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1 Mar 2017

Congratulations! Finding an apartment in New York City isn’t easy, but at last you have a place to call home. Here’s a few quick tips to help you make a smooth transition to apartment life.

1. Face Time

Living alone for the first time is an exciting milestone in anyone’s life. It’s a chance to become more self-reliant, make your own rules, and explore your personal style. It’s also a little scary; you might be spending more time alone than you ever have before.

Create a routine that includes getting out and about regularly. Frequent local shops and cafes, introduce yourself to the neighbors, and join local community events. Invite your friends over — a lot. Make the most of this experience to develop your social skills, face to face to face.

2. Roommates

Sharing your apartment can be just as much fun as it looks on those classic television shows, if you find the right roommate. But don’t rush into this new relationship. Compatibility is important, and so is dependability; an error in judgment or a misunderstanding about commitment could mean more expenses for you.

Find out up front what might be deal breakers for each of you, and don’t let small annoyances simmer. Choose your “compromise zones” — usually shared spaces, such as the kitchen, bathroom and living room — and reach a mutual understanding about decorating and maintaining them.

3. Keeping House

You don’t need to break the bank to turn your apartment into home, sweet home. Throw pillows or an area rug are inexpensive ways to personalize the space, while lamps and accent lights in key places help create a warm atmosphere. If you’re sharing the apartment, go shopping together to find items you can agree on, especially for those compromise zones.

Keeping the apartment and appliances clean saves problems in the long run, and it’s essential for healthy living, both physically and mentally. Don’t let the chores build up — find a system that works for you, turn on some music and get down to it.

4. Storage

A New York City apartment probably means adjusting to a living in a more compact scale than you might be accustomed to. At first it seems like you have much more stuff than space, but assessing storage possibilities will soon be second nature to you. Take advantage of the move to cull dead weight, and aim for charming instead of cramped when you decorate.

Use design techniques that make the space seem larger, such as limiting the color palette and placing mirrors strategically to reflect light. Clutter-free surfaces help create the illusion of space, too. Some furniture items can double as storage or be hidden away when not in use. Maximize vertical storage solutions to keep floor space clear — hooks and shelving are practical and can also be visually striking features.

5. That Safety Habit

No matter how safe the neighborhood is, it’s wise to cultivate a habit of safety. If it locks, lock it; always lock your door and windows — and yes, that goes for apartments above the first floor, too. You should know all the potential routes around the apartment and where the emergency exits are from any point inside the building.

You don’t have to be nosy, but be aware of the general habits of your neighbors so that you’ll recognize when any activity is out of the ordinary. If you have a roommate, you should discuss a safety plan with him or her, including locking the door, not giving away keys and being careful about who enters your home.

Whether you’re a lone wolf in search of the perfect studio or pairing up with a pal in flexible one bedroom or larger apartment, we have exactly what you’re looking for in NYC’s hottest neighborhoods. Take a look HERE or give us a call and let a leasing specialist help.

22 Feb 2017
Moving with PetsMoving is always challenging — even if you’re just moving yourself, a human. But moving with a furry friend can be particularly difficult, especially if you’re moving in a big city like New York. If you’re planning to move with pets, fear not! You won’t have to leave beloved Fido behind. Just keep in mind the following tips, and your transition should go as smoothly as possible.

Find Out the Landlord’s Policy First

Every landlord has their own policies regarding pets. Some landlords don’t allow any pets at all, while others allow some types of animals and still others will require you to pay extra to have animals. Before you sign a lease, find out the landlord’s pet policies. That way you’ll be able to make sure that your pet can move in with you and that you’ve got all extra fees covered. Note: NoFee Rentals is pet-friendly and their policy is handled on a pet-by-pet basis. Pets will be interviewed along with the applicant to determine if the animal can conduct itself properly. At any time we can ask you to remove your pet if its conduct is deemed objectionable.

Keep Pets from Annoying Neighbors

One key to successfully keeping a pet in an apartment building is ensuring that your pet does not annoy your neighbors. This means that you should make sure that your pet doesn’t bark at odd hours (or throughout the entire day if you’re gone), scratch at doors or do other things that could be considered a nuisance. If you have a pet that misbehaves (or is annoying), consider hiring a trainer to help or taking the pet to daycare while you’re not at home.

Keep Your Pets Occupied

If you work all day long, you shouldn’t leave your pets at home totally unoccupied and inactive all day long. So, think about how flexible your schedule is and determine whether you’ll be able to come home in the middle of the day to exercise and engage your furry friends or whether you might need to hire help. There are many professional, trustworthy dog walking (and pet sitting) services throughout the city who will provide a person that will come get your dog, take him on a walk and feed and play with him so he’s not stir crazy, cooped up and restless when you get home.

Size Matters

When you’re finding an apartment, consider the size of the place, especially if you have a large dog. With a large dog, it can be helpful to try to find a larger space. However, if you can’t find a large space to rent in the city, you can live in a small space with a large dog successfully, especially if you take some mindful steps to make the situation more comfortable.

First, establish a routine with the dog that allows the dog to get out and move around. Take him to the park, drop him off at doggy daycare or go on regularly scheduled walks so he knows he’ll always have a chance to relieve himself (this can help avoid accidents in the house!). Also, you should make sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise throughout the week. Since your home won’t have much room for the dog to move about in, you should try to find your nearest off-leash dog park so that he has a chance to run free.

Having a pet can greatly enhance your life, and even if you’re moving to a big city like New York, you don’t have to give up your furry friend. Instead, by being mindful about where you choose to live, how you train your pet and how you establish a routine in your home, you can have a life that is comfortable and enjoyable for both you and your animals. With parks in close proximity to our apartments, and units with outdoor space, No Fee Rentals is the place your furry friend can happily call home.

9 Mar 2016

In 2012, I graduated from college and moved to an awesome New York City apartment. A dream I shared with many post-grads, I started an internship in the music industry and moved in with my childhood best friend.

I started at the new company and quickly discovered that I was the youngest person by about 10 years.  I struggled to meet new people.  My roommates both worked in sales at companies where everyone was a twenty-something, attractive, and always looking to party after work. I would tag along to their happy hours, but I always felt like I was hanging out with their friends, and never my own. In a city of millions, it is so easy to feel completely isolated—somehow, it seems, earbuds are a silent way of saying, “don’t talk to me”. Everyone is constantly texting, snapchatting or instagramming when out with friends, seemingly communicating with unseen masses of friends you don’t have. You’re not alone if you’re feeling like this, and it’s not the end of the world.  Now, we have to actively make an effort to break through our phone screens and meet new people.

My mother lived in the city for over 20 years, so I would approach her regularly about my feelings of frustration. She would always say, “Just talk to people in the grocery store!” Maybe ideally, romantically, this could work.  You know, you catch the eye of someone in the next aisle, flash a coy smile and then you’re on your first date! (Or is that just the movies?)

Let’s think about it realistically: imagine if I saw someone in the grocery store buying an avocado. What would my mother expect me to do? “Hey, you like avocados? I LOVE avocados, we should go out sometime!”  This avocado-loving person would think that I was legitimately insane.  I already get strange looks from people just for smiling when I walk past them (that or they think I’m hitting on them). I’m from the country! We smile at strangers!  Weird right?

The biggest piece of advice I can offer anyone to meet new people in New York City is to not be consumed by your loneliness, and go explore.  Foster your relationship with yourself—learn to genuinely love and enjoy your own company.  Your own happiness will attract new friends and when you do, other people will be so attracted to your happiness you won’t be able to get them away from you.

Find reasons to get up and out of your NYC apartment.  If you work remotely or are a student, find a cute coffee shop in which to study.  Bond with someone through sarcasm and apathetic disinterest.  Instead of ordering take-out, find a quiet restaurant and treat yourself to a meal.  Hang out in a park.  Take yourself shopping.  Check out galleries in Chelsea or Brooklyn, maybe try the Brooklyn Flea or find Art Walks, where you can go look at galleries at night.

Expand your horizons and take a class.  Whether it be a cooking class, an art class, a yoga class or lightsaber fighting class (yes, this is real) you’ll be around a group of potential new friends with a shared interest. And a shared interest is your first step to friendship. New York City has innumerable classes to offer—find some here. is another valuable online resource that can help you to find like-minded individuals! Maybe you’ve just moved to New York from another country and you’re looking for a little piece of home, maybe you love hiking, or perhaps you simply want to hit the best happy hours in the city with fun people! Everyone on MeetUp is looking to meet new people and make friends! Check it out here.

Another great way to make a connection is through a four-legged pal. Besides the fact that you’ll never be alone in your apartment again, having a dog in New York City makes it easier to meet people. Also, you’ve got your love for dogs in common with all those strangers! Luckily for you, NoFee Rentals are pet-friendly. If you’re looking for more information about our pet-policy and great things to do with your dog in New York City, click here.

The only way to make new friends is really just to start talking to people, and to keep an open mind. Don’t rule out your neighbors, either. Friends come in all shapes, sizes and ages. I have been going to a knitting class that my 84 year old neighbor has at her store, and I’ll tell you, old ladies? They’re hilarious… more on that later though.

So once you’ve settled into your new NoFee Rentals apartment in your hot new NYC neighborhood, get out and make some new friends to fill your living room! If you haven’t found an apartment yet, you can definitely find one here.

Until next time!