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13 Sep 2017

It’s well known among New Yorkers that even the most enthusiastic transplants will eventually face a moment of reckoning, and the culprit is often those infamously tiny Big Apple apartments. Even when you’re lucky enough to snag your dream pad, it’s still easy to feel the culture shock if you’ve never lived in such a densely populated city before.

Whether you’re just getting the apartment hunt started or are settling into your new home among the skyscrapers, here are five important tips for renters in the city that never sleeps.

Redecorating Is Usually Mandatory

If you’ve spent much time viewing apartments, you’ve probably noticed that the hallmark of a New York City apartment is the archaeological evidence of dozens of paint layers on all the molding and trim work.

Throwing up a fresh coat of paint is a rite of passage for local tenants and a good way to make sure you feel right at home. Stick to light colors and careful shading to make your rooms feel open and airy, but don’t be afraid to go wild with bold accent walls when appropriate.

Get Ready to Walk

If you’ve lived a life in rural towns or the suburbs, you’ll likely be shocked by the amount of walking required in New York city. Whether it’s hiking to the subway station or schlepping to your sixth-story walk-up, you’re sure to get plenty of cardio one way or another.

Shoe management is likely to become a regular part of your life, so take a tip from the locals and set up a shoe station right near your door. In smaller, more intimate buildings, many New Yorkers even keep their shoes on the exterior landing, but a shoe rack inside the front door works just as well to prevent tracking street grime into the house. Additionally, get used to carrying an extra pair of shoes if you work somewhere with a professional dress code, since you’ll regret having nothing but a pair of tight dress shoes when walking sneakers are called for.

Always Aim to Downsize

Storage and living space are at a premium in the Big Apple, so get used to culling your collections. Ideally, you’ll engage in a round of aggressive downsizing before you start packing to move into your new apartment. But even once you’ve moved, it’s a good idea to take stock at the end of every season. Paperwork and other disposables are frequent clutter culprits, along with worn-out or outdated clothing.

To make the most of your space, do as the locals do and rent a self-storage unit ASAP, then split your belongings into warm weather and cold weather categories and keep the off-season junk stashed away for half the year.

Embrace Open Spaces

Claustrophobia is inevitable in the city, so do everything you can to give yourself room to breathe. Most locals take every opportunity to visit open spaces, whether it’s one of the many parks scattered around the city or just an open plaza with benches to eat your lunch on.

Avoid the rookie mistake of trying to replicate the feeling of many-roomed exurban homes by splitting your apartment up with shelves or movable walls and, instead, delineate spaces in your abode with smart decorative choices that don’t obstruct sightlines, especially those leading to your windows.

Avoid the Fee

Of course, these tips only apply if you already have the apartment. If you’re looking, NoFee Rentals is the best place to start, with studios, one bedrooms and larger shares in many neighborhoods around the city. And, because we own and manage our own properties, there’s never a fee. ┬áReady to move? Click here.

15 Feb 2017

5 tips for living successfully with roommates in NYC

Living in New York offers countless perks: you have access to some of the world’s best restaurants, cultural attractions and job opportunities right at your doorstep. However, living in New York also presents its share of challenges, one of which is finding housing that is affordable. The housing market in New York is highly competitive and notoriously expensive, so one of the best ways for first-time New Yorkers to find a home they can afford is to live with roommates. Whether you end up living with friends or finding a housing situation via a platform like Craigslist, there are simple things you should keep in mind to make sure your living situation ends up working as smoothly as possible. The following five tips will help make living with roommates easy and enjoyable while you get your footing in NYC.

1. Discuss the Division of Finances from the Get-Go

When you first move in with roommates, it’s important to immediately decide how you will split up costs. You’ll need to determine who is going to pay for things such as the rent, electricity bill, gas bill, cable bill and internet, as well as any maintenance fees, groceries, etc. You might choose to split the costs evenly or have each person cover certain bills — there’s no one right way to do it. However, setting up financial rules from the beginning (in writing) ensures there will be no confusion or arguing about who is paying for what.

2. Set Household Goals and Values

It may sound corny, but when you first move in, it can be helpful to talk to your roommates about common household values and goals. Is it important for you to live in a space that is clean? Is quiet in the evenings important because you have work early in the morning? Lay these things out on the table, so you can make sure everyone in the space is on the same page about what is important for a happy household.

3. Keep Common Areas Clean

You may live like a tornado swept through your closet — but you should keep your mess confined to your room. Don’t leave personal belongings out in common spaces like the living room or kitchen, since it’s easy for shared spaces to get cluttered very easily. Doing your part to keep the common areas clean will encourage your roommates to do so as well — that way, the space you all spend time in together always feels nice and calming.

4. Learn Their Schedules

Most people in New York are constantly busy, pursuing work goals, artistic pursuits and enjoying time with friends. Try to learn your roommates’ schedules and be considerate of their needs. Make note of what time they tend to wake up or leave for work, when they cook breakfast and dinner, and what time they like take showers. Then you can adapt your schedule around theirs (and they to yours), and you’ll all enjoy convenient and easy access to what you need in the apartment.

5. Delineate Chores

Apartments need regular maintenance on a regular basis– the trash must be taken out, the shower cleaned and the floors swept (among other things). All these tasks should not fall to one roommate. Instead, make sure chores are delegated in a way that everyone has equal responsibility for the space. You can either assign one task to one person (for example, you take out the recycling and trash, and your roommate washes the dishes), or you can create a calendar with rotating tasks so one person isn’t stuck with cleaning the toilet bowl week after week.

Once you know WHO you’re going to live with and HOW things are going to work, it’s time to figure out WHERE you’re going to live and NoFee Rentals is the best place to start – and end – your search.