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How to Save Time (and Your Back) When Moving Out

It’s almost move-out time for many Madison area students. If packing, moving and shipping/storing a bunch of boxes sounds like torture, consider Lazybones, a company that provides a nifty alternative for people strapped for time. Perhaps in the olden days,…

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How to Sublet Your Room and Not Burn Your Roommates

It’s time we focused on those left behind when you’re subletting your room: Your poor, deserted roommate. Generally, these situations work out fine, but here are some steps to ensure the new roommate arrangement works – for the benefit of…

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16 Ways to Keep Warm in a Madison Apartment

Okay, folks, we’re into the frozen days of Wisconsin winters.  January and February are usually our most frigid months, and they may require some changes of habits and a few extra layers to keep warm. Here are 16 tips for…

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7 Ways to Deal With At-Home Weirdness Over Winter Break

If it’s your first year away from home, you’re probably looking forward to winter break.  Be forewarned, many first-year students find returning home to be uncomfortable and difficult.  Here are some tips to help you make the transition less awkward.…

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An Over-Supply of Madison Apartments…Or Not?

Madison is poised to experience an unprecedented influx of new apartment units in 2013 and 2014. According to Michael Dean, President of the Dean Realty Group, Inc., the glut of new apartments won’t cause seismic changes such as plummeting rents…

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How Do You Handle a Problem Subletter?

If you’ve already subletted your place, hopefully everything is going smoothly.  But what if you get a call from the landlord, saying neighbors are complaining about your subletter? It may come as a surprise to you, but that subletter isn’t your…

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9 Ways to Avoid Apartment Rental Scams

As free services like Craigslist make life easier for renting your apartment, they also make it easier for criminals to pull off apartment rental scams.  The scams are relatively easy to spot, provided you know some of the telltale signs…

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