When you’re looking to rent a property, there are a couple of fairly major factors that you need to take into consideration. Namely, location and cost.
One other thing you also need to bear in mind is whether you want a property that is furnished or unfurnished.
Of course, if this isn’t your first home, or you were previously living in an unfurnished property and have lots of furniture to call your own, you may not have a decision to make. You don’t want to have to cram all your existing stuff into a furnished rental; you’ll end up with too many things to have to navigate your way around and it will end up looking like a junk store!
On the other hand, if this is your first rental home, a furnished house or apartment may be a godsend: dinner with friends would be a little awkward if the only furniture you have is the single bed and a fifteen-year-old beanbag that you brought from your parents’ house!
Yes, whether or not you have furniture is a good starting point on which to make your decision, but there are also other factors to be taken into account.
Furnished property: the advantages
- Hiring a removal company can be pricey and is just one more cost you will have to factor in to your move. If you rent furnished, this is one thing (and expense!) you can cross off your list.
- A furnished property is move in ready. Ok, you still may want to get some pictures for the walls and candles for the mantlepiece, but you won’t need to worry about sitting on the floor until you find the right sofa.
- Furniture isn’t cheap, so you’ll be saving money if you rent furnished. (Though it is worth bearing in mind that you may pay a little more rent for the privilege of a furnished property).
Furnished property: the disadvantages
- When renting, it’s of course expected that you will maintain the property. If it’s furnished, you will be responsible for taking care of that too.
- Existing furniture in a property may give you less flexibility. It could end up being a real pain having a large double bed in the second bedroom if you want space for a home office.
- Especially when it’s your first home, it’s nice to add your own, personal touch. To this end, you may rather be surrounded by your own belongings as opposed to furniture belonging to your landlord.
- If you do already own some pieces of furniture but find there is no room for them in a furnished rental, you may have to fork out for storage.
Other things to consider
If you opt for a rental property, make sure you ask all the right questions and get the full lowdown from the landlord or managing agent:
- Is the furniture compliant with regulations?
- Is everything in decent condition? Do all electrical items – such as white goods etc – work and have operating instructions?
- If the property was dressed for show with soft furnishings such as curtains, towels etc, will these be staying at the property for your use?
When it comes down to it, your decision is likely to be based on what items of furniture you already own, what you can afford to buy and personal preference but whether to let a property that is furnished or unfurnished is definitely a question that it is worth asking yourself before you sign on the dotted line.
To view properties for rent in Newport, get in touch with us here at Bluestone Sales and Lettings and we can show you a variety of different properties to help you make an informed decision as to your next home.