Tuesday, July 30, 2013
NYC Diaries: 5 Tips on Moving To The Big Apple
Don’t move to NYC
This is my #1 piece of advice. New York is extremely pricey, no matter where you go. The sort of place that would go for $500 per month in the Midwest would set you back a couple thousand dollars monthly in the Big Apple. So what do you do if you want to reap all the benefits of the city without (literally) paying the price? Find an apartment on the other side of the river. Jersey might get a lot of flack for, well, for being Jersey, but don’t knock it 'til you try it. You’re probably not going to find something super cheap there either, but I can assure you that it’ll cost a lot less than anything in Manhattan.
Know when to save and when to splurge
Pinterest and paint to help you turn it into something completely different and awesome. And sometimes, thrifting is the way to go. I tried to find a very inexpensive bookcase for my apartment and ended up with cardboard-backed shelves that are pretty flimsy. Don’t make that mistake -- you’ll want your furniture to last long and be sturdy.
Always consider your surroundings
If you’re going to be living somewhere for any amount of time, you’ll want to get to know the area. Is your place near a supermarket? Are you close to a gym or fitness center? Are you within walking distance of a laundromat or doctor’s office? Are you close to a train or a bus stop or any other form of public transportation, just in case your car ever breaks down? These are all things to consider when finding an apartment that suits your lifestyle. One of my good friends used to live right above a nightclub, and it was the worst (and most headache-filled) time of her life. So before you sign that lease, think about where your place is located and decide if that’s a dealbreaker or not.
Make it your own
Stock up during sales
What advice would you add? What was your first place like? What's your decorating style? Be sure to share your story in the comments! xoxo
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--By Caitlin from Stream of Caitlinness
[Apartment building photo via We Heart It; other photos are of Caitlin's bachelorette pad, taken from her Instagram]