A recent article in the Huffington Post talks about an increase in the number of people moving into New York City (NYC). Everyone seems to want to be a part of the exciting life offered by the bustling city. That said, newcomers can be really intimidated by the fast pace of life in the city, almost making them want to take the next flight or bus back home! Here are five tips for those who are planning to make the city their home.
Read about the city. Landing in NYC with your luggage and a blank mind is cool only in the movies. In real life, this is just impractical. There are several beginners’ guides like this one that you can go through to get information about the different boroughs of NYC, transportation, accommodations, restaurants, and so on.
Save money. The cost of living is pretty high in NYC, so try to save as much as you can before moving. To get started, you’ll need sufficient money to rent an apartment. Typically, if you are signing a lease, you will need to hand over the first month’s rent, a security deposit (equivalent to one month’s rent), and the last month’s rent before moving in. If you use a broker’s services, broker fees would apply, too. Naturally, you will also need money for other living expenses. Don’t despair, though. The city has several budget options for everything from accommodations to entertainment.
Consider the other boroughs while renting an apartment. Remember that there is more to NYC than Manhattan. There are many ways to find an apartment in the city, and the other boroughs typically offer cheaper rent options. Note that in NYC, apartment listings usually move off the market faster than you can say Big Apple. This can be both good and bad: bad because this means that you need to go prepared to close a deal when you go to see an apartment, or you might lose that opportunity; good because this means that it is possible to find a place within a few days or a week.
Deal with limited space. This comes as a shock to many outsiders, but apartments in NYC can be quite small. Space comes at a premium, and you may not be able to afford a spacious apartment in the area of your choice. So, you might not be able to use all your stuff. While selling off non-essential items is an option, you don’t necessarily have to do so. Thankfully, there are self-storage options like Westy Self Storage located close to the city, where you can keep all your extra belongings.
Network! If you are really lucky, you might have a close friend who can help you out during your initial days in the city. If you are not so lucky, go through your contacts list and build a network through friends, friends of friends, cousin’s friends — you get the idea. Your network may come in handy while hunting for an apartment, or even in the future, if you consider changing jobs.
Don’t let the challenges of the city get you down — you will soon realize that NYC has a plethora of opportunities and an unmatched zing.