What Comes in a Furnished Apartment?November 6th, 2009 by Lisa Bernstein
A furnished apartment contains the things you will need to live comfortably during your stay. Depending on the landlord’s target market, your apartment may come with more than basic furnishings. What’s included is usually determined by your needs and the rental fee. Below is a list of some of the more common things you will find in a furnished apartment.
Every furnished apartment comes with furniture. The type and amount of furniture you can expect to find varies depending on who the landlord is catering to. Executive rentals generally provide more upscale furniture, while college-oriented rentals meet the more basic needs of a student.
Your bedroom will come with a bed, nightstand, lamp, hangers and a chest of drawers or armoire for your clothes. Decorative items, such as plants and pictures may be available in some furnished apartments. Other furnished apartments offer additional options including a desk for work or studying, a clock radio, a comforter, sheet sets and pillows.
2. Living Room
At the very least, you will have a sofa, cocktail table, end table, lamps and a television. Some furnished apartments include more consumer electronics, such as a stereo system, telephone, answering machine, fax machine, video game system and DVD player.
3. Dining Area
The dining area will include a dining table and chairs. You may also have a chest filled with table linens, dinnerware, flatware, and glassware.
At a minimum, your bathroom will have a shower curtain, towels and a bath mat. Bathroom accessories, such as a cup, toothbrush holder, tissue holder and wastebasket may also be included.
Basic housewares are always included. But you may receive a wide variety of additional housewares from small electrics to cookware. Electrics may include a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, food processor, blender and can opener.
For cooking you may receive a cookware set and bakeware. Kitchen accessories will include items such as a measuring cup and spoons, mixing bowls, spatulas, vegetable peeler, strainers and food storage containers. Other items often included for your convenience are serving utensils, salt and pepper shakers, pot holders and dish towels.
You’ll need to keep your apartment and belongings clean and tidy, so maintenance supplies often come with a furnished apartment.
The most common cleaning supplies are a broom and dustpan, mop and pail, and a vacuum cleaner.
Basic laundry supplies may be included for your use. A laundry basket, hamper, iron and ironing board are typical.
Since a furnished apartment is like a ready-made home, many of the conveniences of home are available. Some may be standard and others may be available at your request.
Common utilities are telephone service, Internet access, satellite TV, cable, electricity, water and gas.
You may also be able to order housekeeping services. Usually such services cost extra and consist of apartment cleaning and delivery of freshly laundered towels and sheets.
Lisa Bernstein: As a long-time apartment dweller and seasoned condominium trustee, I have dealt with numerous landlord-tenant, property management, and day-to-day apartment complex issues. My extensive, direct experience has led to invaluable insights into apartment life from both the tenant and management perspectives.