No one wants to live in the middle of a dusty, noisy construction zone, but then, no one who's shelling out for a renovation is dying to drop extra cash relocating while the work gets done, either. Another dilemma to add to the mix? While staying home for a reno gives you a chance to keep an eye on your contractor, some construction experts say the work will go much faster (and save you money) if crews aren't trying to tip toe around a family that's still in residence.
Three bedrooms (perfect for a growing family with grandparents who can’t stay away)? Check. Two full baths (so the adults don’t have to share with the kids)? Check. Great closet space (to hide the high chairs and Exersaucers now and the sports equipment and afterschool-activity paraphernalia later)? Check. A washer/dryer (perhaps the most coveted amenity for a family)? Check and check.
New York City apartments, especially old-school prewars, don't always have enough outlets in every room. So what's an overloaded outlet or two, right? While it's tempting, and so much easier, to set up a haphazard wiring situation, it's best not to get chancy with decisions that could, potentially, burn down your apartment (or your neighbor's).
Here's what you can probably get away with when it comes to power (over)use, and how to know when you're using too much.
Inwood one-bedroom with energy-efficient appliances and in-unit laundry in building with elevator, courtyard, storage space, and virtual doorman, $2,196/month + 8.3% broker's fee
If you're on the hunt for a new place and don't want to shell out a month's worth of rent as a broker's fee, scope out the listings at Naked Apartments to see a variety of no-fee and low-fee apartments with broker’s fees that top out at 9 percent (versus the typical 12 to 15 percent). We've rounded up current options in all five boroughs and in a variety of price ranges, and you can also search Naked Apartments by “no-fee” or “low-fee” to see more.
Your landlord is obligated to paint your apartment every three years, but what happens if they don't?
Over the past few months, we've noticed a pattern: a lot of people have questions about the paint jobs (or lack thereof) in their rentals—if they have to do it, or the landlord does, and what the ramifications are if nobody takes care of it. So to all of the paint-befuddled, here goes.
If you're renting to strangers—which is only legal if they stay for 30 days or longer, or if you live in the place at the same time—keep in mind these tips from two frequent Airbnb guests to make them feel at home.
Looking to buy on a budget of half a million dollars? Even in today's crazy market, it can still be done, and we've combed the listings for options in all five boroughs, from a Battery Park City studio to an old-school uptown co-op to a waterfront getaway right on Rockaway beach.
Q. I live in a 40-unit Brooklyn co-op, and we're trying to raise money for the building. We're thinking of selling the super's apartment and either relocating him to a smaller unit or outsourcing his job to someone off-site. What do we need to know? Also, he's unionized—will that affect how we handle this? And are there any drawbacks?
A. The short answer? Yes, a ton of drawbacks. This plan raises so many issues—from union regulations to the cost of selling his apartment, our experts say—that it would probably easier to find another source of income for the building.
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