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How to move to New York

We know that moving to a new city can be overwhelming, especially a city as large and complex as New York.

We’ve put together a helpful guide to tackle all the things you should be thinking about as you plan your move, and some helpful alternatives to make your city living that much easier.

Make a plan for your New York move

The best place to start is by formulating a plan. Where in the city are you looking to move? Is a commute important to you? Are you looking to live with 1 roommate, 2, or maybe more? Determining your priorities will help you figure out what to look for first. Often times, those priorities are formulated by a budget, which has to account for a lot of factors beyond rent and moving costs, including utilities, groceries, laundry, cable, transit, and so much more. Writing things down and organizing against that budget will not only set you up better for your move but will help reduce stress when the time comes.

Coliving suite at Common in New York

Know what to shop for

A move inevitably involves trashing a lot of things and buying a lot of new items. Maybe you’re on the hunt for a new sofa or mattress, but don’t forget all the little things you need when you move in. Everything from toilet paper to cooking oils to pots and pans of all sizes. It’s helpful to do an audit beforehand so you know what to shop for, as often times you don’t realize you forgot one of these items until you’re ready to cook or clean and it’s not there for you.

As an alternative, you can look for a living arrangement where these pieces come included, to help reduce your moving stress. In our coliving homes, we provide all of the furnishings, cookware, household essentials, and more so you don’t have to stress about a last-minute run for sponges or if your roommate left toilet paper for you. It’s actually all included in your rent.

Figure out the right time to move to New York

Optimize your move by arriving in New York at the right time. Obviously, January and February are the toughest winter months, but at this time you can usually get lower rates for apartments, as they are harder to lease. Save yourself a lot of struggle and move during Spring or Fall, when the weather is best and it’s the most delightful time to enjoy the city.

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If you don’t want to stress about seasonal rates or net effective prices or wading through brokers, reach out to our admissions team at Common. Our rates are competitive and provide for so much more than your traditional rental, including utilities, weekly cleaning, laundry, and so much more. Check out all of our available homes in New York, and book a free tour.

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