What Are Furnished Apartments & When Should You Rent One?

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We all want our moving process to be smooth and easy, no matter if we have done it before or not. If you are looking for a convenient way to move, you might want to consider renting a fully-furnished apartment as your new home. Prices and how much furniture the apartment comes with differ from place to place, so you should compare and see which option is the best for both your pocket and your comfort. We want to help you make the right decision, so here we are exploring what furnished apartments are and list their main pros and cons.

What Are Furnished Apartments?

There is no clear standard for what is considered a furnished apartment, some are partially-furnished, while some are fully-furnished apartments. Most rentals in this category are equipped with a bed, dresser, kitchen appliances, living room furniture, and bathroom necessities. Some pre-furnished apartments might even have curtains, carpets, or utensils. However, you might want to ask the landlord exactly with what furniture the apartment is equipped, so that you have no surprises once you move in.

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Pros of Renting a Furnished Apartment

  • Lower upfront cost: If you don’t have your own furniture or you have to bring your furniture from far away, renting a furnished apartment will save you a lot of money upfront and you won’t have to worry about spending too much in too little time. The price of furniture can reach very high figures, and recouping the money you invest in furnishing an empty apartment might take you a long time. Balance out the numbers and see which option best fits your budget.
  • Easy moving: Having just a couple of boxes to carry around when moving seems like a dream. If you rent a furnished apartment, you won’t have to deal with moving companies, or with your friends complaining about back problems from your heavy furniture. Everything will be in place when you enter your new home and you will only have to add little accents and details of your own.
  • Flexibility: Furnished apartments are often advertised as short-term rentals, meaning they are perfect for people who have to relocate for business, for students who spend less than a year in their college cities, or for those who are not ready to commit to one place. Life gets crazy, and it will be much easier to move if you are not tied to a long-term contract and you don’t have to carry furniture around.

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Cons of Renting a Furnished Apartment

  • Higher monthly rent: The main downside of a rental furnished apartment is that rent is higher. If you have your own furniture and you don’t mind moving it, the extra money you must pay for renting a furnished apartment might not be justified. If you don’t have furniture but you’re looking for long-term renting, you might want to invest in furniture of your own. Moving into an unfurnished apartment will save you some money monthly and, in time, you will regain what you paid for the furniture.
  • Damaging furniture: If you spill coffee on the sofa, break one chair, or your beloved pet scratches the dresser, you will have to pay some fees for damaging the furniture that comes with the apartment. These will be additional costs that add up to the already higher cost of rent. When the furniture is your own, you only have to answer to yourself.
  • Furniture quality: One major risk of renting furnished apartments is that you don’t know how used or damaged the furniture is. Some of it might be unclean or downright unusable. Even more, not all furniture will fit your taste, so you might end up browsing apartments for rent for a long time before finding something to suit your personality or lifestyle. When you do, you might have to compromise something else—location, space, or amenities. It’s always easy to bring some personal touches and accents, but furniture is an important part of your home and you don’t want to overlook it.

How to Look for Furnished Apartments

If you decide to rent a furnished apartment, go to RentCafe, search by location and apply the filter “furnished” to your search. Find the perfect apartment in your desired location and start this new chapter of your life!

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Mihaela Buzec is a senior writer and online content developer for RentCafe. She covers topics about everything related to the renting lifestyle, from decorating and interior design to finding the right apartment, frugal living, money saving advice, and more. She dives deep into topics of interest, writing well-researched comprehensive guides on subjects such as renting with pets, saving on utilities, or avoiding rental scams to help renters stay informed and live smart.

Mihaela holds a BA in English and German Language and Literature, an MA in Current Linguistics, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in neurolinguistics.

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