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How to distinguish between semi-furnished furnished and fully furnished apartment

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  • How to distinguish between semi-furnished furnished and fully furnished apartment

    How can buyers actually distinguish between a semi-furnished, furnished and a fully furnished apartment? As we all know that there is no standard rule separating such houses. What amount of amenities separate them?








    Last edited February 22 2019, 09:42 AM.
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    Well it is never a rule which is set for houses which is followed by everyone so the owners have there own defination for semi-furnished, Furnished and fully-furnished apartment but yes the money they take is is more for fully-furnished rather then taking for semi-furnished.

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      Shipra87 yes, that is one thing altogether - nothing defined! Still there must be something that separates one from another in the local market.

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        A Semi-furnished house has nothing much to offer and just has amenities, or rather necessities like lights and fans in all rooms, with working taps. Semi-furnished flats don't usually come with shelves or cupboards.
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          Malvish Thanks. So technically they are nothing more than bare-shell flats, right?

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            mmalhot yes, you can say that.
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              Thanks. What about a furnished flat. What all things are included?

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                A furnished flat is one that may contain cupboards and shelves, cabinets, a modular kitchen apart from lights and fans. You could negotiate with the landlord to provide to put in some more amenities like an air-conditioning at no extra cost. However it is not necessary that the landlord would provide all the things mention and you may find negotiating for one or more of them.
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                  Re : How to distinguish between semi-furnished furnished and fully furnished apartment

                  From the web -



                  Semi-furnished/furnished/fully-furnished apartment: How are they different?


                  There is a difference between a semi-furnished apartment and a furnished apartment. However, in absence of a proper yardstick, prospective tenants should select wisely, depending upon the amenities, their budget and their needs

                  Most builders often develop bare-shell apartments and hand it over to their occupants. The buyers, based on their needs and budget, either choose to start living in these or rent it out to prospective tenants. Consequently, newly-developed residential destinations, generally have a healthy mix of ready-to-move-in residential apartments, for those seeking rental accommodation. Based on the amenities available, these apartments are generally categorised as ‘fully furnished’, ‘furnished’ or ‘semi-furnished’.

                  Semi-furnished apartment


                  This category of housing is very similar to bare-shell apartments, with minimum basic amenities such as lights and fans. These apartments may or may not have a shelf or cupboard in all its rooms.

                  A furnished apartment


                  The term can be confusing at times. This is not a definitive term and does not bind an owner to provide the exact number of amenities to his tenant. Most often, this term means that the apartment will have cupboards and shelves, cabinets, a modular kitchen and lights and fans. If you are looking for something more, you should negotiate with your landlord. If he is willing to put an air-conditioning system within the same cost, consider yourself lucky.

                  Fully-furnished apartment


                  A fully-furnished apartment, however, may have all of the above, including air-conditioning and water heaters in the bathrooms. In addition to these, if the apartment is a serviced apartment, it will be run like a hotel, with the assistance of a facility management team. A serviced apartment will have all kinds of amenities in the rooms – the kitchen will stocked with grocery and regular kitchenware including a refrigerator and microwave oven, the rooms will have bed linen and extra towels and the apartment will also have a telephone connection.

                  In India’s rental market though, serviced apartment projects are few. In the rental market, home owners generally limit themselves to providing a ‘furnished’ apartment. Suraj Kumar, a Noida-based broker, says, “A fully-furnished apartment is difficult to find in our cities. Only serviced apartments provide that kind of services. Largely, you will only find furnished apartments, with limitations and the tenant will have to make provisions for other important things.”

                  Difference between various categories of furnished apartments
                  While there is visible difference in these three categories, the apartments also differ in rental rates. In general, there is a difference of around 10%-15% in rental values, between a bare-shell apartment and a furnished apartment. On the other hand, the rental rate of a fully-furnished apartment or a serviced apartment may be many times higher.
                  Manish Mishra, a facility manager with a large company and based out of Jaipur, explains that “The rental rate of a serviced apartment or a fully-furnished apartment, may be on the higher side and is often meant for people with deep pockets or business travellers. The demand for such units mostly comes from foreign tourists who wish to reside here for medium to long term.” Often a fully-furnished apartment is customised on demand and as per the request of the tenant.

                  Which type of apartment should you opt for?


                  If you are a landlord, the idea of a furnished apartment makes sense, if you wish to earn more as rental income.
                  The cost of furnishing the apartment, can be recovered within a period of 1 to 1.5 years. “Chances are that if you get a decent tenant, who keeps your apartment clean and cares for the belongings and furnishings, there will be minimum requirement for maintenance once he leaves. This way you can earn and save,” Kumar points out.
                  From the tenant’s perspective, a furnished apartment makes sense, if one has moved to a city only for a short period. Students can also look for such apartments.
                  The extra cost of Rs 2,000-5,000 per month on furnishings, will at least take care of the basic amenities. Nevertheless, the choice is subjective and depends on one’s needs.
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                    Re : How to distinguish between semi-furnished furnished and fully furnished apartment

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                    Difference between Furnished, Semi-Furnished and Fully-Furnished Apartment
                    Furnished, semi-furnished and fully-furnished are among the most common terms in the real estate sector. And buyers or tenants at times do get confused with the terms while selecting units.

                    Hence, the buyers or the tenants need to understand the difference between the three kinds of apartments.

                    So let’s understand the difference:

                    A furnished apartment: this at times becomes confusing to understand. Furnished apartment refers to such that comprise of cabinets, modular kitchen, shelves, cupboards, lights and fans. If you are looking for something more then you need to connect with your landlord and try to convince him or her to provide something more like an air condition within that budget. However, there is no mandate that the owner has to provide all these amenities

                    Semi-furnished apartment: as the name suggests, these kinds of units comprise of minimal or we can say basic amenities like lights and fans. However, these units might or might not have shelves or cupboards.

                    Fully-furnished apartment: the apartment which consists of all the amenities that includes air-condition, geysers in bathrooms, kitchen stocked with groceries, a refrigerator, a microwave, regular kitchenware along with bed sheets in the rooms, extra towels as well as a telephone connection. In short, the apartment should be like a full-fledged hotel room.

                    Although these terms are apt for a tenant but a buyer should also know. A tenant needs to clearly understand the differences and set their budget. A fully-furnished apartment is difficult to find out in the cities but semi-furnished and furnished ones are still easy to get. Majorly furnished apartments are available in the market.

                    But the three categories also differ in terms of pricing whether it is for rent or sale. Usually, there is about 10 percent to 15 percent difference in the rental rates of a semi-furnished and a furnished apartment. Whereas the rental value for a fully-furnished apartment is on a higher side and especially meant for business travellers or people with a good budget. Generally, the demand for fully-furnished apartment comes from foreign tourists who wish to stay for the long or medium duration.

                    So if you are a tenant then furnished apartment make more sense as you will get all the basic amenities. However, it might cost a bit more but if you are planning to stay for a short period of time then this is it. The furnished apartment could also be a good option for students.
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