When you are searching for an apartment that fits your needs, you are presented with a number of different choices, that each have their ups and downs. One choice that you will have to make, is between moving into a pre-furnished apartment, or an empty apartment that you will have to furnish yourself. Read further as I evaluate the pros and cons of each option.

Pre-Furnished Apartments

  • In pre-furnished apartments, you are provided with the standard furniture necessary for living. A bed, several tables, a few chairs, and a possible desk will be included in the apartment; it'll essentially be equipped as a hotel room would be (a big plus for short-term tenants).
  • The provided furniture is usually of the same brand and follows a uniform style. This means you will be able to rearrange the items throughout your apartment without running into an unattractive design conflict.
  • If you are not already in the possession of furniture, you will be saved both the time and expenses of shopping for new furniture.
  • If you are planning to stay for a short period of time, do not spend much time at home, or do not wish to have guests over, you will not have a problem sticking with the included furniture; to you, a home is for sleeping and eating in, and nothing more.
  • The most obvious downside to this option, is that it will have a higher monthly rate than an unfurnished equivalent.
  • If you already have your own furniture, you may run out of space quickly when it is combined with the included items.
  • If you break an included item, you will have to pay to replace it. Costs such as this are often unexpected, and therefore dangerous to a low income household. If you were to make specific calculations, you'd find that the amount of money you've spent in both replacement costs and monthly rental fees, will be higher than if you had just bought the exact same item to own for yourself.
Unfurnished Apartments

  • In unfurnished apartments, you have complete creative freedom over the décor that you bring into the household. You do not have to fit in with a pre-selected color palette or material selection; it's completely up to you to bring out your inner artist through home decoration.
  • The monthly rental fees are much cheaper than the equivalent apartments that are pre-furnished.
  • If you already own essential furniture (i.e. a bed, table, and couple of chairs), then you will be able to live comfortably until you can afford more furniture (if you even need any more)

  • If you don't have your own furniture, you'll be greeted by an absolutely empty apartment. Unless you can afford a bed, or comforter at the very least, you'll have to get used to sleeping on the floor.
  • You must take the time to shop for furniture and decorate your apartment. If you are artistically-challenged, an unfurnished apartment is not for you.