Tips on a Finding a New York City Apartment

Manhattan SkylineMoving to the Big Apple can seem like a daunting task. Between the extensive transportation system, the 8-million+ population, and figuring out New York City apartments, New York looks pretty intimidating for sure. However, moving to New York City doesn’t have to be so stressful. Whether you’re moving to NYC for a new job, the culture and food, or just a change of scenery, we’ve got a few tips on how to make the transition a little easier. Consider these questions before choosing an apartment and you’ll be well on your way to living in NYC.

Can you live in a studio apartment?

It’s common knowledge that living in New York comes with a hefty price tag and small space. Assess how much living space you want and how much you’ll actually need. Depending on your budget, you might have to sacrifice the queen sized bed and walk-in closet for an affordable place to live. Walls aren’t just for hanging pictures; so remember to get creative with vertical space as well.

What boroughs and neighborhoods make sense for you?

If you’re working in the Bronx, you probably don’t want to live in Brooklyn. Take your work/home commute into consideration when finding the right neighborhood. Spending 2 hours a day en route to and from work isn’t appealing to most people, so investigate what options you have near your office. If you plan to work from home, what type of nearby amenities do you want? Like any city, some neighborhoods are nicer than others, so visit the area and make sure you feel comfortable and safe there. These considerations help you narrow down from 5 boroughs to 1.

What renting option is best for you?

Depending on your anticipated length of stay, you should decide on the type of lease agreement you need before searching for apartments. If you know you’re going to be in NYC for a while, a long-term rental agreement is most likely cheaper. But if you aren’t sure, try out a short-term or month-to-month lease. If possible, meet your landlord before signing a lease. Becoming acquainted can help you foresee any potential problems.

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