It’s not easy to look for the apartment of your dreams. But trying to do it in New York can make you cry… If you’re finding yourself in this situation and need some help, read these next lines and learn the secrets to find a great apartment in the Big Apple.
First of all, you need to set your priorities and don’t allow anything to distract you. Knowing what you want and what you don’t want in an apartment can save you a lot of time. Research theÂ neighborhoods that fulfill your needs and use this data to make a checklist of places to visit. It’s also important to do this research with time, so you don’t feel pressured, and remember to be open for what we can call “opportunities of a lifetime”. Just don’t let anyone fool you!
A good tip is holding off your search until late in the month (around the 23rd). At this time of the month, some landlords become desperate. Also, confine your search to weekdays: this way you’ll avoid direct competition. The best months to look and make some visits areÂ April and November, according to the website Rent Hop.
Don’t forget you’ll need your credit report, references and a copy of your driver’s license or passport to sign a contract.Â Once you have found a good place, get all the important details – average cost of laundry andÂ household staples – before signing the documents. Check the water pressure and if theÂ neighborhood is safe at night. You can even talk to other residents before making your decision.