Advice on finding an aparment in New York City
June 28, 2005 4:14 PM Subscribe
I am moving to New York City this summer, and I have no idea how to start looking for an apartment.
posted by AlisonM to home & garden (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Well, I do have an idea, but it's all very intimidating. I've started combing through Criagslist ads, and while I've seen what seem to be some promising places on there, the cynical bastard in me thinks that I'll never find a place that looks as good as it does in pictures (and I'm a photo major, I know that crappy places can easily be made to look good). I've already been to look at a couple places (roommate situations), but I passed on the places that I was offered (one because I wasn't "feeling" the roomies, the other because it was a short-term thing, and she didn't tell me until after I went down to meet with her).
Right now, I live about an hour (driving) away, and I'm moving to be closer to school (I've commuted to school via train for 2 years, and I just can't do it anymore - door to door it was about 2 hours each way). I do have a full-time job at home, so I can't really go down during the business hours to look at places, even though I know this is optimal.
I'm 26 years old, female, and I'm looking to move to Brooklyn or Queens, or possibly somewhere in Jersey, as long as the commute is alright. I really don't want to live with a roommate if I don't have to, but I'm willing to give it a try if the situation is decent. I'm looking to move sometime between now and August 1. I can afford about $1,000 a month. I really want to avoid the August/September student rush (I've heard about this, but since I've lived at home this whole time, I don't really know how bad it is, or if it's just a ploy to get people to move in sooner. Either way, I'd like to be there sooner rather than later).
Has anyone been in a similar situation? Where should I start? Should I bother trying to find a place on my own through Craigslist or other classefieds? Should I just suck it up and go through a realtor that will charge me a brokers' fee? Does anyone have any advice? Anyone know/work with an awesome realtor? Should I suck it up and take a couple days off work to go down and meet with someone to look at places? How can I avoid getting totally screwed?
I don't know if this is Chatfilter or whatever, but hellllp! I simply can't deal with spending 4 hours a day commuting anymore, it nearly killed me this past spring. I'd ask the advice of my friends, but my nyc friends aren't going to be much help, I fear. You MeFites are the smartest bunch of people I've ever come in contact with (and I'm not just sayin' that), and I know there's a whole boatload of you in nyc.