We’ve been noticing in recent months that lots of prospective tenants who rent apartments in Liverpool, have been a little weary of properties that don’t have any furnishings. Well don’t worry, it isn’t the end of the world.
We’re going to split this post for landlords and prospective tenants.
Some properties that encourage first-timers may not have much, if any furniture. You’ll identify this type of property because it will be at the more reasonably priced end of the market. Although this isn’t always the case, some landlords will already have basic white goods and a couch and bed. Larger properties, can be be both furnished or unfurnished but as a landlord you need to be flexible on this issue. If you have a part-furnished or fully furnished property, it is easy to remove items dependent on the tenants requests.
As a landlord you should consider picking up affordable goods of that nature, and reconditioned or inexpensive white goods. You can either go the IKEA route with tables and bedroom furniture, or you could visit charity shops who have the most inexpensive larger items for sale.
Another tip would be to ask family, I know from experience that family members who have moved, or store lots of goods would welcome their spare furniture to be kept out of the way.
Personally with my Liverpool flat rent, I didn’t have much furniture but also didn’t wish to accrue any. The let was always going to be short-term, and I felt I’d like to buy new furniture once I purchased my first property. Anyway, I decided to ask my landlord to part furnish the flat to which they duly did. I specified what I’d like and before I moved in it, they fulfilled my request. What we’re saying is unfurnished or part-furnished isn’t a deal breaker, as landlords are in it for the long term and are very flexible.
The second possibility as a tenant would be to do exactly what most students do. I wanted Sky TV with a video (i know I’m old) and mini-hifi system. I went straight out and for less than £25 a month rented the whole thing. Businesses lease art for there walls, and landlords or you as the tenant can lease furniture at reasonable prices from companies.
Food for thought, but what we wanted to get a across is that flexibility is key.