9 months ago - 3 minute read
When browsing properties online, you’ll usually come across two types of rentals – furnished and unfurnished. Both have their pros and cons.
Deciding which one you should rent ultimately depends on what you need from a home. While furnished properties are ideal for short-term tenants, couples or families tend to prefer unfurnished so they can make their rental feel like home over time.
In this article, we provide a run-down of what it’s like to rent furnished vs. unfurnished and what the pros and cons are to help you decide which one is right for you.
A furnished rental is a property that’s considered ‘fit to live in’ from the day the letting begins. Landlords can choose what furnishings they provide, but it usually includes a bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, sofa, dining room table, chairs, and tableware.
In addition to these extra furnishings, all properties let in the UK must have white goods, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, flooring, and curtains or blinds.
Renting a furnished property is an excellent choice for many people, particularly students or first-time renters.
With a furnished property, you have benefits like:
Renting a furnished property may seem ideal, particularly if you are a first-time renter. Everything is provided for you, which can make moving into your new home much easier.
However, there are some downsides to renting a furnished property, including:
An unfurnished rental property means the landlord only provides the bare minimum a property needs to be rented. This includes white goods, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, flooring, and curtains or blinds.
Besides these things, an unfurnished property is empty.
While it may seem like your landlord simply doesn’t want to provide you with any extras when letting an unfurnished property, it’s intentional for the market they are targeting. Unfurnished properties are usually more desirable for long-term renters who want to create a home or start a family.
When renting an unfurnished property, you can:
Unfurnished properties usually have a very specific target market. If you’re a student or renting with housemates, buying your own furniture probably isn’t as ideal as if you were renting a long-term family home.
Renting an unfurnished property has its cons, including:
If you can’t decide between renting a furnished or unfurnished property, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
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