Monday, January 28, 2019

Travellers Guide To Apartment Renting in NYC

Moving or travelling to NYC can be overwhelming, especially if you are not aware of how things work there. The city is extremely democratic, and no-one is really concerned with your past, or who you were before you got there. NYC is known as the greatest city in the world. 
What you need to know about NYC
1.      Neighbourhoods are important – Finding a place to live will probably be the greatest struggle of relocating or vacationing in NYC. Before deciding on a neighbourhood, you may want to do some research and get a short-term rental apartment. This will offer an inside learning experience. Once you found an area that you like, get some insider information and read local blogs. 
Here are some questions to ask yourself before deciding on the area:
-      How convenient is the area to subways? If you are more than 5-10 minutes away then ensure that there is an alternative way of getting around, like a bus or Citi Bike. 
-      What are your meal options? It is unlikely that you will want to cook your own meals, especially if you’re on holiday. Ensure that you are near a few restaurants that appeal to your taste. You can even visit a few local food blogs to get a general idea of the food around you as well as what may be coming up. 
-      What is the nightlife like? If you are into parties and nightlife, then a quiet neighbourhood may not be the best option for you. Some of the party hubs in NYC include: Murray Hill, East Village and Lower East Side. 
-      How safe is the neighbourhood? You should check the NYPD website for crime statistics, but you may find that asking a local is much more effective. 
-      What evacuation zone are you in? Since Superstorm Sandy, people have become more sensitive to weather and climate changes. Parts of NYC are at greater risk than others during storms and floods.
-      What are the owners like? When going on holiday, the last thing you want to deal with is difficult landlords or building owners. You can google the name of the person or you could ask other people who are renting the same building. 
2.    Try and find an apartment on your own – Usually agents and brokers will get a 50% commission on the rentals, so it is wiser to look for a building on your own. 
Broker language decoded
There may be many words we find in home rental adverts which actually have a different meaning in the world of housing. Here are a few words decoded for you:
1.      Cozy – very small
2.    Charming – dilapidated
3.    Unique – strange in some way
4.    Quiet – usually means it overlooks an air shaft or wall
When choosing the area, you want to move to, and the apartment you prefer, it is advisable to research as much as you can so that it is a good fit for you. 

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