There’s a lot to be excited about when moving to a new apartment: a new space to decorate as your own, new neighbors to befriend and explore the city with, and of course starting a new chapter of your New York City life! As a recent mover myself, I can tell you firsthand that taking the steps of hunting for your first apartment can be pretty intense. Follow along as we explore the 5 stages of apartment hunting through our Manhattan Living resources!
The Reality of Renting in NYC
When the steps of apartment hunting first begins, everyone has an ideal image of what they’d like their new home to look like. From amenities like rooftop decks and private balconies, newbie renters will soon realize that their budget may not always accommodate their wish list.
In order to keep your expectations in track with the reality of NYC real estate, do your research beyond the screen of your laptop. Find a few neighborhoods that spark interest, make a list of apartment buildings you like, and take a stroll through different neighborhoods. If you’re looking for affordable luxury in New York, check out Glenwood’s no fee apartment listings!
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Is Renting Really for Me?
It’s fair to say that a majority of New Yorkers are, in fact, renters because of the astronomical prices to buy a town home, condo, or home in the area. With that being said, it’s easy to understand why renting is your best bet. Here are a few “ups” to renting – if you need a little reassurance!
- Lower cost for renters insurance (Lemonade is a great option for both renters and homeowners)
- Maintenance crews to fix leaks, appliances, etc.
- Lower utility bills (heating an entire house can get pricey!)
- Less to clean (but if you do need a hand, Maid Sailors has a few to lend!)
Bargaining with Yourself
If there’s one piece of advice I can give, it’s to remember that apartment hunting is a balance of expectations and reality. Once you’ve done your homework and have a few places picked out, keep your must-haves in mind and start the process of elimination.
Ask yourself: Would finding a roommate easy my expenses? I can’t leave my dog behind – he’s coming with me, no matter what! Do I really need 12-foot ceilings?
Start trimming your wish list again and bargain with yourself – your toughest competitor!
Move in a New York Minute
Apartments go like hot cakes in New York, so when you see one you like, jump on it! Call the building’s leasing consultant and schedule a tour right away. Once you find THE unit for you, (meets your budget, allows pets, has a doorman), apply right away. Once you get your acceptance notice, let the plan to move begin!
NYC Apartment Moving ChecklistSo you decided to move to the Big Apple, eh? Congrats, and welcome to the city! Your first order of business is to find a place to live. Keep our apartment moving checklist close at hand to easy your search!
From finding the best movers in the Upper East Side (or for our West Siders, Moishe’s is a great option!), a doggy day care for your pup, and stocking up your new kitchen with supplies from Bowery Kitchen Supplies, our Manhattan Living guide will keep you up to date on the latest happenings in and around the city.