Advantages and Disadvantages of Renting a Furnished Room

Advantages and Disadvantages of Renting a Furnished Room

It is time to move on. Whether you are leaving home for the first time or just looking for a new place to live, you might consider renting a furnished room. Depending on your situation, you might not have a lot of furniture to take with you when you move out. If that is the case, you are going to need to buy all new things, but does that make sense? Maybe you are better off renting a furnished room. Here are some plusses and minuses when moving on.

Advantages:

  1. Moving in is easy. If you have ever moved before, you know how much of a hassle and how expensive and time-consuming it can be to move furniture. If you move a lot yourself, you can save that dreaded phone call asking your friends if they can help you move. Moving into a furnished room is as easy as showing up!
  2. You may save a lot of money. This one is tricky. Generally renting a furnished room costs more than unfurnished. Do your research and find out what similar rooms are going for that have no furniture. For a short term rental, a furnished rental might be the best way to go. Over the long run though, you might be better off purchasing your own furniture.
Disadvantages:
  1. Higher Liability. In an unfurnished room, you are basically responsible for your things unless you put a whole in the wall! In a furnished room, you are responsible for everything. If you tear upholstery, scratch a desk or spill some coffee, you are responsible. You are going to have to leave the room just like you found it, so you are going to have to be careful. This might be a large drawback for some people. Make sure when you move in you document everything that is already broken or scratched so you won’t need to pay for later. Cell phone pictures might be a great idea if you can timestamp them.
  2. No Control over décor. If you don’t like how the room looks, you really can’t do anything about it. The only way you can express your personal taste is through wall hangings, and other small touches around the room. If the room comes with electronics, but you have your own, you can ask the landlord to remove them or just store them in the closet until you are ready to move out.
  3. Smaller selection. There are simply not as many choices when it comes to furniture rooms - even less if you want a place that suits your style.

These few tips should help give you a good idea whether renting a furnished room is the right fit for you.