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Is It Legal to Start a Business Out of Your Apartment?

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Before starting any business plans, it’s necessary to do research. A good business has a good foundation and a reliable home base. If part of your business plan is to start your business in your apartment, its legality is vital. Understanding the Legality of Starting a Business Out of Your Apartment To understand if you are legally able to have a business in your apartment, consider the following: Check Your Apartment Lease Every lease signed has its rules and regulations the tenants must adhere to while living in the building. Under these conditions, a section might talk about the legality of starting a business in the complex. If you don’t see a section talking about a business operating on the grounds, it doesn’t mean it’s legal. A business has the potential of disturbing the other tenants, and your apartment complex might not want to take the risks.To be safe, talk to the owner of the building. Conglomerates own most larger apartment complexes. If a conglomerate owns the apartments, it might be more challenging to get them to waive restrictions if there are any.It’s tempting to move forward without speaking to the building’s owners first, but do this with caution. Breaking the rules and regulations of your lease while you grow your business could hinder the progress of your business, and you risk losing your apartment. Check Zoning Laws Zoning laws are in place to separate incompatible land use such as commercial, residential, agricultural, and industrial. The system of zoning laws is in place to prevent new development from harming the existing adjacent land use.Zoning laws might prohibit a business from operating within your apartment because your complex is on residential land. Some areas can operate as both residential and commercial, known as mixed-use lands. However, if your apartment complex is not under mixed-use land, apart from getting permission from your apartment complex, you’ll need permission from the local zoning board. Check Business License and Permits Even if your business doesn’t require a license, your city or apartment complex ...


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September 26th, 2021


How to Cope with Moving on from Your Old Home

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Transitions can be challenging. Moving from a home you’ve been at for a long time, or even your whole life is bound to be a difficult process, and a big move like this can bring on homesickness, a symptom of a longing for the familiar.For most, there is a general feeling of loss for the security and predictability of their old home. For some, they might experience more severe symptoms from the transition. Anxiety, sadness, or fear can all present as a natural reaction to transitioning from a comfortable environment into an unknown. Tips for Coping after a Move Whether you experience a general feeling of loss or debilitating anxiety, being homesick is natural. Homesickness doesn’t need to define your moving experience, and you can manage by keeping a few tips in mind. Allow Yourself to be Sad Sometimes, the most challenging aspect about experiencing negative emotions is admitting that you’re feeling that way in the first place. Admitting to yourself and allowing yourself to be sad will help you eventually accept your big move. Once you accept you’re not feeling well, you can begin to help yourself and ask for help. Use the Memories of Your Old Home to Your Advantage Thinking back to what has been lost or left behind is painful, but it can also help. You loved your old home for a reason. Looking at your old memories can help you build new memories. Find the belongings from your old home that you can introduce into your new home. You might never be able to go back, but you can build a space you’ll love from those memories. Create New Routines and Transitions A new environment means adapting. To help you through your homesickness, find a new routine that fits your new home and new life. If there was a specific cafe around the corner of your old home, but there’s no cafe near you, then adjust. Create a small space in your kitchen for a coffee station. Buy yourself a home espresso machine ...


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September 5th, 2021


How Self-Storage Can Help You Prep Your Apartment for Airbnb Guests

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Preparing your home for Airbnb guests is an exciting but sometimes time-consuming process. Whether you’re planning a cross-country trip or just want additional income, renting out your apartment is a great way to earn some extra money while allowing friends and family to enjoy a comfortable environment.There’s a lot that goes into preparing your apartment for guests to stay. For your guests to have a fantastic experience, you’ll need to supply them with the necessary amenities and unique features. If you have a balcony or window ledge that shows a scenic view, accentuate the spot and make sure guests see the wonderful things that make up your beautiful home. 6 Ways to Get Your Apartment Ready for Airbnb Guests Before you let anyone stay in your apartment, there are a few things you’ll need to know and provide for your guests. In order for guests to have a relaxing and enjoyable stay, follow the below tips to ensure your apartment is at its best: Pack Away Personal Items Most people don’t want strangers to touch their precious belongings, so storing your items in a self-storage unit or outside the home is a safe and cost-effective option. Completing this step first allows you to survey your home and see what you’ll need to purchase and provide. Prepare Necessities From toilet paper to hand soaps, some items are essential to provide. Guests won’t be expected to pack all their living necessities, and you will need to provide them with those essentials. Add Some Fun Decorations Staying in an apartment with plain decorations or something out of style is not exciting or noteworthy. While you may have all the essentials, if you want your guests to have an experience rather than just sleep in your apartment, you’ll need to add some fun decor. Add Streaming Services and Wifi After a long day of exploring the area or participating in fun activities, your guests will want to come back and rest. From posting pictures or watching a movie, guests want to stay connected to ...


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August 5th, 2021


The Latest Home Décor Trends You Can Achieve by Upcycling

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As the seasons change, so do the home décor trends. While purchasing new decorations and furniture can be entertaining, these stylish items are popular and often expensive. Instead, many people are upcycling their old belongings to fit their new aesthetic. In recent years, upcycling has become more popular for creative décor ideas on a budget.The term “upcycling” refers to when a person uses old material and renovates it into their desired décor item. Whether it’s turning an old dresser into a gorgeous bookshelf or making a lamp out of a wine jug, upcycling has become a popular form of creating decorative items. Use These 3 Upcycling Items to Achieve Your Dream Home Décor There are endless possibilities of decorations you can create with simple items found around your house. However, turning them into unrecognizable stylish objects will require some hard work. Grab a paintbrush and a toolkit because we have some top decor ideas that you can upcycle from these items: Furniture If you’re in the process of incorporating a new cohesive theme into your home decor but your chairs or table don’t fit, try staining or painting them to fit colors that will accentuate the design. There are many ways you’re able to turn a piece of furniture into something creative. Here are some ideas that you can incorporate into your home: Turn old chairs into eclectic and unique pieces of dining room furniture. Use scraps or old materials for elegant shelves. Paint an old dresser for a more refined look. Not all upcycling needs to be complicated or requires tools. All you really need is to grab an old piece of furniture and some paint, and you have yourself a fun and creative project. Plant Containers This may come as a surprise to those without a green thumb, but plants can grow in anything with soil and proper nutrition. Instead of taking a trip to the store and buying expensive pots, try using some of the items listed below: Old bowls Tea kettles Shoe racks Old tea tins Apothecary jars You’re not only saving ...


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August 2nd, 2021


How to Incorporate Hygge into Your NYC Apartment Life

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You may have heard of “Hygge,” a Danish and Norwegian term for coziness, a warm atmosphere, and feelings of contentment. Pronounced “hoo-gah,” this lifestyle trend that promotes happy living and well-being has taken the world by storm. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel to Denmark or Norway to embrace the Hygge lifestyle. We have collected a list of six ways you can embrace Hygge in your own New York City apartment. 6 Tips for Making Your New York City Apartment More Hygge The primary principles of Hygge are eliminating chaos and embracing comfort, which can both be challenges when you live in a tiny apartment in “The City That Never Sleeps.” However, if you are looking to embrace this cosmopolitan lifestyle in an NYC apartment, we have a few tips you might want to try: Declutter Your Apartment Although the most emphasis for Hygge is placed on coziness, creating a feeling of comfort begins with purging the clutter and disorder. However, don’t get rid of the things you enjoy. Hygge is all about creating a happy life, and getting rid of the things that bring you joy is counterproductive. Allow yourself access to your “clutter” at any time by storing your stuff with Treasure Island Storage. Focus on Neutral Colors Hygge follows a neutral, warm color scheme of soft whites, beiges, grays, and natural woods. Choose a few shades of these colors to mix and match around your apartment to make your place feel more welcoming and encourage a sense of relaxation. Add Personal Touches Personal touches in unexpected places, such as closets and pantries, add tiny sparks of joy to otherwise mundane spaces. This could mean anything from adding removable wallpaper to your apartment cupboards to using decorative baskets to organize your craft supplies. Perfect the Lighting Hygge is all about embracing a soft, natural ambient glow. During the daytime, invite as much natural light into your home as possible. If you don’t have a lot of natural light, hang mirrors to help bounce the little light you do ...


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July 22nd, 2021


Why Storage Space Isn’t a Dealbreaker When Apartment Hunting

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Apartment hunting can be a grueling process in any city, but it is especially challenging in New York City. There are so many different neighborhoods, building types, landlords, and more. The dream is to find an apartment that caters to all of your needs and comes at an affordable price.The process can be overwhelming, but storage space shouldn’t be a dealbreaker when it comes to apartment hunting. With the help of Treasure Island Storage, you can choose the home of your dreams, regardless of storage space.We offer fair pricing, convenient locations near New York City and New Jersey, and a seamless moving process. With Treasure Island Storage on your side, storage space won’t be a dealbreaker when apartment hunting. Fair Pricing to Help You Save During Your Move It’s no secret that living expenses in New York are high. That’s why we strive to make our storage units and services as affordable as possible. Our prices depend on location and unit size. We have facilities in convenient locations such as Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey.As an example, a 5×5 unit at our Bronx location starts at $9 per month. You can trust that all of our units, regardless of size or price, are secure and climate-controlled. Your things will be safe no matter what price you pay. We are confident that even our smallest unit is valuable for storing your small items—within your budget.You can feel assured while apartment hunting that you will be able to afford a little extra space, whether it comes with your apartment or not. We Make Storage Easy So Apartment Hunting Is Easy Convenience is a huge part of choosing the right apartment in New York City, and many people move to the city to be in the middle of all the action. At Treasure Island Storage, we pride ourselves in providing convenient self-storage that complements your busy lifestyle.We work with our customers by making all parts of the moving process easier. We know that no matter ...


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April 22nd, 2021


5 Best Storage Hacks for Making Your NYC Apartment Seem Bigger

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New York City apartments are notorious for two things: costing a lot of money and being tiny. Living in the Big Apple is totally worth the lack of space, but when you’re using your oven as a closet, it can be hard to remember that sometimes.Although none of these storage hacks will add square footage to your NYC apartment, they will provide you with more room so you can better enjoy your personal space. Unfortunately, none of these tips will be able to help you out with the family of tap dancers that live above you; sorry. How to Make Your Tiny Apartment Appear Larger The good news is that the key to successful small-space living might be easier than you think. Much of it boils down to tricking the eye into perceiving more space by employing concepts such as scale, light, and movement. Likewise, making use of storage space can be a game changer. Kitchen Storage Cabinet space is hard to come by in NYC apartments, so be smart about the kitchen items you keep. Axe single-use utensils like potato-mashers and opt for multi-use cooking tools like food processors that can replace your grater, blender, and mixer. Once you’ve cut out the excess, hang hooks or magnets on your wall to utilize vertical space for things like pans, utensils, and knives. Multipurpose Furniture Murphy beds aren’t the only furniture pieces that are working double-duty. Many ottomans, benches, and coffee tables now come with hidden storage features, and when living space is a hot commodity, these are down-right essential. We don’t need our winter blankets hogging space when we’re sticky and sweaty in June, so these hidden storage pieces are great for seasonal items. Basement Storage If you’re really lucky, you may have access to storage in your building’s basement. Ask your landlord if your building offers any storage lockers or available space to store things in the basement. If so, this would be a fantastic place to keep your oversized items like bicycles and other sports equipment ...


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April 1st, 2021


7 Ways to Maximize Space in Your Tiny NYC Apartment

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From navigating the subway system to getting stuck behind a group of tourists, there’s no shortage of challenges for New York City residents. One of the most significant concerns people have when moving to the city is how small apartments actually are in the Big Apple. With a little creativity, though, you can find ways to maximize space in your tiny NYC apartment.When you just have too much stuff and not enough space in your apartment, consider renting a storage unit from Treasure Island Storage. We have locations throughout New York City and New Jersey and offer various sizes to fit your storing needs! Focus on Vertical Storage When you can’t fit typical furniture like a dresser, store clothes and other items vertically. You can install floating shelves and hooks to keep limited floor space clear while making room for your books, DVDs, coats, hats, shopping bags, shoes, and other items. In the kitchen, you can use vertical space to keep tools and spices, leaving countertops open for food prep. Invest in Multi-use Furniture Murphy beds are ideal for small bedrooms because they allow you to store the mattress against the wall when you’re not using it. Sleeper sofas are also a good use of space and provide more seating options for guests. Drop leaf tables work well for people who enjoy entertaining but don’t have enough space for a full dining room table. Instead of a regular ottoman in your living area, buy one with storage space. Use Large Pieces of Furniture This might sound counterintuitive but buying small pieces of furniture for your apartment will only make the room feel cramped. Instead, try buying a few larger pieces. It will make your space feel more open and inviting. Larger furniture also tends to have more storage capacity. Buy Wall Lights to Save Floor Space Most people like to hang art or photo frames on walls, but when space is limited, invest in wall-mounted lights. On top of being a practical use of space, it also adds ...


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February 25th, 2021


6 Tips to Effectively Work from Home in a Studio Apartment

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Living in New York City oftentimes means you live in a tiny, cramped studio apartment. With the global spread of COVID-19, more people than ever before are working from home. If you’re brand new to working from home, it may be challenging to be productive at first, so you’ll have to break some old habits to be successful.Working from home is different for everyone, though. What works for your friends and family, may not work for you. You have to figure out when and where to work and how to appropriately define a work–life balance, so here are six tips to effectively work from home in a studio apartment. Stick to Regular Hours Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you can pick and choose the times you want to work. Most employers have a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work schedule, so try to set up a routine. Get up an hour early, brew some coffee, have breakfast, or read the newspaper. That way, when 9 a.m. rolls around, you’re up and ready to start the day.While it’s easy to start your day on time, it’s harder to end on time when working from home. When the end of the workday comes around, don’t send out that last email—because next thing you know, it’s 8 p.m. Take Your Breaks Know what your company’s policies are on breaks and take them! Working all day without a break is a recipe for not being effective, and you can quickly burn out. Try setting an alarm to stand or stretch once an hour or walk around your apartment or the block for a few minutes.No matter what your breaks are, move away from your computer (and your email) to eat lunch or take a 15-minute pause. While it’s important to take breaks, it’s even more important to take them in their entirety. Don’t short-change yourself. You’ve been working hard, so reward yourself. Have a Dedicated Work Space As tempting as it may sound, working from your bed ...


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November 5th, 2020


Pros & Cons of Renting vs. Buying a Home in New York City

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If you just landed a great job in New York City, the top issue on your mind now is probably what you’re going to do for housing. In New York City, you have the option to buy a home, townhouse or condominium, or to rent an apartment. And that’s going to become your central question as you plan your move: should you rent or buy? In many cities across the United States, buying is usually a better deal than renting. In NYC, though, that decision is really going to depend on more factors, from your finances to your lifestyle choices. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of becoming either a renter or buyer once you move to the Big Apple. What Are Some Benefits of Renting in NYC? New York City is among the most expensive cities in the world for real estate. While the median price for a home in the United States is around $214,000, in Manhattan it’s over $1.3 million. The concept of the “starter home” doesn’t apply here.However, NYC has five boroughs, and prices vary quite a bit outside of Manhattan. There are up-and-coming neighborhoods that are becoming more popular — and more competitive for the best homes available. But the same is true for the rental market as well. Across the five boroughs, there are options for you to explore, so much of your decision making will focus on issues such as how far you want to be from your job, whether you want to be close to cultural attractions, and so on.One big advantage of renting is you won’t need to worry about maintenance or upkeep costs, or paying the city’s high property and real estate taxes. There are a lot of additional costs that go into buying a home, some of them unexpected, while tenants have the convenience of calling their super to fix something. Unlike owning a home, you have more flexibility as a renter. While you’re almost certainly going to sign ...


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April 15th, 2020


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