Where to Find “No-Fee” Apartments in New York City

October 15th, 2014

n: No Fee Apartment:

[noh fee uh pahrt muh nt]

A building’s owner or landlord pays the rental fee.

Are you looking for a no-fee apartment in New York City?  We know… it sounds impossible, but really it’s not. Your dream can become reality with a few helpful hints to use in your NYC apartment search.

  1. Search the internet to find a no-fee apartment.  Apply search filters including “No-Fee” and “Landlord Pays Fee” on popular New York City real estate websites like Naked Apartments, Apartable and Street Easy.

  2. Use Craigslist to find a no-fee apartment. Be resourceful and savvy in your search – as not every no-fee apartment listed is as “no-fee”. Some apartments can be listed

  3. Connect with your Network to find a no-fee apartment. Leon T., from Manhattan has found all of his apartments with no fee by using both his professional and personal connections. “Ask around – people know what’s coming up for rent in their buildings.”

  4. Ask your current landlord or property company if they’ve got any no-fee apartments. If you’re looking for a larger (or smaller) apartment and you are a good tenant – your current landlord or property manager may be interested in waiving the fee to keep you as their client.

  5. Skip using a real-estate broker to find a no-fee apartment. Brokers speed along the apartment search process in NYC because they often know about new leases (both no-fee and fee-based apartments), but they come at a price. Keep your options open when you’re searching for an apartment and go directly through the building’s owner if possible.

You’re Moving! Quicklinks to Change Your Address

October 9th, 2014

You’re Moving! Congratulations on finding a new place to call home. Before the big move, click through our CityMove checklist to update your address in all the necessary places.

  • Start by saving yourself a trip to the post office and change your official address on the US Postal Service website. With just a quick $1.05 fee, you can safeguard your information with ID verification.  Save time by selecting ‘family’ if multiple members of your household have the same last name and forwarding address. As a bonus you’ll receive instant access to $500 in valuable coupons.
  • Moving in New York? Update your New York State Records (including NY State Drivers License or ID Card and Vehicle Registration) through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Save time online at the DMV by using the online portal. Note: You’ll need your License number and Social Security Number to complete the online change form.
  • To have  electricity and gas turned on in your new place, call Con Edison Electric & Gas before you move. Con Ed lists what you’ll need before you call for service. It may take up to 24 hours for service to be turned on, so call their Customer Support as soon as you have your move-in date. If you’re a current customer, follow these steps but be sure to let the Customer Service Agent know when you will vacate your current address.
  • Schedule an appointment to have the internet, phone and cable installed in your new address. If you’re a current account holder, call your provider to ensure they can continue to provide service for you at your new address. Click on your service provider link to request your service and address change:
  • Time Warner Cable 
  • Verizon Fios 
  • Cablevision
  • Dish 
  • DirecTV
  • RCN
  • Don’t forget to update your address on websites that you receive or make payments to on a monthly basis. These can include but aren’t limited to financial institutions, mortgage companies, your employer, university, and more.

CityMove: Moving Done Right – August NYC Real Estate Round Up

August 24th, 2014

We want to make ALL aspects of moving in NYC easier for you. We’re recapping the best real estate, decorating, moving tips and need-to-know information so you can catch up on the fly.

Check out this month’s roundup- we’re particularly crazy about how Thrillist decoded the New York City rental vocabulary.

What Landlords in NYC could learn from their Madrid counterparts. Brick Underground

20 NYC Rental Terms and their TRUE meanings. Thrillist

Things everyone forgets to check before signing a lease. Cracked

How to Land your Dream Rental in NYC from the Experts. Douglas Elliman

Moving with Children: Tips from a NYC Psychologist

July 15th, 2014

Moving With Children: Tips from a NYC Psychologist

It’s important to prepare your children in advance for your move in New York City. It’s an exciting time for your family, and including your children in the process from the very beginning will help make it a positive experience.

New York City Psychologist, Dr. Lori Woodring, author of “My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move,” shares the top three things a parent can do to ease the transition and stress for kids.

1.  Tell your children thoughtfully.  Think about timing, environment and attitude before you tell your children.  Be sure to tell them as soon as you know the news is certain, set the atmosphere for a well-planned conversation that allows times for feelings to be shared and questions answered, and remember to be positive but honest (it’s okay to admit that it might be hard).


2.  Prepare your children for the move.  Get kids excited and involved in the entire process of moving, from researching their new neighborhood, community and schools, and decorating their rooms, to saying goodbye to the people and places they will miss most.


3.  Allow children to express their feelings about the move – good, bad or indifferent.  The more children express and label their feelings, parents can help them talk about ways to manage those feelings and children will be less likely to internalize or act-out negatively at a later time.

Moving with Children: Tips from a NYC Psychologist

My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move” is filled with engaging activities  and tips for children and is a guide for parents to stimulate meaningful conversations with their children while providing strategies to manage any feelings that may arise.

Win a copy of Dr. Woodring’s book right now!

1. Follow @CityMoveDotCom on Twitter.  2. Tweet about your tips for moving with kids or a picture of your kids during the move.  Tag #MovingwithChildren. Contest will be live until 8/31/2014 and winner will be selected at random from all participants.


Easy Paint Calculator: New Home Tips from CityMove

June 10th, 2014

Easy Paint Calculator from CityMoveFollow these three simple steps to calculate how much paint you will actually need to give your new home some color. (Be sure to check your lease to see if painting is allowed – sometimes you have to agree to repaint before you move out!)

1.       Measure. Get out your measuring tape and do the following for each room of your new home:

Use a measuring tape to accurately measure the length of your wall, holding it in the center of the wall, avoiding baseboards.
Measure the height of your wall from floor to ceiling.

*Note: You’ll  need to do this step for each wall that you want to paint. 

2.       Calculate. A little arithmetic will go far to help avoid purchasing extra paint.

Multiply the numbers together for the square footage of your wall. Repeat for each additional wall and add their square footage together. Divide this by 350 (the industry average per gallon of paint from the Home Depot.)

Sample Room:

25 ft (wall length) x 6.5 ft (wall height) = 162.5 x 4 (square room= 4 same sized walls) = 650 total square feet

650 total/ 350 square feet  in a gallon= 1.8  or 2 gallons of paint (per coat)

3.       Purchase.  Select your paint color(s) and purchase the paint gallon(s) needed, as determined in step two.

Remember to buy based on the priming and number of coats you will need for each room and it’s best to buy extra paint when you’re having your paint color mixed to ensure it’s an exact match.


How to Avoid Moving Scams in NYC

May 11th, 2014

“I love the moving process,” said no one ever. CityMove is working to change that, one move at a time. We get that it’s scary to share your personal info on the internet;  in fact we created this site years ago as a resource to take (some of)  the stress out of moving.

Use these four tips to help avoid moving scams:

1.  Only share your personal and move information with verified websites, who are clear that they aren’t selling your info. Some of our customers have learned this the hard way.  Safeguard your information!

2. Be smart about providing full payment before a move is completed. If a moving company is asking up front for your credit card payment- sound the alarm.  If you do prefer to pay online- be sure to have a written agreement.

3. Beware of scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Think about the investment movers should make- watch out for Craigslist scams, scammers create and user fake businesses to get you to give up your personal information. Craigslist provides general warnings and what you  should you find yourself in a compromising situation.

4. Read reviews. You like your “stuff”, right? Make sure it stays in good shape.  Select movers based on verified reviews from real customers. We feel really strongly about this, and invite you to read CityMove verified reviews.

Note: CityMove doesn’t share or sell your information to any of our associated movers. Your personal information is only shared with the mover when you accept their bid. To make the process simple for both our customers and movers, we manage the inter-communication, ensuring there isn’t email overload and that you can select your movers without any pressure or haggling.

 How to Avoid Moving Scams in NYC

CityMove Support: Safeguarding Your Information

May 5th, 2014


The Customer Support Team at CityMove.com is working 24/7 to provide you with a seamless and  quality moving experience.

A CityMove customer emailed customer support with the following inquiry:


I recently posted Job # 12345, and I listed my husbands contact information- email and phone number. I’m not sure how, but moving companies are calling and emailing me directly, not him. How did they get my information? And how can I ensure they’re only reaching out to him?

Thanks, Anne*

A CityMove Customer Support representative quickly looked into the issue, searching the technology database of CityMove, recognizing that Anne’s  information was not posted anywhere on the site. One of the benefits of using CityMove, is that your information is not shared with our providers until you have reviewed and then selected a specific provider.

During our review, and through conversations with the customer, we determined she was also working with a storage facility. We think this is where the “leak of information” may have originated. We recommend checking all fine print to make sure you aren’t in this situation.

We also asked Anne to send us some of the emails she was receiving and our Tech team was able to verify that the code was not sent through CityMove and this was a coincidental issue.

CityMove prides itself on transparency, and contacted Anne to gain approval to share her story. Not only did she agree, she hopes that her situation will help other New Yorkers! Thanks Anne!

Lesson Learned: Be cautious of where you are sharing your information and read the fine print. Ask any service providers you may use in your upcoming transition (movers, storage facilities, leasing companies, brokers) if they’re selling your information. If there isn’t a clear answer, be careful in sharing your information.

Editors Note: CityMove does not sell or share any customer information- including to the moving companies we work with. Your information is not communicated to a provider mover until you have accepted their bid. And  don’t worry, we changed Anne’s name!

How to Unpack in your New York City Apartment

April 9th, 2014

Simple Tips to Unpack your apartment logo

There are furniture and boxes all over your new apartment. The moments after your belongings have been delivered by your moving company can be the most overwhelming of the entire moving process. So where do you start? With a plan.

Label: Clearly label your boxes when you are packing to move with a number and room description. This will help set a specific destination for your belongings and ensure nothing gets misplaced along the way.

Organize: Move boxes into each designated room or space. If possible, delegate this task to your movers while they are bringing your belongings into your new apartment.

Delegate: Assign tasks to friends or family who are helping on move in day. Helpers like to feel appreciated, so don’t forget the pizza and beer. If you’re moving by yourself, prioritizing and realizing it’s not a race but a marathon will also help. This is your new apartment and there is no rush.

Prioritize: Start unpacking the rooms you’ll need to use first. Put toiletries you need in the bathroom, and kitchen items in your cupboards. Remember, you can always rearrange, but getting things out of boxes and therefore out of the way should be your priority.

Stay Private: If you haven’t secured blinds or window treatments, be sure to put something over your windows for the first night. Retailers sell paper shades, or even a sheet will suffice for the first night or two.

Build: If you have organizational solutions (bookshelves, shoe racks, etc.)  that store other items, begin by putting these together first. If you’re in a small space and realize this would help- consider looking into space saving and affordable solutions at stores like The Container Store and Ikea.

Sleep: Put linens on your bed before you’re actually ready to use it. It will be the last thing you want to do after a long day of moving and will be something that will make your new apartment feel like home. Consider your clothing, shoes, and  accessories as low hanging fruit. These can be put to the side and unpacked into closets and dressing furniture last.

Review: If you used CityMove.com to select your movers, don’t forget to give them a review on the site.We want to hear what you thought about your New York City movers.  Don’t worry- we’ll send you an email reminder a few days after your move.


Packing Tips for Your Move: Easy Moving in New York City

April 8th, 2014

Easy Tips for Packing in NYC

Congratulations, you’ve found your new apartment in New York City and moving day is fast approaching. Before you panic, here are a few quick tips to help smooth your move (yes, we did just say that).

Sort First, Move Second

The first step in packing for a move should be in completing an assessment of your current living space. Are you downsizing? Moving in with a roommate? Buying a home that you’re furnishing fresh? Decide what needs to be packed for the new space, donated or tossed, City Opera Thrift Shop will come pick up your donation items (if you can’t get them to another second-hand drop off) they’ll also donate leftovers to Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Make a List

Make a list of large items or furniture that will need to be moved. As you pack boxes or bags, label each with a number, add the number and a description to your master list. For example, #10- Kitchen Appliances, Utensils. This will help when dropping items in your new place and unpacking.

Use What You’ve Got

Be resourceful while packing and use what you’ve got. New Yorkers are known for finding multiple uses for small spaces, so use those strategies for packing too. Use towels to pack breakables. Keep clothes on hangers, place a large rubber band around top and cover with a garbage bag. Use (clean) garbage cans and laundry baskets for transport of odd-shaped items.

Ask for Help

No one likes the process of moving, especially if you’ve got a lot of stuff to move. Consider hiring movers to pack your stuff or ask your friends or family. It’s easier for someone who isn’t emotionally attached to your belongings to prep them for a move. Just be prepared to return the favor!

We Want to Hear from You! What’s the one thing you wish you did before you started packing?

Moving in New York City: How to Select Movers

April 5th, 2014

4 Simple Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mover

 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Movers

Selecting a moving company to transport your belongings is a critical step in the moving process in NYC. Moving your belongings from your old apartment to your new, can feel overwhelming since there are hundreds of movers throughout New York City and New Jersey and finding one that is trustworthy, reliable, and fits your price range is essential.

Ask yourself these four questions:

1. Do you need or want a moving company with a license or insurance? Check requirements of your new building in advance and confirm your movers official license by visiting the NYC DOT website. Some buildings won’t let you move in without proof – so find out what’s required!

2. Is the mover willing to commit to a set price before moving day? The last thing you want is all of your stuff in boxes – and then a big surprise. If you’ve given an accurate representation of your belongings and the distance you are moving? Then you should be assured that the price you are quoted is the price you will pay. That’s why CityMove asks so many questions ahead of time. We want your moving day to be as stress-free as possible. The movers have all the information they need to give you a confirmed price before you even pack a box.

3. Does your mover answer your questions? If you’ve got a last minute question, or change to your move, it’s important to have a mover who responds quickly to your phone call or email. You should know that the person who is moving all of your stuff is also a person you can reach within a reasonable time.

4. Have you researched the moving company’s reputation? Selecting a mover with a quality track record to move your  belongings is essential. Learn from other New Yorkers experiences by reading the CityMove.com verified reviews — only those who have actually USED these movers can leave reviews – and we publish them all.