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No matter how cool you may be, moving to NYC is a big deal. NYC is a very accepting and diverse metropolis, and no-one is really concerned about what you did in your past, just what you’ll do whilst you’re there.
Moving may seem intimidating at first but you are moving to arguably the greatest city in the world so brace yourself. There are many ways to make your move easier if it all seems too much for you.
Finding a room in Brooklyn, NYC
Below are a few things to consider when looking for affordable rooms in Brooklyn:
Don’t take the neighborhood at face value
Your biggest difficulty will be finding a place to rent, especially in a city of 8.5 million people. You should begin by asking yourself how well you know the city and Brooklyn in particular. If you haven’t had much exposure to the city then you should start off with a short-term rental. This will enable you to get to know the place you want to settle in, before you sign a long-term lease. During this time, you can get to know the area and the people in the neighborhood to ensure that it is the right fit for you.
Ask questions like
- Is this area convenient to subways if I need to travel? Generally, if its more than 10 minutes then it’s too far. Check MTA info if you work on weekends as subways are extremely busy in the weekend.
- What food options are nearby? You will need to find out how convenient food is situated from your home, especially if you know that you will not be able to cook often.
- If you are moving to study, find out about schools. You would need to live in an area that is convenient for the college you plan to attend. However, if you are a parent moving with kids, you should consider schools in the area and how convenient is it from where you plan on living.
- What about nightlife? If you are a party animal, then you may want to consider what kind of night-life is nearby as well as what kinds of people are found there. On the other hand, if you are not into night life then ensure that you do not rent a place near a nightclub or noisy venue.
- Beware of the evacuation storm – Consider the evacuation storm zone that you’re are in, this could mean less rental.
- Is it safe? – safety is one of the main priorities and you need to ensure that the neighborhood is safe for you and your family. Ask people who live in the area and hang around until about 9PM to see for yourself.
- Is parking found easily? If you have or plan on buying a car then you will need a car parking lot that is convenient and close to your new rental.
- What is the landlord like – Your landlord must always be accessible to you. Find out about him or her from occupants of the flat as well. You should also Google your landlord to read about other people’s experiences with them.
Tips to help you find the right rental
- Think like an estate agent – Ensure that you clearly tell the agent what you are looking for from the onset. You should have a list of non-negotiables that you expect, otherwise agents could coerce you into taking an apartment they need to get off the market. Find out about concessions as agents don’t usually bring them up. These may include a month’s free rent at the gym, free access to pools.
- If you are working with a broker, be sure to find a good one – check that the agent is not shady and not offering too good to be true offers. You are advised to rather get an agent that has been referred by someone you know.
- Be aware of your rights as a tenant – The US government has made certain laws that protect the tenant and should be read and understood by anyone wanting to rent a room or home in the country.
- Most agents are open to negotiation – you may negotiate the cost of rentals in Brooklyn. Start off by asking for $100 off and work your way up.
When looking for an apartment or room to rent, always ensure that it meets your individual needs and that you are entirely happy with it.