If you’re looking to rent an apartment, you’ve probably asked “should I rent a furnished or unfurnished apartment?” And it’s a good question to ask. There are benefits and drawbacks to both options, but the right choice is usually a very personal one. Though furnished apartments are less common and usually more expensive, the hassle of buying and moving furniture make furnished alternatives an attractive option.
On the other hand, the flexibility to design your apartment according to your own needs and style are major pros for unfurnished apartments. So let’s take a closer look at the benefits of furnished and unfurnished apartments so you can make the educated choice.
Usually equipped with basic furniture, appliances, tableware, and bathroom accoutrement, there is some variability among furnished apartments with respect to exactly what “furnished” means. As such, it’s always best to check with the landlord before you decide on an apartment. Nevertheless, there are many distinct benefits to renting furnished apartments.
Moving into a furnished apartment couldn’t be easier. If you move a lot because of your job or lifestyle, you probably intentionally pack light. By renting a furnished apartment, you avoid the need to move large items like beds, couches, and appliances. And that’s one of the major benefits of renting a furnished place – moving is easy!
While rent tends to be higher in furnished apartments, the cost of furniture is saved. Even in the long term, renting a furnished apartment can save you money as you’ll never be responsible for the cost of replacing old or broken items.
If you have to relocate on short notice, or you’re intending on only a short-term rental, furnished apartments are a great option. Especially if you already know you won’t have a lot of furniture to move, a furnished rental can take the hassle out of last-minute move.
It’s obviously much more common to find unfurnished apartments. In most Canadian cities, these rentals include only major appliances (such as the fridge and oven) and sometimes a washer/dryer or dishwasher. There are also a number of benefits associated with unfurnished apartments.
Unfurnished apartments give you the flexibility to design your life as you see fit. You can style your living space according to your own personal preferences, and when you’re ready for a change, you have the freedom to make it.
Typically, furnished apartments are more expensive to rent and often have higher security deposits. So, if you already have furniture, it doesn’t really make sense to rent a furnished apartment – unless of course you’re looking for a short-term lease. With an unfurnished rental, you’ll also have more flexibility with respect to where you live and your budget.
Finally, when you rent a furnished apartment, you’ll be responsible not only for the apartment but all the furniture. If you have some kind of accident and stain or ruin the furniture, you’ll be responsible for replacing it.