Frequently Asked Questions


What makes this service unique? 

West Village space planning - after

West Village space planning - after

West Village space planning - before

West Village space planning - before

We remove barriers between the apartment you have and the apartment you could have with the time and all the skills to do it yourself.

Our services tailor what you already own to how you use your space. We work with you to create a layout that makes your life more enjoyable, more comfortable, and easier. 

We get to know a bit about how you live your life as a whole before visiting your apartment. Understanding  what you do when you aren't at home we can focus on how you use your apartment, making it easier to edit for functionality.  By elevating what is important to you, coming home feels better.

Using space planning, home organizing, and minor repairs to transform the functionality of your apartment for a fraction of the cost, work, disruption, and time of a renovation.


I can't stand living like this for one more minute. What can you do for me right now?

West Village space planning - after

West Village space planning - after

We've all been there. By contacting us, help is on the way. We can refer apartment cleaning services and establish an action plan to managing whatever you're going through.

It took awhile to get this way. We've developed a  long term solution to apartment woes that takes 2 weeks of planning before beginning the physical work. In retrospect, you'll be shocked how fast enormous change took place. 

Inexpensive long term results require planning.

West Village space planning - before

West Village space planning - before


How is this different from interior design services? 

Hoboken space planning - after

Hoboken space planning - after

Hoboken space planning - before

Hoboken space planning - before

We offer apartment functionality services for people who are looking to make the most of what they have. 

New York at Home works with people who are looking to get more from their space with minimal disruption. When you rent, you are unlikely to invest the same way an owner might.  We make efficient use of your time by quickly turning your feedback into an action plan.  Changes in placement , decor, and editing of belongs are easy for us to plan and we make it easy to implement. 

Extensive planning is needed before moving walls,  upgrading cabinets, adding electrical, and replacing furniture. A few months of disruption is typical of a home renovation project that requires interior design services.  It's expensive because it takes a time for skilled artisans to plan and complete the work. 

With New York at Home, the transformation of most one bedroom apartments takes under 15 hours plus materials. This includes at least 5 hours of planning. 


I'm looking for home organizing. Is this home organizing?

Prospect Park South home organizing - after

Yes! An organized home is a welcome side effect of our method.  We work with you to identify your priorities and goals, which includes articulating your natural organizing style. We collaborate to organize your home in a functional way for the long term. 

Our focus is on you, not your stuff.  In order to strategically solve your apartment challenges, we emphasis planning first. Time spent up front creating your own guidelines simplifies the editing process, saving you hours of painful deliberation. We believe planning is essential to dramatic results that are easy to maintain long term. 

If you are simply looking for a helpful pair of eyes when editing your belongings, we're happy to provide that service as well. Just mention this when reaching out.

Prospect Park South home organizing - before

Prospect Park South home organizing - before


Can you help make my apartment more valuable? 

Yes. We help you assess how you use your apartment and maximize the layout for those activities. It's common to feel although you've moved into your apartment for a second time for a fraction of the cost of actually moving.

We also provide an economical alternative to a full apartment staging that keeps your apartment usable and comfortable while providing potential buyers with a welcoming canvas.

If you are looking for a roommate or to simply rent out a spare room (furnished or unfurnished),  we can make high return-on-investment changes together such as adding a comfortable pull-out and putting lights on dimmers. 


Do you organize closets? What about getting rid of clutter? 

Jersey City closet design - after

Yes. We offer these services because finding what you need when you need it is a big part of a functional home. 

That said, if items are just cluttering up our apartment, we would have donated them already, right? We help you look at belongings through the filter of function to identify tools as opposed to clutter. That old saying about trash and treasures couldn't hold more true!

Without the right storage solutions in place, living spaces can feel unwelcoming. With the right storage solutions, belongings can be both out of sight and at our fingertips. Finding small ways to create a sense of luxury for items used daily makes it easier to part with "just in case" belongings .

Jersey City closet design - before

Jersey City closet design - before


How long does an apartment solution take?

FiDi studio - after

FiDi studio - after

FiDi studio -before

FiDi studio -before

The transformation of most one bedroom apartments takes about 15 hours plus materials. This includes at least 5 hours of planning. 

The basic services consultation for a full apartment solution takes 2 hours. Reconciling how you live with how your apartment is set up involves several hours of deep work. Creation of an action plan takes a minimum of 3 hours (independent of you) during the week following the consultation. Two weeks between the consultation and the first session is ideal but since goals vary so does timeline. This schedule gives us time to work together on a clear plan so we make the most of our appointments and also find a cadence that works best for you.  

Our work will not prevent you from using your apartment while making adjustments.

The first session can take an hour or two if the work is limited, focused, and clear.  It is more common for the first session to take 3 - 4 hours followed by a second session. A third session is required for about half of our clients. Larger projects find ongoing monthly sessions useful. 

Link here for additional information about our concierge services if you are looking to give yourself the gift of time.


I have a house. Is this just for apartments?

San Francisco space planning - after

San Francisco space planning - after

San Francisco space planning - before

San Francisco space planning - before

We love working with houses! We've helped make the most of basements, garages, patios, foyers, attics and gardens as well as living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, closets, and dining rooms. Our approach is focused on you and your needs, be it a studio or full home. Making a home more functional sometimes takes the same amount of time as an apartment since more creativity is required to make smaller spaces accommodate all your needs.


Where do you work? What is your pricing structure?

We have clients all over the New York area, from the East Village to Hoboken to Larchmont to Times Square to Williamsburg.

A flat hourly rate of $150 makes it easy to focus on keeping you happy while doing the best possible work. We are happy to schedule trusted artisans and contractors on your behalf as part of our concierge services.

Our rates do not include travel time.  Smaller jobs that take under an hour are priced with this in mind. 

If you are plane ride away from New York City and love what we have to offer, drop us a note. We're open to opportunities.


How much does a complete apartment solution cost?

Our apartment solution services start at $1050 for a consultation and strategy document for a studio. Our hourly rate of $150 applies to time spent on your project. We work with you to set expectation around a budget during our first session. 

Clients who work on the project between visits should budget one month's rent for a complete apartment solution. This covers our time together, our time apart working on floor plans and furniture sourcing, furniture shifts, donation pick-ups, and  minor purchases. This excludes investments such as refinishing the floors or purchasing new furniture.

People looking to delegate more will spend more. The hourly rate applies to all work related to your project, be it a floor plan or waiting to accept a furniture delivery on your behalf. We can refer contractors to perform any services beyond our scope. We are available to supervise this additional work.  We can provide owners representative services for larger projects as well.