Relocating to New York City

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!

Moving Planner Blog

Are you moving into or out of an apartment? If you are moving away from home into your first apartment, there are some things you should do to make life easier.

1. Know your apartment. While it may be tempting to take that huge, glamorous apartment…are your finances in order to keep up with the rent, utilities, and groceries? Having a cool place is great, being able to eat every week is better.

2. If you will be sharing an apartment with roommates sit down and talk about expenses before moving. Having a plan in place of how expenses will be divided cuts down on disagreements later.

3. When looking for your apartment, take someone with you that you trust. Having another set of eyes brings perspective. While a cheaper apartment might not look as rosy as the more expensive one, there is a possibility that the more costly apartment has problems that the lower costing one will not. Price does not always indicate quality and that holds true not just in items, but living spaces, too.

4. Speaking of roommates, when you are choosing one (or several), know who you will be living with. Know what their expectations are and lay out your own. Hate loud music? Don’t have a bandmember for a roommate. Can’t stand certain smells? Have allergies? Put all of this out in the open and talk through all of you and their expectations in your living arrangement. You (and they) will be sharing quarters and getting to know how you all like to live will make things in your new home run smoother.

5. Hire a top-rated moving company.  You want a group of professionals who are familiar with apartment moves.  These individuals should know how to coordinate with a  building super and navigate tight spaces such as narrow hallways and tricky elevators.

Are you moving out of an apartment and into new one? Maybe you’re moving into a house or moving in with your significant other. If you are moving to a new apartment, then all of the tips above still apply. Moving to a house is slightly different. So is moving in with someone you love.

When looking for a house, you will want to begin the search well in advance of the time your apartment lease. This gives you time to decide on a new home, apply for a loan, and complete the closing. If you give yourself at least six months, you can find a real estate agent, search for your home, and save money for those ‘extras’ that can come with a move.

If you are moving into a newly built home, chances are that you will not need to worry about any remodeling projects–one of those ‘extras’. But if you are like most people, you will move into a home that was previously owned by someone else. Their tastes in decorating may not be compatible with yours. Tackling a remodeling project before moving in might seem crazy, but if you complete one or several remodeling jobs before you move in, this will save you time and money later.

Moving into a new home with your significant other can be challenging if you are not used to each other’s routines. Treat this move in a similar way that you would when moving in with roommates. Discuss how and if bills will be divided, talk about how you actually live– music and television preferences, taste in food, dividing chores and so on.

Moving may not always be fun, but it can be less stressful if you take steps to avoid pitfalls.