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8 Smart Ways to Upgrade Your First Apartment

May 25, 2015
If you’re just starting out and renting your first place, you’ve probably had to compromise on some of the amenities you really wanted. But, a few simple additions can add much-needed style and functionality to even the most basic flat. Check out some of our favorites.
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Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner

You’re working late on a hot night (gotta make rent!) and dread coming home to a muggy apartment, but can’t afford to run the A/C all day. Enter Aros, a smart air conditioner that learns your cooling patterns, switches off when you’re away, turns on when you’re back — and can be controlled via app.

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Belkin WeMo

Think your little place can’t impress guests? It can once you demo the way you control your lights, coffee maker and even security cameras via app. The WeMo smart home system is ultra-slick and just as affordable: Pick your devices, and build it one switch, bulb and appliance at a time.

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Magic Chef Countertop Dishwasher

If your place didn’t come with a dishwasher — mainly because there’s no room for one — here’s your solution. This foot-and-a-half-tall machine can handle six place settings, so you can entertain without spending the whole next morning washing silverware.

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Kwikset Kevo

Maybe you want to give an extra key to a dog walker, but hate the idea of leaving keys floating around. Or when your roomie turns out to be cray-cray, you don’t want the hassle of changing locks. Kevo, a Wi-Fi-enabled lock system, offers digital keys that you can assign, activate and deactivate at will. Your phone or a key fob electronically unlocks the door.

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