Choosing an Apartment in NYC

Choosing an Apartment in NYC

If you’re looking for a place to live in New York City, you’ll want to know what to expect while apartment hunting. Although you may not be able to find the spacious loft you were hoping for, you’re likely to find something smaller but centrally located to all the things you need to access. It’s a trade-off that many people make when moving to the Big Apple.

When searching for an apartment, these are the considerations you need to make:

  • This is among the most important things you’ll have a voice in. After all, you want to live in a safe part of the city and in a central location so you can get to where you need to go with ease. You’ll want to study the statistics for the area so you can make an informed decision about the place you call home
  • How much square footage you’ll have.

    This gives you an idea of how much storage you have to work with if any. The nice thing about living in NYC is that you’re able to rent an urBin storage bin for as low as $20 a month. You can keep your belongings safe and secure but won’t need to account for the extra space they take up in your new apartment.

  • The proximity to grocery stores, public transportation, and work.

    If it takes you hours to travel to a destination, you might have chosen the wrong apartment to live in. If the rent is low but the commute is long, it may be a trade-off you don’t mind making. When researching a neighborhood, see what attracts residents to it. Does it have what you need to feel comfortable?

  • Whether or not you’ll need a roommate or roommates.

    If living on your own is way out of your budget, you’ll need to account for the fact that you’ll have less living space the more roommates you have. This is where it pays to be organized. Choosing home furnishings that double as storage is ideal because you won’t have free reign over the apartment. Whatever you can’t keep inside your space, you can put in a storage bin and retrieve it whenever you need it.

  • Whether or not you’re allowed to alter the space.

    If you’re able to install a loft bed, floor to ceiling shelving, and other alterations, you might not have too much of an issue with storage. If you cannot, however, make changes to the apartment, you’ll want to invest in storage bins for whatever size of belongings you have on hand. An urBin ranges in size from 10’X10′ to 100’X100′ to meet your needs. Best of all, you’re able to monitor your belongings online and ask to have them back to you in no time flat

  • If pets are permitted.

    If you have a dog or a cat, you’ll want to make sure that they’re allowed to live in the space with you. Don’t presume that it will be ok without inquiring about pets first. The last thing you want to do is pay a deposit on a place only to learn that you can’t stay there because of your dog or cat. Most pet-friendly locations state that in their listing. You’ll be able to know right away if having a furry friend live with you is permissible.

Finding the right apartment that meets your needs takes time. You can significantly reduce the amount of effort you put into looking for the perfect space by knowing what to expect and keeping your belongings to a minimal. The things you can’t live without are worth having on hand and the rest of what you own can go into a storage bin where the items are accessible day and night, 365 days a year.


Bust out those hiking shorts and get outside this summer!

The sun is shining and the temperature is rising. Now that one of the most brutal winters on record is finally a distant memory, it is time to bust out your summer wardrobe and enjoy the beautiful weather. Here is a quick list of some of our favorite summer activities in the New York area. Continue reading “Bust out those hiking shorts and get outside this summer!”

Before you pack your winter clothes… Top 5 snowy activities for New Yorkers

You’ve been complaining all winter. Don’t worry. The end is in sight. The sun is shining and temperatures will soon be rising. But in these final few weeks of winter, lets take advantage of the snow – and those $100 designer boots you’ll be packing up soon.

Here’s a list our of favorite snowy activities for New Yorkers:

    1. Go for a hike. Strap on some snowshoes and hit the trails. You’ve probably seen New York State’s “GET OUTTA TOWN” tourism campaign posted inside of subways. Have to admit, we were pretty shocked to learn that New York has over 1000 miles of scenic trails. And many are accessible from the city via public transportation. Here’s a few of New York Post’s favorite trails:

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    WSJ describes the blights of Storage

    WSJ describes the blights of Storage

    The Wall Street Journal reports that consumers don’t like looking at storage facilities nearby, although they do want to use them! urBin to the rescue.

    From the article:

    “Self-storage facilities are springing up around the country amid a supply shortage and strong demand from families, cramped city-dwellers and college students.”

    “Local zoning boards and town councils don’t like self-storage warehouses because they pay little in property taxes, don’t hire many workers and typically are bulky, windowless eyesores.”

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