How to Rent a Furnished Apartment

How to Rent a Furnished Apartment. If you're on your own for the first time or need temporary housing, consider renting a furnished apartment.

Step 1

Determine the features that you desire in a furnished apartment, such as location, space requirements, rental costs, dates of availability and type of items to be furnished.

Step 2

Search for a furnished apartment through classified ads in your local newspaper or on Internet sites.

Step 3

Consider using the free services of an apartment locator or leasing agent; request listings of available rental properties that meet your criteria.

Step 4

Call selected properties to schedule appointments for touring available rental units.

Step 5

Find out if utility costs and such items as linens and kitchenware are included as part of the rental package.

Step 6

Check with the landlord about security deposits, storage areas for your personal items, parking facilities, available security and other features.

Step 7

Carefully review the terms of any rental agreement before signing.

Tip

For short-term needs, consider renting a furnished hotel/motel suite on a weekly basis.

Warning

Avoid long-term leases for furnished apartments if you're uncertain about the length of your residency.

Things You'll Need

  • Financial Calculator

  • Local Newspapers

  • Internet Access

  • Real Estate Agents

  • Computers