Thinking of moving to New York City??
As a long-time furnished housing provider and New Yorker, I’ve picked up a few helpful tips along the way for any new comers to the city. I constantly share them with clients and friends, so it seems only right to share them with you! New York can sometimes be overwhelming and knowing or speaking to a native New Yorker can really assist in the process.
Here are 10 helpful tips to jump start your move:
1. To make a smart decision and save money, avoid a hotel and search out for a sublet or furnished housing providers (a.k.a ApartmentLUXE!) and book a month-to-month furnished apartment. This will allow you the time to really search for the best option for your long-term rental or purchase. New York rentals and sales can be quite tricky and sometimes overwhelming. Take your time and make the smart decision.
2. Do a quick google search or ask an expert (a.k.a an ApartmentLUXE representative!) to find the most ideal location for you to live based on work proximity and personal preferences.
3. Create a budget for your moving and monthly costs. New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the world. It can be quite a shock if you are unfamiliar with New York Real Estate prices.
4. Remember there are over 8 million people living in Manhattan within only 469 square feet of land. Streets are crowded and apartments are small. Pack and bring only what you need, most apartments do not have storage.
5. For your arrival make sure you plan for the weather. New York is a four season city, meaning February it’s normally snowing with freezing temperatures and in July it’s usually very hot and humid. Bring what you need to survive for the current season but don’t over do it!
6. Don’t plan on bringing a car unless commuting outside the city. Public transportation is great for commuting to the city and making your way around the city as well. It runs 24 hours, 365 days a year. If you are carrying heavy items, there are also over 13,000 cabs easily available. (Just know that that during rush hour, it’s probably faster to take the subway, even though the trains will most likely be very crowded).
7. Bring a few pair of cute comfortable shoes, emphasis more on the “comfortable,” but don’t forget the “cute” [you are moving to New York, one of the fashion capitals of the world], because you will end up walking A LOT. It doesn’t take long for your shoes to wear out walking the rough streets of New York City.
8. With over thousands of restaurants, bars, museums, and events in New York City, it can be tough to filter through it all. Try to avoid the usual tourists spots like Times Square and try a cool neighborhood museum like the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side, the Smorgasburg fair in Williamsburg, or boutique shopping in Nolita.
9. Sometimes walking around the city is the best way to get around. It’s great exercise and allows you to get some sightseeing done as well. You see things you’d never notice taking the subway or in a cab.
10. Remember that this is the city that never sleeps! Explore, enjoy, and try new things. Be excited that you are moving to one of the greatest cities in world!
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