“Beauty is fleeting, but a rent-controlled apartment overlooking
the park is forever.” – Carrie Bradshaw
I grew up watching, admiring, and dreaming to live like Carrie Bradshaw. I would have never imagined that years later I would be a 20-something girl making the big move to New York City to embark on a similar journey.
Although searching for the two L’s (Labels & Love) remains at the top of my list, my move to NYC parallels a little more closely to Samantha’s in the PR sense, not to mention the same name. As the official move-in date inches closer, I can’t help but offer suggestions to anyone out there (small-town or not!) looking to make the move. I know I went in with expectations that got tossed out the window the minute I set foot in Manhattan!
- Wants vs. Needs – Although your wants and needs might be blurred between the two categories, it is extremely important that you recognize what you can and can’t live without – I learned this fast! That walk-in closet you’re hoping for is largely out of reach.
- Stairs are your new friends – Although your job might be in an air-conditioned high rise, realize that the apartment you really want might be on the sixth floor with no elevator in sight.
- Divide your ideal square footage in two, and then divide that by two – Anyone who has made the move to NYC knows that space is limited. More specifically, you will get more if you pay more. With close to 8.3 million people living in the city, it’s no wonder they have to fit everyone into small, intricate apartments where the stove might just be next to your bed.
- Market trends aren’t always your friends – Since I was only in NYC for the weekend, my broker not only had the task of finding me an apartment in a few days, but also having to collect documents, submit an application as well as coordinating a lease signing with the landlords. After nine apartment showings, and losing my first choice to another applicant in the span of 24 hours, you can already sense the fast-pace reality of NYC.
- Application Approvals – The. Waiting. Game. This had to be the worst part of the journey. I handled the showings and decision making with poise, but when it came time to wait for the application to be approved, I was one anxious girl.
So, I encountered two reality checks on my weekend rendezvous with the big apple. First, check your expectations at the door and make room for the NYC realistic expectations. Second, that after all is said and done, you will find a petite loft in your desired location and you’ll be asking someone if it’s all just a dream! Although the search is tough, the pieces will fall into place!