Singles : Furnished vs. Unfurnished?

Google / MgmtJebtkhf
Dec 5, 2018 14 Comments

Single people who live alone:

I am new to the bay area and looking for housing options...

unfurnished tends to be a little bit cheaper but I’m afraid I will be carrying around a lot of stuff.

In your experience, is going unfurnished or furnished better?


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TOP 14 Comments
  • Apple / EngIron Hide
    Unfurnished. You don’t want to move into an apartment with couch and mattress infected with bed bugs.
    Dec 5, 20180
  • Intel / Engpleb
    I've rarely seen furnished places. Usually short term. Probably for sex workers. I don't think you want to lay your head on a cum stained pillow.

    Better look for unfurnished and clean. Keep it minimalist and get some cheap Ikea stuff if you don't plan to stay in one place for long. I didn't furnish my bedroom until I had a reason. Slept on the couch. The moving cost will be higher than the value of the furniture.
    Dec 5, 20185
    • Easy to buy own pillows and sheets.
      Dec 5, 2018
    • Google L7@AWS
      You can hire movers to move a lightly furnished 1br for under $500......
      Dec 5, 2018
    • I'd rather pay $50 and not have to deal with moving furniture at all.
      Dec 5, 2018
    • Intel / Engpleb
      You can buy sheets and pillows but what if they did pee play in bed ? You need a mattress too.

      I paid that for same city moving a couple of years ago. If you move 30 miles away and have more stuff it can double.
      Dec 5, 2018
    • Ehh... My pee, their pee, same thing
      Dec 5, 2018
    If you're not getting a furniture budget as a part of your relo package, I would calculate cost of furniture (say, from ikea, cause it's cheap and reliable), divide by 18. Calculate which is cheaper based on that. 18 months is an arbitrary number of months -- your convenience/cost tradeoff might be different.
    Dec 5, 20180
  • Cadence / R&Dchangename
    Unfurnished and get movers in case you have to move. Buy your furniture.
    Dec 5, 20180
  • Cisco B-Intern
    Unfinished. Buy IKEA-like furniture
    Dec 5, 20181
    • Amazon / Product


      This. And then when you’re done with them, it won’t matter because it was so cheap. You’d have gotten the full value from all of it. That’s what I did anyway... for every move
      Dec 5, 2018
  • Google / MgmtJebtkhf
    Thank you so much!!!!!! Super helpful
    Dec 5, 20180
  • VMware BobbleHat
    Buy and sell from cl. Almost free
    Dec 5, 20180
  • Financial Engines / Datafrugalguy
    Unfurnished. Get entry range Ikea furniture or even better look up Ikea furniture on Craigslist.
    Dec 5, 20180

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