Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of living in a furnished apartment versus and unfurnished apartment. Yes, it sounds easy to slip into a furnished apartment. All you have to do is unpack your bags and just start living. On the other hand with an unfurnished apartment you’re starting with a blank canvas and the first item of work is to mentally decorate the environment you’re going to live in. Then proceed to the process moving in the furniture to make your apartment a home.
As you can see, there are completely difference approaches for settling into a furnished apartment versus an unfurnished apartment, so let’s explore the pros and cons of both options. With an unfurnished apartment the first thing you have to do is select a neighborhood that’s right for you. Things you might consider are local crime rates, child friendly areas with good schools, proximity to shopping, restaurants and the location where you work. Once you find an unfurnished apartment you have a blank slate and you’re on your own from start to finish. The start of the process is the physical move, the boxes, the unpacking, the labor of getting all your stuff from one place to the other. Hopefully you have movers to ease this burden, so you can quickly get on to the interior design phase. If you already have furniture the task is to style the new apartment around what you already have. Undoubtedly, you may need to purchase some new items, for example if your miniature couch gets swallowed up in your new over-size living room… time for a new one. What if your less than lavished size bedroom fails to accommodate the king size bed you love, then you may have to downsize to a queen size bed. You get the idea, you have some designing to do to fine what is comfortable in your new place. Other than interior furnishings, there are items you should have addressed prior to moving in like, getting the utilities turned on, the electric, cable TV, internet services, switching the water to your name, and getting gas service.
Okay, now let’s explore at the what it takes to get you settled into a furnished apartment. Of course selecting a neighborhood is the same process for both options, but with a furnished apartment there is no outlay for furniture or electronics, you don’t have to hire movers, there’s no back-breaking work to move furniture yourself. Rather, the main consideration is going to be selecting a standard apartment as opposed to an upscale apartment. For example, they both will have all the necessary furnishing like a bed, nightstand, dresser, dishes, silverware, cookware, television, towels and linen. However, a more upscale furnished apartment may have extra items like ceiling fans, art work, window treatments, off street parking, gated entrances, security cameras, washers and dryers, or a laundry room.
Moving into a furnished apartment is almost a complete turnkey operation, you simply bring your clothes and some groceries and start living. The downside to renting a furnished apartment is the rent is 15-20% higher, you’re likely to have to pay extra to bring a pet, there is limited space for things you already own, so you’re stuck with the existing décor and none of it is actually yours. Another negative is, you could lose part of your deposit if you break or damage anything.
Moving is something you’ll probably do more than once over your life time, so consider your options carefully at each stage in your life. Start with the simple options early in your career, especially if you haven’t settled into your dream job yet. As you refine your taste and collect more permanent belongs then move to the more long-term solutions. Know what your options are so you can make an informed decision about what is best for you at each stage of your life.