, renting a furnished apartment has pros and cons. These are some things you should take the time to consider before renting one.

  • You can save money on furniture: One of the most obvious pros to renting furnished places is you don’t have to spend the money on furniture of your own
  • They’re good for short-term rentals: If you’re someone who doesn’t like to stay in one place for a long time, furnished apartments might be just for you. They make it easy when you just want to get up and go, as you don’t have to move any big furniture or find places to store your belongings.
  • Easy to move: Not having to spend money on movers is another pro to renting a furnished apartment. Not having to move big items with you makes moving to and from locations a breeze.
  • Save time: If you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to go shopping for furniture, then having a pre-furnished apartment is great for you. It takes all the fuss out of decorating and saves you time.

Furnished apartment.

Cons of renting a furnished apartment

With all the pros of a furnished apartment, there are also some downsides to consider before making your final decision.

  • Higher rent: Because the apartment comes furnished the monthly rent is often higher. If you’re looking at renting long-term, then renting an unfurnished place and investing in your own furniture might be the best idea for you.
  • Damages: While no one wants to spill on their own couches, they especially don’t want to spill on couches in a furnished apartment. Spills or damages to the furniture could result in not getting your security deposit back.
  • Not your taste: When you get a furnished place, what you get is what you get. If you’re someone who wants to make the space their own then starting with a blank apartment is something to consider instead of renting a place with someone else’s stylistic choices.
  • Furniture quality: Furniture quality in some apartments may not feature the latest trends. Because other people have lived there before you, there is no guarantee that the furniture isn’t ripped, dirty or getting old. Talk to your landlord about the quality before renting.

How to find a furnished apartment

Renting is a hard task for everyone, especially when deciding to rent furnished or unfurnished. Once you fully understand what a furnished apartment is, then you’ll start to have a clearer picture of what you want. Make sure to take the time and do the research before renting a furnished apartment. Check out for great furnished and unfurnished apartments.