Moving to New York for the first time? Here are 7 tips to help you stay on budget.

1. Be prepared to sacrifice. In order to stay within your budget, you are going to find that of the three main selling points to an apartment; rent, location, size – most places in New York only have one feature. So you should base your search on the feature that you value the most.  2. Use Craigslist, but be careful. Although Craigslist is convenient, be aware that people often lie about location. People that post apartments often take the liberty of extending the boundaries of safe, trendy neighborhoods several subways stops and miles from their actual limits. So if you’re seriously interested in an apartment you found on Craigslist, make sure you further investigate its surroundings. 3. Broker Fees vs. no-fees. If possible, avoid using a broker at all costs. Although they are very helpful in your search, most brokers charge between 10-15% of your yearly rent--- yikes! 4. Prepare to pay. The average rent prices in New York are pretty shocking. On top of that, some people don’t realize the amount you have to pay up front. The basic formula is: first month rent + last month rent + deposit = payment upfront (may also include credit check fee). 5. Consider a month-to month rental. By not committing to a year lease, you can figure out how your spending will change and adjust your budget accordingly. 6. Get rid of what you don’t need. New York apartments are not that spacious, so when you are moving, try to get rid of the things you can live without. Sort through your belongings, and decide what you’re not going to take with you. If you’re the type that likes to save everything, having a yard sale or donating superfluous items makes it easier to say goodbye. 7. Call Reliable Van & Storage. You’ve finally found the perfect place, now how are you going to get all of your stuff there? That’s where we come in.  Reliable Van & Storage guarantees quality service at an affordable price, providing you with peace of mind during this hectic (and maybe even scary) time in your life. Choosing us as your movers means that you can be much more relaxed on moving day- you can look around, BREATHE, and realize that you are about to start a new chapter of your life in the greatest place on Earth!