Moving is stressful, especially when you’re moving to NYC, one of the most populated and visited cities in the world. Living in NYC is a dream many aspire towards, and here are the eight stages to making it a reality.
1. Choosing a budget.
You were recently a broke college student, and now you’re a broke college graduate with student loans to pay off. NYC is expensive, but there are ways to find great apartments by working around your budget. Keep in mind that the cost of living is much higher than most cities in the U.S. so budget accordingly.
2. Deciding on the right neighborhood for you.
There are five main boroughs in New York: Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Within these boroughs are a huge range of neighborhoods, from the artsy West Village to the trendy Williamsburg. One of these neighborhoods is guaranteed to make you feel at home.
While you’re researching the different areas of the city, be sure to consider the commute time to your job and how close you are to a laundromat, grocery store and the subway.
Don’t you wish there was an easier way to compare prices between the boroughs in NYC? With Triplemint’s Smart Move site, you can use an interactive neighborhood map to do just that. Triplemint helps college graduates find their perfect apartment and makes renting in NYC smarter, simpler and more cost efficient.
3. Finding the perfect realtor.
You want a realtor that’s dedicated to realizing your #apartmentgoals, not the commission that comes at the end. Triplemint’s agents are advocates and advisors, with the highest Yelp ratings in NYC. Triplemint agents are bonused quarterly on client satisfaction, based on surveys filled out by clients. Triplemint does this to incentivize its agents to work in the best interest of their clients, rather than a commission or quick transaction.
4. Starting the search.
Now it’s time to actually view apartments. Narrow down how many apartments you’d like to view and how long you’ll be able to stay in the city to look. If you rent through Triplemint, whether you’re staying in the city for a day or a week, you’ll be guaranteed viewings on the date of your choosing.
5. Finding your dream apartment!
You’ve finally found it! This apartment meets your budget, ideal location and more. But what happens next? How do you go about officially getting it off the market? It’s time to make your deposits and sign the lease.
Many landlords require that the tenant earns 40 times the monthly rent. So if you’re looking to move into a NYC apartment that costs $2000 a month, you would need to have an annual salary of $80,000. If you don’t meet the times 40 rule, your co-signer or guarantor will probably be required to make at least 80 times the monthly rent to secure the apartment.
6. Signing the lease.
Signing the lease is perhaps the most intimidating part of moving to NYC. Don’t you wish there was a way to bypass all that stress? If you rent with Triplemint, they will personally assist you with all of the paperwork required from start to finish in order to secure your dream NYC apartment.
7. Moving all of your stuff to the new apartment.
Moving can be the absolute worst. Make sure you book a moving company as soon as possible, preferably as soon as you coordinate your move-in date with the landlord. The last thing you want is for your preferred moving company to be completely booked on your move-in day.
Triplemint eases some of the stress by offering discounts on moving, transportation, groceries, and more. Have a question? They provide phone consultations at (212) 235-1123.
Speaking of all of your stuff, limit what you actually decide to move in with. That huge collection of DVDs and your precious library are better off left at home. Download them and invest in an e-reader to save space.
8. The aftermath.
Are you far from a grocery store and need convenient delivery? What about any unanswered questions like, “What will my rent be next year?” or “What is the garbage removal policy?” It’s these little details that will go a long way. Make sure you save your landlord’s contact information and build a good rapport with them early on.
Are you excited about moving to NYC? Do you have any other tips? Comment below!
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