How to properly prepare for moving to New York

So, have you thought about moving to New York? Moving to the City that Never Sleeps is a big deal – you’ll find something for everyone. Of course, moving to New York is also very daunting, due to the nature of the city. New York has a specific culture that can be difficult to get used to, not to mention how the city functions when it comes to public transport and parking spaces! But, you shouldn’t let your fears get the better of you. You can move to New York with surprising ease if you just plan things right! Of course, that means using things like a proper moving checklist.

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Moving to New York requires doing some apartment research

New York is different than most cities. For one, it’s almost impossible to buy an apartment. Most people rent. Not to mention that having roommates isn’t odd in the slightest. So, you should set your expectations accordingly. When looking for an apartment in New York, it’s important to be very aware of what you can’t live without, and what you can compromise on. Make a list, and use it when you’re going through apartments. However, the real estate market in New York moves fast – if you find a dream apartment, snap it up before someone else does! Especially if you’re moving long distance!

  • How will you feed yourself? Your apartment should be within reasonable distance to a bodega. New York’s bodegas and bodega cats are famous for a reason!
  • Is location important? Do you need to commute to Manhattan?
  • Figure out what you’re going to do with your car. Are you going to keep it? New York has¬†pretty expensive parking. And if you want a garage, that will cost you extra! However, the city has an excellent infrastructure. So, most people don’t need a car! Especially considering the traffic jams.
  • Are stairs acceptable? Do you require disability accommodations?
  • What’s your budget? What’s the rent of apartments that match what you need? Are the two similar at all?
  • How safe is your neighborhood?
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Are you moving to New York with children?

If you are, that means you have to pay attention to schools in the area. Not only that, but to the commute to and from those schools. If you live more than say, ten minutes walking from the subway, how will you get around daily? Will it eat too much of your time? Will it eat too much of your children’s time, rendering them chronically late or tired? If you’ve got kids, especially school age kids, it would be good to research kid-friendly neighborhoods. Of course, you can always turn to neighborhoods such as Park Slope, which is known for having the stroller squad out in full force daily.

Plan out the budget for moving to New York

New York has a high cost of living. Everyone is hustling in New York. It’s a good idea to have a cash cushion to float on for the first few months after moving, if you’re not moving for work. That means you won’t have to worry about rent in case your job hunt isn’t immediately successful! Moving to New York only to immediately be kicked out due to low funding sounds like a nightmare! So, you will need to put aside at least one month’s worth of rent and utilities.

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The most important thing about moving to New York is starting on time.

Next, you should calculate your budget for the move, and act accordingly. The sooner you start scouting out reputable moving companies, the sooner you can get a clear idea of what the average prices are.¬† Transporting your belongings will be the bulk of the money – so, make sure only to pack what you actually care about. Do you have a bunch of clutter in your home? Are you holding on to old clothes you haven’t worn in years? Toss them. Or donate them for a nice tax deduction. Especially ill-fitting clothes that you’re holding onto in the vague hope that you’ll fit into them again or that neon plaid will be in vogue again. Toss them!

What expenses are there for a New York move?

Moving, in general, is pretty expensive, and requires quite a bit of math. Especially if you need some kind of moving service! So, you have to calculate shipping costs. You have to have money for the utilities, and hooking up your utilities often costs extra! If you need extra insurance, that also costs extra – but it’s better than no insurance. The list goes on and on. This is why most people hire experts, professional movers to assist them on their journey.

Are there any final preparations for moving to New York?

There are a lot of little details that can slip your mind when you’re moving to New York. It’s not surprising – you have so much to do, of course seemingly unimportant things slip by the radar! But, they can be a real big problem later on, so catch them whenever you can. For example, don’t forget to change your mail address with USPS! If you’ve decided to keep your car, of course, you’ll have to make sure to register it for New York licence plates. Your children, your spouse, and you, all need their medical records switched to their new medical provider – and your pet needs a new vet. If you have a newspaper or magazine subscriptions, cancel them so they don’t get sent to your old place. Or, see if you can reroute them to your new address! What about any local gym or pool subscriptions? They’re all hidden fees!

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