You may be looking to rent a home or apartment and one of the big questions that people have is “Is it better to rent furnished homes instead of doing all the work on my own?” and the short answer is that both of these renting choices have their own set of pros and cons. In this article we will dive deep into the topic of furnished homes so you come out at the end of reading this knowing everything that you need to know on this topic.
Moving into a new home can be an exciting time, but it can also be a very stressful time. Nobody wants to go through endless frustrations and headaches when they move and renting a furnished home can either add to this stress or alleviate it, depending on the entire process you have to go through when moving.
Let’s now dive into all the pros of renting furnished homes, because we all like good news first and then towards the end we will cover some cons that you need to be aware of when renting a furnished home.
Pros of Renting Furnished Homes
Lower Upfront Costs For You
Renting a furnished home means that you don’t have to purchase any furniture or move existing furniture from your old home to your new one. But bear in mind that some rental units will comes either fully furnished or partially furnished, so depending on what is offered in the rental listing will determine how much furniture you will have to move into the home and in the case of a fully furnished home, you will not need to bring or move any furniture and will have everything ready for you when you move into the home.
So partially furnished homes will just require you to either buy what you need in the home or apartment or move some existing furniture from your old home to your new one. A fully furnished home will have the lowest upfront costs for you and will take away all the hassle and stress of having to go out and buy new furniture or call up moving companies to get quotes on how much it will cost to move your furniture. Moving is a lot of work and you want to make the process as seamless as possible and renting furnished homes can give you the peace of mind and satisfaction of knowing that you will be all good to go from the moment that you move in.
You can then take the money that you saved by not buying new furniture and put that towards your first month’s rent or simply just save the money so that you can have some funds available if anything comes up that you need to pay for right away.
Very Easy Moving Process.
There is a huge difference between having a whole moving van full of stuff and just having a few boxes to move into your new home. Life can get very busy and the more time you can save when you are moving homes the better. Packing up your belongings and easily moving them in a few boxes is what most people will prefer when moving and renting furnished homes can provide this quick and easy moving process.
Often no long term contracts
If you look on various rental property listings then you will find that often homes or apartments that are advertised as fully furnished are often accompanied by short term lease or rental agreements. This is perfect for anybody that wants to relocate to a new home in a new area for a short period of time, without having to move all their stuff.
If you are only going to be renting for a short time then it doesn’t make much sense to pack up everything or buy all new furniture for your short stay. That is why renting furnished homes is such a great option for so many people who are looking to rent a new home for a short period of time.
Perfect If You Are Unsure If This Home Is The One
This pro will not be applicable to everyone but it makes a lot of sense so we have included it in the list of pros of renting furnished homes or apartments. You may be the type of person that changes their decision often when it comes to the home that you are living in. You may even know some people that seem to be always on the move and every few months when you look them up on social media they seem to be living in a new home.
Renting fully furnished apartments is perfect for you if this is how you like to do things. Some people simply might just get bored of their current home and want a nice change, while other people will rent a home or apartment for a short period of time until their short term lease is over, so that they can get a feel for a few homes before they make their final decision on where they want to live. Or some people may need to move around a lot for work and don’t want to be bothered by moving a lot of furniture every time.
It will cause a lot of frustration, arguments and stress if you have to pack up all your furniture every few months to make a move to another home. Renting furnished homes would be ideal in these situations as the home will be all ready for you from the moment that you move in.
When you rent a furnished home the owners of the home will offer you assistance when it comes to the maintenance of their furniture and appliances. The owners will want to keep their stuff in the best condition possible so that they can get the longest lifespan out of their furniture. So if you encounter any issues that require maintenance with the furniture then the landlord will be a call away and will be able to assist you with whatever needs to be maintained. This will save you a lot of time and frustration if you don’t know how to go about maintaining appliances and furniture.
As you can see there are many benefits that you can take advantage of by renting out a furnished home or apartment, it is no secret that it is definitely the easier way of going about moving homes, but with that being said renting furnished homes does come with it’s fair share of drawbacks too. We think you should weigh up both all the pros as well as all the cons when making your next rental decision.
Cons Of Renting Furnished Homes
You Will Pay More In Rent
When landlords list their property unit as fully or partially furnished they will be able to ask from you a much higher monthly rent compared to if the unit was unfurnished. This is because the owner of the home had to put up their own upfront costs out of their own pocket to furnish the entire unit which makes the property more valuable and more attractive to potential tenants. This does not however mean that a landlord can charge any amount of monthly rent that they want, it’s just that generally furnished homes have a much higher monthly rent attached to them.
So when making the decision to rent a furnished or unfurnished home you have to take into consideration how much it will actually cost you if you decide to rent an unfurnished home and buy your own furniture or move some in that you already own. You will be able to save the most in the long term if you already have some furniture that you own which you can move into an unfurnished place. The moving costs will easily be recouped by saving on rent each month.
Lack Of Space For Some Of Your Own Items
If you move into a furnished home then it will be all decked out and ready for you to move in and start living. However you may have some furniture that you still want to move in with you on top of everything that is in the home already. The main problem with this is that often times the furnished home leaves you with very little space for any of your own belongings
You may have a favorite cabinet or dresser and you really want to have it with you for the duration of your stay in that home or apartment. Not having this space available may mean that you have to store it somewhere or leave it at a friend or family members house and you may be uncomfortable with that and really want to have that piece of furniture with you.
Some landlords may not even allow you to bring any of your own furniture with you which is another con, but you will just have to double check with your landlord first and make sure you read your lease/ rental agreement thoroughly before you officially sign the lease and move into your new rental home.
Hard To Find Long Term Leases
When looking at the leasing options for furnished homes, you will find that the majority of them are only available for short term leasing. This makes it increasingly difficult to find a long term all in one solution for your renting needs. Now sure there are fully furnished homes that are available with a long term lease option, but often the monthly rent in these homes/apartments are much higher.
So if you are looking for a furnished home and you want to be able to live in that unit for a long period of time, you might need to do a little bit of digging which will add to the time it takes to find a new home and settle in.
So you get home from a long day at work, you cook an amazing dinner, pour yourself a nice glass of wine and make your way to the couch, but in the process you stand on your dog’s chew toy and lose your footing and the glass of wine goes all over the brand new couch.
A situation that is not uncommon and one that you might find yourself in, the problem in this situation is that the couch is not yours and is a part of your furnished home and you will be held liable to pay for any damages to any furniture in the home. This can put quite a bit of stress on you as you will always be worrying about damaging the furniture and when you have guests over you will tell them to be extra cautious and overall it’s not a fun time.
Any additional costs of repairing damaged furniture or appliances will be added to the rent of that specific month, so just keep that in mind as well.
May Not Be Your Taste
Sure you will have many options when looking at the rental listings before you move in, but you are not always going to find what you are looking for and may just need to settle with something that is within your price range and in an area that is suitable for you.
This is not a major downfall of renting furnished homes, but it is something to take into consideration before you sign a new lease/rental agreement. You are the one that has to live in the home after all and it always helps when you enjoy your surroundings.
These are all the main pros and cons of renting furnished homes, it is now up to you to make an educated decision on whether you want to rent a home or apartment that is furnished or unfurnished. It will be well worth it to take all these pros and cons into consideration before you consider a new rental home.
If you have any further questions then feel free to reach out to us here, we are more than happy to assist you with any and all of your questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.