An overwhelming amount of work goes into planning a move, especially in New York City. These apartment moving tips are good to know before packing up all your belongings and moving to Manhattan.
Determine Your Budget
Moving is extremely expensive, especially when moving to a new city. There’s up-front rent, the security deposit, and the broker’s fee to start, and that’s before you get into the cost of renting a moving van or purchasing new furniture. Supplies can become expensive, too, especially if you need a lot of boxes and bubble wrap or temporary storage for a long-distance move. While planning how to move into a new apartment, draw up a budget to handle auxiliary costs so you can be prepared for the little things that add up.
Ask About Job Relocation
If you’re moving for work or have found a new job before moving, it’s possible that your job offers relocation assistance. Check with your company to find out if they will reimburse you for any of your moving expenses or if they have policies in place about helping employees during a move. Your employer may be able to find you a broker to help with your apartment hunt, or if your move takes more than one day, they could cover the cost of a hotel room for you and your family.
Compare Building Amenities
A major thing to consider when moving is deciding what’s non-negotiable for your new apartment. Not all buildings offer the same amenities and features: parking, a doorman, in-unit laundry, and a gym in the building are useful, but not all apartments will have everything. If you travel often, access to parking or nearby subway stations might be non-negotiable for a new apartment. For some, living in a particular neighborhood and having everything within walking distance is enough. Once you have an idea of what you can’t live without, you can narrow down what you’re willing to compromise on.
Survey the Neighborhood
In New York City, each neighborhood is its own small town, full of culture, local businesses, and residents who make up its personality. Where a building is located is nearly as important as what is inside the apartment itself: not only is it easier to move to a new city if you’re familiar with your surroundings already but being comfortable with your neighborhood is important for living somewhere long term. If you are able, take a walk around the neighborhood. Seeing your local shops, bodegas, and neighbors in person can help you get an idea of the kind of area you’ll be living in.
Residents of Tribeca House can have everything on their move-in list: an ideal location in the artsy Tribeca neighborhood, proximity to most major subway lines, and an apartment building with all the best white-glove amenities, including a gym and spa, parking, and concierge and valet service. Make your move to NYC simpler by calling or visiting Tribeca House to see our available apartments today.