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Best and Cheapest Movers in NYC

(Source: So Cal Metro via Flickr Creative Commons) Moving apartments in NYC can be challenging at best, purgatory at worst. From climbing fourth-floor walk-ups to steering furniture through narrow doorways and even narrower staircases, it’s safe to say this city presents a series of unique obstacles. You’ve jumped through all the financial hoops [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|Renter Tips|

Common NYC Neighbor Complaints and How to Deal

In the suburbs, neighbors are civilized to one another. They bring each other casseroles, pleasantly greet one another as they leave for work and chit-chat as they mow their lawns. OK, I might be generalizing, but outside of the city, neighbors tend to exhibit mutual respect and camaraderie. NYC neighbors, on the contrary, often become mortal [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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5 NYC Expenses to Kick and 5 to Keep

Life in New York City can be expensive. With endless options for food, transportation and entertainment at your disposal, it can be difficult to decide what to splurge on and what you can live without. Here are five expenses to kick and five to keep to help you spend wisely in NYC. Kick-It Expense #1: [...]

By |October 24th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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How Do I Afford Rent in NYC on an Entry-level Salary?

With median rents hitting $2,932/month in Brooklyn and $3,200/month in Manhattan, affording rent on an entry-level salary in NYC is not easy. But guess what, dear editorial assistants and junior tax associates? You and your entry level colleagues can do it. Young profs do it all the time. According to one StreetEasy report, new graduates [...]

By |October 17th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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No Gym in Building? No Prob! See Williamsburg’s Best, Cheapest Gyms

Once upon a time, Williamsburg was an off-the-beaten path, outer-borough enclave that lacked the staples of more traditional, less vinyl-siding dense places. Luxury condos and rental buildings, however, offered a solution to one of the neighborhood’s most lacking staples – gyms. Units in these amenities-rich buildings, however, came at quite a premium and were not [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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What Is My Credit Score and Why Do Landlords Care?

  Do a quick Google search for the paperwork needed to rent in NYC, or check Naked Apartment’s renter's checklist, and you will be floored with all of the references, paperwork, paystubs, and ID requirements that some landlords and management companies ask of potential tenants. The first time I tried to rent in New York, [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Renter Tips|

Budgeting Tips for Grad Students: How to Survive on a Grad Student Stipend

  Let’s face it. Life as a grad student is not always glamorous. Between the cost of tuition, absurdly expensive text books that you will never read again, and basic needs like food and housing, finding the funds to have some semblance of a social life may seem impossible. Even if you’re lucky enough to [...]

By |September 28th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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How to Find a Really Cheap Apartment in NYC

In the immortal words of Jimmy McMillan (source: Grace C via Flickr Creative Commons) Looking to land a really cheap apartment? Aren't we all. If your budget is low - so low that you're having trouble finding options on Naked Apartments - read this guide for tips. Some of them are tried, true [...]

By |August 24th, 2016|Renter Tips|
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Checking An Apartment’s Safety: It Starts With The Door

Prior to renting an apartment, no matter how great the space is or ideal the location, it’s worthwhile to check its safety and security. Here are a few things to check, starting with the door. […]

By |July 20th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

The Apartment Inspection

When making an offer to buy a home or condo, you typically have an “inspection contingency.” Within a few days of an accepted offer, you pay a professional or general contractor to inspect the house. If there are issues, you can back out of the deal, free and clear…  minus the $200 – $1,000+ you paid the inspector. Or you go back to the seller and renegotiate. When renting, when signing a lease and committing to live in an apartment for 12-24 months, there’s no such thing as in inspection contingency. You see an apartment, pay application fees and a deposit, and while you can do a final walk through before signing the lease, many renters skip it. Instead, your left doing your own walk-through, typically when you first view the apartment. So throw on your hard hat, put on your contractor-game-face, fire up our evaluation guide, and get ready to inspect. If you’re working with a broker, have them help you.   […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|