Is your apartment search driving you crazy? Do you need some apartment rental tips to make things go easier? Of course you do. How do I find a roommate? How do I fit all of my stuff in these small apartments? And so on.
New York City is a great town, the best on the planet in my opinion, exploding with energy and life, with culture high and low, with amazing food everywhere you turn, with more things to do and see and explore and people to meet on any given day than most cities can offer up in a year.
But, of course, no one ever said it was an EASY place to live. Which is why NYC rental apartment dwellers, no matter where you live, or how long you’ve lived here, can always use some extra help, a little bit of advice, tips and tricks from your fellow New Yorkers, that sort of thing.
And just in case you don’t read NYC rental apartment-related blogs and websites as obsessively as me, here are a couple of smart list-y sorts of posts I’ve seen recently on BrickUnderground, containing some helpful apartment rental tips.
If you want to/need to find a roommate with whom to share your NYC rental apartment, you’re not alone, and you’re likely to wind up posting on and/or scouring through Craigslist, which is an awesome resource, of course, but is also filled with every type of human being you can imagine.
BrickUnderground’s Alyse Whitney has some solid suggestions for, first, weeding out “the crazies” and, second, hooking up with someone who’s actually compatible with you and your lifestyle.
Most of the advice boils down to being completely honest and up front about who you are and what you’re looking for; there’s no point in “tricking” someone into living with you, because you’re the one who’s going to wind up unhappy. Also: if something seems to good to be true, it totally is.
Another fact of NYC rental apartment life? You’re not going to have enough space. I mean, you’ll have enough space, really, because we all somehow survive and thrive in our tiny homes, but there will be plenty of times when it doesn’t FEEL that way.
Scott McCulley, who’s been happy in a 338-square-foot Upper East Side studio (above) for close to ten years, has some good baseline tips for living large while living small.
Clever storage is key, of course (keep your travel stuff in your suitcase!), as is multi-functional furniture (platform beds with drawers can free up huge amounts of dresser space), but being a smart shopper–quality over quantity when it comes to, say, shoes–is almost more important to achieving uncluttered bliss even in the smallests of spaces.
So, don’t fear looking for a roommate, and don’t fear small spaces. I hope these apartment rental tips make your search go smoother.
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