Every day, moving and storage is on the agenda for countless people looking to relocate to New York City. This is a city that has it all. Many New Yorkers will tell you that they have no reason to ever step foot out of the city because they have everything that they need here and more. The thing is, this is a sink or swim type of place, and getting off to a bumpy start with a move that was not very well thought out can send you on a downward spiral.
Visit the City
Do not underestimate just how important a visit to the city is before you move. This will allow you to get a feel for it so you can visit the five boroughs and determine a general idea of where you want to live. Keep in mind that you will likely be taking a taxi or some other form of public transportation everywhere you go, so if you plan on working in Manhattan, you probably don’t want to look for an apartment in Brooklyn.
Be Ready to Sign
Everyone complains that there are not any good apartments in NYC, or that they are all the size of a matchbox. While the latter may be partially true; it really depends on location, and what you are willing to spend.
For example, A very small fixer-upper that needs a lot of work in a prime location in the heart of Manhattan could run you well over $1 million. That same apartment could be an affordable rental in one of the other boroughs or one of the less trendy areas of Manhattan. Will your apartment be small? Most likely, but there are great places to be found that just need a little TLC.
That being said, you need to be ready to sign a lease when you go apartment shopping. Landlords do not hold apartments in this city. If you see people moving out, that is your opportunity to jump on it and sign a lease because if you don’t, someone right behind you will.
Sell the Car
You do not need a car living in NYC. You will likely never drive it, so it will just sit in an expensive parking structure. Why pay these fees, plus your car payment and insurance? If you think you will drive it, you should take a road trip to the city, drive the roads and see if you feel the same. It is chaos at almost all hours of the day and night.
Public transportation in readily available and affordable, and will take you everywhere that you need to go. Sell the car and use that as a nice little nest egg to fall back on in case you don’t find a job right away. It is recommended to have enough money for bills, food and spending to last you at least two months when you first move here.
Get Acquainted with the Subway
Don’t make the mistake of moving to New York City and waiting until the morning of your first day of work to figure out how to get there. Moving and storage should ideally be done far enough in advance that you have at least a day or so to just explore. Learn your route from home to work and back again on the subway. If you think you are going to take a taxi everywhere, you are in for a big surprise! This will become very expensive extremely fast. Spend a day getting lost and making note of landmarks to help you find your way. Above all, remember the hand sanitizer, and use it frequently!