Tips for Moving to New York City

March 13,2018 | By Hillel Realty Group

Make Your Move to New York Less Stressful

New York City’s diverse culture promises new beginnings, stories, and more opportunities. The hustle and bustle of the Big Apple are not for everybody though. If you’re considering moving to New York, do your research first, because life here is different. Not knowing what expect before you move, only results in frustration and stress. Take a look at our tips for moving to New York City and start planning today!

  1. Visit the city first.

Some people choose to move to NYC but never visit before they make the investment. The best way to know if you’ll like living here is to make a long visit. Staying for an extended number of days gives you time to see the city during all hours and look past the touristy areas.

  1. Find a job.

While New York City promises so much, it is a mistake to move here without securing a job. Everything costs more, and it is the most populous city in the country, which means competition is fierce. On your initial visit, start to scout for possible job opportunities, even if they are short-term solutions. You’ll be thankful to have an income so soon after you move.

  1. Know what you can afford.

In NYC, renting an apartment is your most significant expense. What you may get in your town for a reasonable amount often costs double. Look at apartments for rent online to see what type of living space you can expect on your budget.

  1. Decide what kind of vibe you want.

New York City consists of five different boroughs, and each delivers a different type of vibe. On your initial visit, make it a point to see all of them so that you can pick the location that best suits you.

  1. Pick a trustworthy broker.

In most cases, renting an apartment in New York requires you to work with a broker. Do some research online to find a reputable broker that you can trust from the beginning.

  1. Hire professional movers.

Moving to New York City means you have to battle for a parking spot, have somebody watching your unlocked vehicle at all times, and make many trips up and down stairs. By hiring a professional moving company, you don’t have to worry about any of these details because they do all of the work for you.

  1. Less is often better.

Living spaces are typically small in New York City. Before you move, purge items you haven’t touched in the past six months to a year. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself taking things to the dumpster so you can open the door to your apartment.

  1. Reconsider owning a vehicle.

Most New Yorkers don’t own a vehicle. Instead, they rely on public transportation to get where they need to be. The truth is, having a car often limits you to certain living places and the cost to store it quickly adds up.


Whether you are moving to New York City for a career, education, or better opportunities, know what to expect before you make the trip. Let Hillel Realty help you make the search for your NYC home a breeze!