Moving to New York City and need some tips on how to get there safely and with more cash in your pocket? Here are five tips for you to read before you even think about calling NYC movers.
1. When hunting for an apartment, be prepared to sign a contract on the spot, or someone else will surely do it before you can get back, especially if it is an uncommonly good place. Bring:
- a letter of recommendation from your current landlord
- most recent pay stubs
- most recent tax returns
- copies of your bank statements
- your check book, and enough money in your account to cover a security deposit and first month’s rent
2. Consider various neighborhoods before committing. If you find a comfortable apartment in a nice building, but it is a hour commute from your job, it won’t be right. Limit yourself to one subway transfer per commute. If you can get an apartment on the same subway line as your place of work, you are golden.
3. Sell your car. It will only be a hassle and a huge expense. You’d have to pay rent for a permanent parking space, or spend all your time looking for one near home. Count the savings of not having a car and they will contribute to the higher cost of living in NYC.
4. Consider getting an unlimited subway card if you will be riding at least twice a day. They are sold at manned subway stations or search for the Metrocard option at a kiosk. You can buy any amount from one day to 30 days, and they don’t start until you use the first ride. Be careful not to let them sit too long and expire.
5. If the grocery store near your home is too expensive, make a habit of going out of your way to save a little cash. Find the nearest C-Town or PathMark store in order to keep from paying the high end prices of health food stores in Manhattan.
Knowing even a little bit of insider information can save a lot of hassle and money. Once you are committed to moving, call your NYC movers and schedule your trip!
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