Residents who plan on moving into a New York rental have a variety of different reasons for their move. Your reasoning may be to relocate out of an older building and upgrade your living situation, you may want a larger floor plan, or you may need a building that is closer to the office. Reasons for the move may vary, however, one thing that does not, is your number one “must have” for the ultimate New York rental. What are your “must haves?” Regardless of whether you actually write it down or not, everyone has a mental list of certain things they will not deviate from when looking for the ideal New York rental. As you take a look at these three potential “must haves,” be thinking about your own list.
Pricing and Amenities
Let’s face it. As much as many of us would want to say that we have other must haves on our list, price is often a major factor. If the price is not right, nothing else really matters. So, what is the right price for the ultimate New York rental? That figure is subjective to several factors and does take a certain degree of thought. You’ll probably need to write out a pros and cons list and prioritize by amenities. If staying in shape tops your list, consider the benefit of a New York rental that includes work out and spa facilities on sight. What about a washer and dryer right in your unit? This may not be critical for the single businessman who takes his clothes to the dry cleaner, but in a family situation, the convenience of a washer and dryer can often top the list.
If you work from home and can get in a workout, wash your clothes, eat, relax with a cup of coffee, and never have to leave the building then you just may have found your ultimate rental.
With the amenities in mind, you can look at pricing with more clarity. Sometimes an apartment that seems more pricey will save you quite a lot in the long run, just because of the convenience factor.
Location is a major factor when choosing any apartment. If you are planning on updating your living situation, you may be longing for a certain area, neighborhood, or block. This is especially true for those moving on to their second or third apartment. During your stay in your first New York City rental, you developed a feel for the city, found your favorite coffee shops, and most likely romanticized about the “perfect neighborhood” to live.
An apartment complex that is located near subways, food markets, entertainment, work, and schools can be heaven, and the ultimate rental for many potential residents. If the trek to work, school, or the market takes over an hour just to arrive, it does take some of the wind from your sails.
Natural lighting tops more “must have” lists than you would think. Many individuals don’t consider the need for natural lighting until it’s too late. Life in New York does include the four seasons, and a few of the months are known for a bit of dreary weather. If you are prone to cabin fever or work from home, a good amount of natural lighting can be your saving grace. When viewing potential apartments, think windows and skylights.
Whatever tops your “must have” list, write it down and make your apartment viewing appointments accordingly. Knowing exactly what you want will streamline your efforts and keep you from “settling.”