Friday, March 4, 2011

Really Big To-Do List

Ever since I accepted the job, I've been coming up with an incredibly long to-do list of what I need to get done before I move!

  • Give 2 weeks' notice - DONE!
  • Book a one-way flight (EEK!) - DONE!
  • Get American citizenship - DONE!
  • Get car passenger mirror replacement (it was stolen last weekend, JUST the mirror piece!) - DONE! $20.32 for the part, they didn't charge me labor because it took less than 2 minutes :)
  • Notify landlord of departure - DONE!
  • Apply for a U.S. Passport - DONE! (Had it expedited and just waiting for it to arrive.)
  • Accept a lot of lunch invitations from coworkers - DONE!
  • Plan a goodbye party - DONE!
  • Find a sublet/temporary housing in NYC - In Progress
  • Clean my car inside & out - DONE!
  • Sell my car (EEK!) - In Progess
  • Sell the few furniture items I own - DONE!
  • Donate anything/everything (books, clothes, etc) - DONE!
  • Pack what I'm keeping but don't immediately need into boxes - DONE!
  • Cancel: car insurance, renter's insurance & AAA membership - In Progress
  • Forward my mail (to my parents' house because I don't have a set address in NY yet!) - DONE!
  • Transfer $$$ from my savings to my checking to prepare for security deposit, first & last month's rent, potential broker's fee, etc - The money I get from selling my car will help with this.
There are probably more things that I haven't thought of yet but they will reveal themselves as time goes on! It's a daunting list and I'm glad I have two weeks in between my last day of work and when I fly to NY to get it all done. :)


Anonymous March 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM  

Your life sounds so exciting right now!! How are you going about looking for a place to live in NYC? Is there a particular area you want to live in?

Good luck! :)

Anonymous March 5, 2011 at 11:41 PM  

Yay! I made a big move about 1.5 years after graduating college. The one-way ticket was hugely awesome.

Good luck with getting it all done!!!

leslie March 6, 2011 at 12:17 PM  

Sometimes it is cheaper to buy a round trip ticket than a one-way; so be sure to check into that.

If you do buy a one-way ticket, you might get picked out at the airport since they (used to) deem one way tickets as suspicious.

Also, if you need someone to physically go to an apt for you or get keys or anything like that, let me know :)

MoneyMaus March 6, 2011 at 6:29 PM  

@Ness - Thank you very much! :) I've contacted some friends who live in the city to see if they know anyone who has a sublet or needs a roommate and I'm also using Craigslist. I'd prefer to be on the west side of Manhattan since my job will be in Midtown West. :)

@SP - Thank you! I JUST booked my flight...scary and exciting!

@Leslie - I ended up getting a non-stop, one-way ticket for $185. Not too bad! I'll let you know if I could use your help on the apt front, I appreciate it, thanks :)

Helen March 7, 2011 at 7:08 PM  

Hi MoneyMaus! I've been reading your blog for quite a bit but never commented. Congrats on your job!!!! I live in Manhattan (Midtown West too actually haha), working in the finance industry. I just moved here after graduating college last year, so let me know if you need any tips on finding housing/using a (no fee) broker, etc!

Also NYC really isn't as expensive as people think...I save an entire paycheck (I get 2 a month) without cutting back on essentials!

Carolyn March 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM  

SO EXCITING!!! When do you anticipate you'll be here? And where are you looking at housing??

MoneyMaus March 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM  

@Helen - Hello and thank you SO much! So far I'm just using Craigslist and friends who live in the city to try to find a place, but I think it'll be easier once I'm actually there.

@Carolyn - My one-way ticket is booked for March 26! I'm just checking out Craigslist right now for housing, hopefully in the UWS/HK/Chelsea or maybe EV areas? March 17, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

Get American citizenship ... that's no small task! (I've done it myself!) Congratulations on that!!

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