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Is an unfurnished apartment worth the hassle?

The location's great, the space is great, the interior's well designed... but if there's one thing that can put you right off an otherwise great apartment, it's the fact that the current tenant will be taking the furniture with them when they move out. Yes, that's right, the dreaded unfurnished apartment dilemma.

Is an unfurnished apartment worth the hassle?

So you've fallen in love with a place, but it's hard to overlook the expense and effort of furnishing it. Here are some of the pros and cons to consider when thinking about renting an unfurnished apartment...

The pros

  • You get to put your own mark on the property. That is, you get to design and furnish the interior however you like. And there's no grotty old sofa that smells like cigarette smoke... everything will be yours and yours alone.
  • The landlord is likely to offer a better price for an unfurnished apartment than a furnished one.
  • Because fewer tenants will be interested in renting an unfurnished apartment, there may be room for a little negotiation on rental price.

The cons

  • Furnishing a property is likely to be expensive, even if you do look for second hand items. Expect to spend upwards of £1,000.
  • Moving in will be a complicated process. You're likely to need to be around a lot at the beginning to organise deliveries and fittings.
  • What will happen when you move out? It can be difficult to find unfurnished apartments, and you may need to shell out to put your furniture into storage.

In conclusion

Choosing to rent an unfurnished apartment is a big decision, given the costs involved. However, if you intend to buy a property after renting this one, it's a good way to spread the costs of moving into your own home. Ultimately, whether renting an unfurnished apartment is a good idea or not depends on your circumstances.

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