The biggest mistakes when you want to rent an apartment in New York City?
1. Not being prepared:
You have to have all your paperwork in order and ready to go. Employment letters, proof of income, landlord references, tax returns, guarantor information if necessary, etc. There is much more that needs to be reviewed in detail. Find out all about your paperwork requirement from RDNY.com’s excellent and acclaimed renter’s guide; The Essential Guide for Smart Renters. It free, so look at it right now.
2. Not being flexible about your needs:
Did your parent’s friends tell you to stay away from the West 40s? Sure it was “Hell’s Kitchen”. Now it’s a hot neighborhood and completely safe. Did you always think that Manhattan really starts below 96th Street? Think again.
Manhattan, and all of New York City has changed dramatically in the past 10, 15, and 20 years. Be open and be flexible. Don’t be afraid to look around. Don’t be afraid to look at apartments in Bronx or apartments for rent in Manhattan. Get out there and look around.
One of the best parts of using RDNY.com is that you will have access to listings in 140 New York City neighborhoods. Using RDNY.com makes it easy to be flexible.
3. Not acting when you see the right apartment:
Sometimes, the best apartment you see is the first apartment you see. But you will drive yourself crazy if you don’t feel like you did your homework, so you will pass on that apartment and go looking, and looking, and looking. Then it hits you – you saw the right apartment on day 1, but now it’s gone.
Resist the temptation to look at more than 10 or 15 apartments. Be willing to act as soon as you feel the apartment meets you needs.
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