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Guide to NYC

New NYC Apartment Checklist

November 21, 2019

Congratulations! You made it through a successful NYC real estate search and just signed a lease for your new apartment! Before you can rest easy in the city that never sleeps, here is everything you need to coordinate to be completely set up in your new abode. 

Power up your place with Con Edison for gas and electric. 

Con Edison supplies all gas and electric for New York City residences. If you sign a lease in the five boroughs, you can contact Con Ed to transfer the account to your name. The process of setting up a new account is surprisingly simple on their website, Because they power all of New York City, rest assured your address will be covered. After transferring the account to your name, you can set up automatic payments, streamlining the process, and further simplifying your life in New York.

Connect your new home to WiFi and cable. 

There are several internet and cable companies which service NYC, including Verizon, Spectrum, and RCN, among others. Your best bet is to do some research and find the one that best suits your needs. If you decide to go with Spectrum, step into their store in the Financial District on Broadway or Flatiron on West 23rd Street, or any of their other New York locations, easily found on their website. Make an appointment with them so you can have cable, internet, and even phone service set up the day you move in.

Get the perfect look for your new apartment with new furniture delivery.

They say you can get anything delivered in New York City. Fortunately, this includes furniture. Just don’t assume that every bed frame will fit through every door frame. New York apartments often do not adhere to standard measurements. The perfect couch could become an impossibility if a hallway is too narrow. Double-check all measurements so that you know every piece you order will get into and fit into your apartment without issue. And remember that transporting furniture in the city can be a harrowing experience, so take advantage of any in-store options. Most furniture stores in the New York City area offer delivery for a nominal fee. 

Out with the old, in with your new New York City address! 

Ready to show off your new zip code and not miss a single piece of mail? Then make sure you officially change your address. The United States Postal Service allows you to do this on their website with a simple six-step process. You can complete this process three months before the date it goes into effect, so check this one off the list well before your move and have one less thing to worry about. As a bonus, the USPS change of address website will prompt you to change your voter registration to your new address as well! 

Protect your place with renters insurance.

Renters insurance protects your home against major disasters like fire or flood. It also covers smaller NYC woes like broken laptops, bed bugs, and other things, which you can read about in 13 Things You Didn’t Know Were Protected by Renters Insurance. It is a must for city-living peace of mind.

Just starting your search for an apartment in New York? Learn what each listing is saying with our A-Z Real Estate Dictionary for NYC Rentals.

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