Defining the price range, home size, amenities and perhaps commute equation, will give us a good starting place for your search parameters. Flexibility in any of these areas will increase your chances of locating a home. Your home finding trip should not be scheduled any earlier than 4-6 weeks prior to your desired lease start date. The New York City rental market operates on a 30-day cycle and should you visit earlier, it is unlikely that many of the properties with your desired move-in date will be available to be seen. But also, do not start search too late - two to three weeks prior to desired move in date will give you option of finding a home only in rental buildings, elimination any chance of renting in a Co-op or a Condo.