A move to New York can be scary for those coming from different areas of the country. But, it doesn’t have to be stressful if you have a guide to follow. We have put together a moving to NY guide for you to reference before your move to New York. Whether it’s for a job, family, school or a change of scenery; New York has plenty to offer.
Options Limited with a Dog
It might be hard to hear this, but your options to rent a place to live will be limited if you have a dog. Dogs are great pets, but not all landlords want pets in their units. If you find a place that allows pets, make sure they don’t have a restriction on the breed of pet or size. You’d be surprised at how common this is in New York.
Not All Rentals are in Apartment Buildings
Understand that not all rentals in New York are in apartment buildings. There are condominiums, flats, co-ops, houses and yes, apartments you can rent. This means that the monthly rent could be higher, the association fees could be higher and the restrictions on how long you are able to rent could be stricter.
Don’t be shocked when you hear about broker fees when moving to New York. This is a common practice in NY. For the most part, brokers typically charge 15 percent of the yearly rental fee, but this can be negotiated to 12 percent with a little hard work. Or, if you make it known you will move fast on the unit, you might be able to get away with paying one month’s rent as a broker fee.
Research the Neighborhood
You will definitely want to research the neighborhood before signing a rental agreement and lease. This will help you get acclimated to what is around your place. Look at shops, food venues, nightlife, access to the subway and more. If you have children you will want to take a look at the schools and the safety of the neighborhood. Find out the evacuation zone for the neighborhood and if it is easy to find a parking spot or not.
Look in Person
Always look at potential places to live in person. Descriptions online can be very deceiving. It’s not hard to tell little white lies with descriptive words. It’s also not hard to make a place look appealing in pictures. Your best bet is to visit potential residences in person.