Do apartments come with furniture? Some do and some do not. It depends on what you want and need. This guide will bring you closer to making a decision.
Which apartments come with furniture?
Apartments that come with furniture are commonly referred to as ‘furnished apartments’, while those apartments that come without furniture are commonly referred to as ‘unfurnished apartments’ or simply ‘apartments’. The vast majority of apartments in the United States are unfurnished and thus that is typically the default (though it does vary considerably in different local markets). Furnished apartments, while not always, are typically more common in shorter-term leases where people will only be staying for a short-term and want all the furnishing taken care of. On the contrary, regular ‘apartments’ or ‘unfurnished apartments’ are typically found in your typical lease term (12 months+). What exactly are the differences between a furnished apartments and typical apartment.
Here are some of the major differences between the two –
Inclusions in the apartment
Furnished apartments usually include everything from furniture, beds, bedding, washer/dryer sets, and even basic kitchen appliances and more. The exact items included in a furnished apartment will depend on the type of place you rent and your landlord (you should ask what exactly is included). But in most cases, you’ll have everything you need in a furnished apartment. You simply need to take your clothes and essentials with you. This is of course very helpful if you will only be staying for a short while as it saves considerable time and headache to purchase and round up all these essentials.
Cost of rent
One of the major differences between the two is the rental cost. Furnished apartments are almost always more expensive than unfurnished apartments because they already come with everything you need. However, the higher cost of rent is offset by the fact that you don’t have to pay for furnishing the apartment on your own (and moving the furniture into the unit), which can also add up.
Choice of apartment décor
With an unfurnished apartment, you have the freedom to decorate based on your taste and preferences. But you may not have the same level of flexibility when it comes to furnished apartments because most of the furniture and appliances are already picked out for you. However, furnished apartments are the ideal choice for people who are not fussy about décor and want the convenience of not having to make difficult choices on their own.
It is possible that weekly or monthly housekeeping is included or offered as an optional addition to rent in a furnished apartment. The reason being that landlords know that those desiring furnished apartments are typically those staying for a shorter term (think hotel), and might require the amenities of a hotel such as housekeeping. Although it will cost a little more, this can be a great benefit to you if you are staying for a short term.
Should you get a furnished or unfurnished apartment?
The choice of a furnished or unfurnished apartment depends entirely on you. If you tend to move around a lot and prefer short-term leases without any big commitments, then furnished apartments are likely the easier choice because you don’t have to lug around heavy things with you. On the other hand, if you prefer to have a place that suits your style and taste, and you intend to stay for longer durations, then an unfurnished apartment may be more suited to your needs. For context, the cost of furnishing a two-bedroom apartment from scratch can cost upwards of $6,000.
Put simply, both furnished and unfurnished apartments have their own pros and cons. Before choosing between the two, consider your lifestyle, budget, and preferences to help you make the right decision.
Pro Tip: You might be able to save considerable money making your own furnished apartment by renting your own furniture from a reputable furniture rental company (if allowed in your lease). This way you have the relationship with the furniture rental company and while expensive, it might be cheaper than what your landlord is offering.