Is a Furnished Apartment Right for You? The Pros and Cons

There is a lot to consider when you are searching for a new place to live. Your budget, the location, nearby amenities and much more are likely big factors that are going to sway your decision. But, don't forget to consider the furnished status of your new place! Many properties today offer furnished apartments, which can be a great option if you are a first-time renter on a tight budget – after all, buying all your own furniture for an apartment can become pretty expensive. Choosing a furnished apartment means that you can just move in and start living there with everything that you need, but there are some things to consider before you make the choice. Is a furnished apartment the right option for you? We've put together some pros and cons to consider.

Pro: You're Ready to Go:

It's as simple as that – when you move into a furnished apartment, you don't have to spend the next few weeks looking for items such as a sofa, a bed, tables, chairs, and appliances. They are already there in your apartment ready for you to use. So, if you're in a rush and don't have the time to shop for furniture, it's a great choice. However, bear in mind that some furnished apartments might only cover the basics. So you'll still have to shop for items like a television, lamps, rugs, ornaments, wall art, bed linen, and anything else you need to make it your own.

Pro: It's Ideal for Short-Term:

Are you look for a temporary lease while saving up to buy a house? Or are you on a long-term business trip? Staying with family and need somewhere to live for one month or longer? A furnished apartment is an ideal option if you're going to say in the city for an extended period of time. Check out these apartment rentals if you're looking for a short or long-term accommodation in Chicago. These spaces have everything you need to move in and start living comfortably. In addition to Chicago, Blueground offers furnished apartment rentals in many cities around the US.

Pro: Save Money:

If you're not bothered about the type of furniture that you have in your home as long as you've got the basics covered and it's in good condition, then you could save money renting a furnished apartment. It avoids the need to invest in often expensive furniture items such as a bed and sofa, and when you move out, you won't need to pay for transporting them to a new place or buying new ones on top of what you've already spent.

Con: Higher Rent:

In most cases, you'll find that furnished apartments come with higher rent; this is usually because the landlord has invested more money into the property by covering the cost of the furniture as well. For some renters, it's worth paying the additional rent in order to save on the cost of purchasing their own furniture, but if you already have furniture that you could use then it might not be worth it.

Con: Lack of Choice:

Another con to consider if you're thinking about moving into a furnished apartment is the lack of choice and control you'll have over the furniture in your place. When you don't own your sofa, for example, then you won't be able to simply just sell it or throw it away to make room for a new one if you want to upgrade; you'll need to get permission from your landlord to store it or leave your new one there to replace the old one when you move. In addition, you'll also be liable for paying charges for any damage caused to furniture from your security deposit, rather than the apartment alone. And if the furniture doesn't match up with your décor tastes and preferences, you have little choice but to deal with it.

Con: Lack of Space:

If you already have furniture of your own and are looking to move into a furnished apartment with it, then this could pose a problem. There may be a lack of space for some of your own furniture items, leaving you faced with a need to get rid of it before you can move in. Or, if there is some room for your own furnishings, you may easily find that they do not match at all with the furniture provided in the apartment, which could become a problem if the appearance of your home is something that matters a lot to you.

When it comes to renting an apartment, there are many great reasons to opt for a furnished place. An apartment that comes with the furniture you'll need is an ideal choice for first-time or short-term renters who do not want to have the hassle and cost of buying their own furniture for their place; it's also handy for business travelers who need long-term accommodation. However, it's a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons to see if a furnished apartment is the right choice for you.

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Please Don't Ask Me To Network

"Who are you meeting for lunch this week?"

Without fail, my former boss would ask me this question in every weekly status we had. And I dreaded the question. Because my answer was generally a stammering "Umm… No One." Occasionally I could remember what I actually had for lunch. And almost always it was sitting in my windowless cube eating a soggy sad sandwich.

I didn't understand why "who I had lunch with this week" was worthy of being a topic on our weekly status. After all, I was only 6 months into this new job. I was still figuring out how to pull data from Nielsen. I was still figuring out how to write an innovation brief. I was still trying to figure out where the bathrooms were in this maze of a building.

And despite knowing this question would come up in every weekly status, I was reluctant to change my behavior. I didn't see the value in the question. I didn't see the importance of it in my career. I didn't understand why I had to have lunch with anyone.

Because I hated the idea of having to network, to meet people, to put myself out there. Because networking was something slimy and strange and weird and scary. It made my stomach hurt, my throat go dry. And I could feel a faint headache coming on.

Even Oxford's definition of networking only reaffirmed my fears of what networking looked like: the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.

Because please don't ask me to walk into a room where I don't know anyone. And stand in the corner sipping a bad glass of Chardonnay. Please don't ask me to slide my business card out and not so subtly shove it in your face. And ask you to do something for me. Please don't ask me to network. Because I hate networking.

And I used to hate networking (okay, maybe hate is too strong.) I still really dislike the term. "Networking" seemed about getting something from someone. Or someone getting something from you. A favor, a job, a referral. "Networking" seemed very transactional. And someone shoving a business card at you (which happened to me recently at event) only solidified by feelings.

And over the years, I came to really understand that networking wasn't about "the action or process of interacting with others." It was about building authentic connections. It was about meeting people who were different than you. It was about expanding my community. And creating new communities. It was tapping into more and more communities I could belong to.

And as I slowly started to change my view on networking- I mean building authentic connections- I started to realize my communities were more inclusive than I thought. My best friends from middle school. Former bosses. College Alumni I met after we had graduated. Colleagues from past companies. Vendors and agency partners I had once worked with. Colleagues I had once managed. As my family expanded, my husband, my two sister-in laws and my brother in-law. A whole host of fabulous cousin-in-laws. My baby brother as his career skyrocketed. And fellow parents in my kids' school.

I still hate networking. And I love building connections. And helping to build connections and be a bridge for other people.

Now, when I go to a large event, I try to go with a friend. We have a drink at the bar and then part ways to try and make new friends. If we don't authentically connect with other people, and we have made the effort, we always have each other to back to.

Now, I try to meet one new person a week at my company or in my broader community, or reconnect with someone I miss seeing. (This doesn't always have to be in person, can be text, Zoom or Facetime.) And if you can't commit to doing that, that you should seriously relook at your schedule. I thank my former boss for that constant reminder.

Now, I joined Luminary, a women's collaboration hub in NYC, which has been life changing for me. I am also on the advisory board. It's all about women supporting and lifting each other up- to get more money, get that next big promotion, or start their own venture. It's a built-in community of unwavering support.

Now, I am working on expanding my community of moms. Not too long ago, I worked up the nerve to ask a fellow mom in my daughter's class if she wanted to get together. She thought I meant a playdate. I meant drinks. And after one late night out drinking, I have bonded with a whole new set of badass women.

And all of these communities. I am there for my communities. And they are all there for me. Referral for a job at my company. Coaching on how to survive a bad boss. Advice on how to ask for more money. Supporting each other as we care for aging parents. Candid feedback on why they didn't get that promotion. Commiserating over a cocktail on which working parent had the worst week ever.

So please don't ask me to network. Because I hate it. And well actually I don't have a business card to give you. I haven't printed one in four years.