How to move to Boston
July 11, 2012 6:18 AM Subscribe
Please tell me everything I need to know about the logistics of finding an apartment and moving to Boston on a month's notice.
posted by Kriesa to home & garden (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My husband just got an offer for his dream job in Boston. He starts August 7, so we have just under a month to find an apartment, and make the move from Syracuse, NY. We’re long-time apartment dwellers, and we are currently in an 800sf 1BR. We’d like to find something similar in size, and we’re prepared to pay twice what we’re paying now, which would put us around $1,500 per month. Oh, and we need to find a place that will allow a dog. Is this realistic, or do we need to adjust our expectations?
I’ve been browsing craigslist, and at a casual sweep, it seems do-able, but I don’t have a gut feel for neighborhoods, and I don’t know if the places I’m coming up with might really be hovels, or land us with student-y neighbors who’ll be throwing parties every weekend.
Can we find something close enough to be on public transportation? His job is in South Boston/ Seaport/ WTC area. I don't have a job yet, so who knows what my commute will be. We were thinking of selling at least one of our cars. Bad idea?
Also: parking permits for moving? This is unheard of in central NY. I keep seeing passing references to this when I look up moving to Boston. When I look it up on the city website, it says you have to apply in person. Some moving company websites say that you have to be bonded!? Does this mean that DIY moving is not feasible for us? We’ve never hired movers before.
How is the economy doing in Boston? I’ve never left a job before without something else lined up, so that is making me a bit nervous. Please tell me that Boston’s not an employment dead-zone.
Any advice you can provide is much appreciated!