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.
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.
Search for a furnished apartment through classified ads in your local newspaper or on Internet sites.
Consider using the free services of an apartment locator or leasing agent; request listings of available rental properties that meet your criteria.
Call selected properties to schedule appointments for touring available rental units.
Find out if utility costs and such items as linens and kitchenware are included as part of the rental package.
Check with the landlord about security deposits, storage areas for your personal items, parking facilities, available security and other features.
Carefully review the terms of any rental agreement before signing.
For short-term needs, consider renting a furnished hotel/motel suite on a weekly basis.
Avoid long-term leases for furnished apartments if you're uncertain about the length of your residency.
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