Moving to NYC alone – everything you need to know

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So, you have decided that NYC will be your new home? And you’re going there on your own? Then you need to get ready.

When it comes to New York City, many people have unrealistic expectations, which is totally expected if you’ve watched shows like Friends or Sex and the City.

But too high expectations can ruin your whole experience in the city once you settle in.

People also tend to have unrealistic expectations when it comes to moving. How difficult can it be, right? Oh, it’s very difficult, especially if you’re moving alone.

No friends to bribe with pizza and bear to move your stuff. The whole planning and relocating is on you and it can be really stressful.

Luckily, there’s a way to make your NYC relocation easier. Here’s how.

1. Hire Professional Movers

Hiring professional movers is the easiest way to relocate. Sure, using a moving company will cost, but a common misconception is that hiring professional movers is more expensive than organizing everything by yourself.

You need to look at the bigger picture and consider things like hidden expenses, dangers, risks, and stress when moving by yourself.

Extra tip: Professionals movers are usually busiest at the weekends and at the beginning/end of the month. Negotiate a discount by moving mid-month or mid-week.

2. Looking for a Place to Live

Finding a place to live (alone) in the Big Apple is a big decision. And an expensive one at that. But the price isn’t the real challenge. Getting an apartment is.

You’ll be competing with hundreds of other people who’re looking for a great deal on a room. Hiring a broker is a great idea, just be prepared to pay the broker fees in addition to your deposit.

Whether you’re looking for an apartment on your own or working with a realtor, always beware of scams. First and foremost, never send money in advance. Second, ask for recommendations from people you know or look them up online…
 
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