Turning Moving Nightmares into Daydreams
By Jose Useche, resident blogger
So, you’re making the big move to NYC and have some doubts. You know you have an idea of the drama that may accompany a new apartment in the city that never sleeps, but not in detail. More importantly, you wouldn’t even know how to avoid it. Well, we’ve got some reality for ya, delivered fresh from actual testimonies of NYC residents and their nightmare experiences. But don’t let these stories scare you into becoming a mom’s-house-lifer. We’re here to tell you how to avoid the issues our friends ran into.
“My mattress company had to wait five minutes for me to show up and then when I arrived drove away from me with my mattress and I had to sleep on the floor for an entire week because that mattress was on backorder.” - Caroline Gorland, actress
Hey, we’ve all heard “anytime from 10am-3pm on Monday” from the cable company. The fact is, we have lives. For situations like this, we recommend scheduling a day when you have no plans, or see if you can have a friend or roomie patrol the stoop with you. You can never have too much coverage when it comes to flakey delivery services! The real dream is to avoid the delivery all together and have your apartment come fully furnished. At Roomors, with our included Tuft & Needle mattresses, you won’t have to worry about any negligent delivery man leaving you to rest your head on our floors (though they are clean!). We got your back at bedtime. Literally.
“We moved in right after the place was freshly renovated and it wasn't set up with a cable for TV/Internet yet, so [...] the internet company had to send a guy to physically drill a hole straight through an exterior wall in our building, which coincidentally was in my bedroom. He wasted no time in hitting a water pipe and I stood in the doorway and watched a ton of water start spraying all over this guy and onto the floor […] I had to run downstairs into my building's basement and shut off the water for the people in the apartments above me just so it would stop. So one internet cable ended up being a three-day situation involving the internet company, my building supervisor, a plumber, and someone to patch the big hole in the wall once it was all fixed.” - Joe Kurzawa, designer
This is...unique. Whenever having something major like a hole being drilled in the exterior wall of your apartment we recommend having the super present. Sure, it may seem uptight, but as our friend Joe has taught us, better safe than sorry. Plus, hopefully with a building supervisor present the locations of vital utilities won’t be missed. I don’t know about you, but I prefer my bedroom walls hole-free, and at Roomors we can give you that, plus wi-fi is already included! Binge-watch to your heart’s content.
“We had a faulty/old part in our kitchen sink faucet. While my roommate was using it, the water pressure built so high that it caused one of the knobs to shoot off and our kitchen was flooded, which dripped into our super's apartment downstairs, which evidently also dripped into the landlords office below them. It took them two months after the initial flood to come and look at it and see what had caused it, and another two months to actually fix it. We had to wash our dishes in the tub” - Dottie Davis, model
Negligent or absent super? So not cool. Your super works for you, you are paying rent after all! A super, building manager or landlord should be available and easily contacted when needed. As for Roomors, you can contact us directly through text or email and we’ll get a repairman over to you before you even consider washing dishes in your tub. Did we mention all of our apartments have dishwashers? ;)
“Subletting from a guy who didn't pay our rent or utilities for months even though [we] always paid him on time, the electric got shut off and [we] almost got evicted.” - Maureen Edwards, teacher.
At Roomors, we like to see the good in people. It’s nice to assume positive intent, but when it comes to things like money, it’s important to get serious. Sign a contract, know your rights, and ensure your bills are getting paid! Feel free to contact ConEd or the landlord of your temporary digs to make sure your money is going into their pockets. However, not being able to commit to a year-long lease does not mean you have to sublet from a shady stranger-- it’s 2018 people! At Roomors we know sometimes your stay in the city is a relationship, not a marriage. With lease terms for as little as 3 months, skip the sublet and never shower in the dark when someone keeps your utility money. Oh, and utilities are included in your rent anyway.
Look, life is hard and things come up, especially in New York City. Sometimes you drop your cell phone in the toilet. Sometimes your mom keeps trying to set you up with her dentist’s son. Sometimes you are the dentist’s son. While some disasters are unavoidable, minimize the ones that happen at home with an all-inclusive, community-based, affordable living experience. Also, maybe give the dentist’s son a shot.