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NYC Apartment Hunting Tips

Many individuals think moving to New York is the only real problem they are going to face, not knowing that…

NYC Apartment Hunting Tips
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Many individuals think moving to New York is the only real problem they are going to face, not knowing that NYC apartment hunting is another great ordeal to encounter. So many thought-provoking questions are probably flowing through your mind regarding what’s just been said.
Of course, there is a whole lot to experience especially when you are just visiting New York City for the first time – To some, the cost of living could be scary while others could easily afford it. The cost of owning a house could break your bank, therefore, renting a home in New York has been the norm. However, the broker fee is one thing to consider if you want to consider the rental option. Security of your desired neighborhood also needs to be considered and most importantly, you have to avoid being a scam victim.
To reduce your stress, read through our guide to know the best way to find apartments in NYC…

Best Way To Find Apartments In NYC

Know Your Budget

As said earlier, obtaining accommodation in this part of the U.S could be tiring and make you want to give up without even starting yet. Of course, this is partly due to the insane competition in the New York housing market and you really need to face it if having a roof over your head during a stay is paramount.
Do you already have a monetary plan for that? Well, the kind of housing you are willing to get is largely dependent on the cash at hand although you can still get a very nice one at an affordable price. However, you must plan ahead of what you are looking for – Typically, your budget should be within a particular range and you should stick to it.
Apart from the type of accommodation, you should have it in mind that house rent varies from one neighborhood to the other. Select your best neighborhood based on your budget alongside some other factors you consider vital which could be transportation; earnings; security etc.

Begin An Early Search

Do you know where most people miss it? They start searching for accommodation a week or even a day before moving in. This isn’t logical in any way as they obviously lack preparation and may end up falling into the wrong hands; Yo, getting scammed! If at all they don’t get scammed, they end up in an undesirable apartment or neighborhood.
To avoid the worst, it is quite logical to start your research as early as possible for your convenience later. The underlisted items are part of the things you want to base your search on…
• Accessibility to transport
• Security
• Cost of living
• Closeness to your school or place of
• Other relevant things to you
We recommend you start doing your research at least a month in advance to avoid stories that touch. Moreover, you could make use of sites like Zillow & Streeteasy to know what the rent is when planning to move. Those sites should also help you while setting a budget.

Get Familiar With The Neighbourhood

As part of your early research process, you must get yourself acquainted with things around your neighborhood of interest. Of course, it could be easy for you to research or obtain some info about this location, but nothing could be as good as physically visiting the environment. You can actually do this within a day. If you wouldn’t be able to go back that day you could get a cheap hotel to sleep at night, however, if you have a friend living around you could also stay with them and save your money.
While doing this, you should walk up to as many residents as possible and as them relevant questions. It’s quite sure some would be nice to you.

Get a Roommate If Possible

To reduce the burden on you, why don’t you get someone you can live with? Finding a roommate would not only ease your stress financially but also mentally! By now, you should have known how expensive it is to live in a place like New York, therefore, you and your roommate can split the rent and finance some other things. Another way this could be helpful is during the research process if one of you can’t visit your interesting neighborhood, the other should. The best thing is for both of you to be there so you can evaluate and ultimately agree on something.
While it could be very easy for both of you to get along at the start, you should be fully aware that there are burning issues that are likely to occur when you’re finally living together. That’s where most of the work is! Have proper planning as to how things would be done in the house (chores, payment on bills, etc.) to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

You May Want to Avoid Broker’s Fee

Apartment hunting in NYC often comes with a broker’s fee which amounts to a monthly rent or up to15% of the yearly rent. Irrespective of whether a broker assists you or not to search for the apartment, it is necessary you pay as far as you’re going to sign the lease agreement. This could be a whole lot of money especially when you want to keep things within your budget.
An alternative to this is to look out for NO BROKER FEE SPECIALS, however, your search will be significantly limited.

Check Other Apartments

It’s cool to know you ain’t just making a decision based on a single apartment. Check other places as well to see if they have a better offer compared to the previously checked ones. Ensure to check the interiors and evaluate the conditions of basic amenities within the apartment – good electricity, clean water, and other necessary things to you (presence of bed bugs could be an issue). You could schedule a meeting with the person in charge of the available apartment at any convenient time, but be quick about it.
Some individuals would tell you to wait until summer, what if you need the apartment before then? The best thing you can do is to get yourself a better offer! Although affordable apartments spacious enough with good amenities are common in Brooklyn.

Be Proactive

In everything you do about renting an apartment in NYC, you have to be quick about it. Whenever you visit the apartment of your interest, you should make your money and the necessary papers available so that you can easily obtain it once it meets your standard.

In Conclusion

It is quite obvious that this article was written as a matter of urgency and should be treated as such to anyone looking for an apartment in NYC. However, the need to do all stated in this article may not be necessary as we, at Sharedeasy could make things significantly less difficult for you – No paper works, no broker fee, our apartments are well-furnished and affordable with a lot of other pecks. Check our services/apartments out NOW!

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