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Matt R

Furnished Rentals (Long Term)

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Hi All

 

Me and the Fam are looking at moving to Brisbane this year and as the Mrs is not 100% about the move she wants us to move over and stay in a furnished rental for a year before making the big descision to stay or go back. The thinking is that if we decide not to stay we have saved about £5000 in shipping costs. Has anyone got thoughts on the idea or know what price we would be looking at for a longtime furnished rental?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Matt

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Hi Matt,

 

In my opinion, it's not worth to rent a furnished place. We too came to try it out since wife is not sure of oz.

 

We have rented our place back home and only shipped a couple of boxes and spent around 4 grand to buy the necessary white goods etc we need here. I think it will work out cheaper. You can always buy cheap stuff here from garage sales, gumtree etc.

 

The downside however is that you won't feel much at home though since you wouldn't have your stuff. It's a tricky one mate, but do some research and check which one works better. I don't know much about furnished places though, so maybe I'm wrong.

 

Good luck.

 

Cheers

B!K3R

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We had a furnished place for our first 9 or 10 months here--but it was aimed at students and the quality was pretty tacky. It suited us because we didn't ship any furniture and planned to buy...but wanted time to shop around for things we really liked and good deals.

 

It worked but B1K3R is certainly right about not feeling totally at home until you are living with your own choices.

 

One other option you could look at--there are a number of places that specialise in renting furniture and white goods. Some offer to sell you the stuff at the end of the rental period. I have no idea how good or bad the deal is (I suspect it's rather more pricey than buying for yourself) but it might be worth looking into, at least for the bare bones you need to get established.

 

Bob


The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

 

-Dorothy Parker

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We had a furnished place for our first 9 or 10 months here--but it was aimed at students and the quality was pretty tacky. It suited us because we didn't ship any furniture and planned to buy...but wanted time to shop around for things we really liked and good deals.

 

It worked but B1K3R is certainly right about not feeling totally at home until you are living with your own choices.

 

One other option you could look at--there are a number of places that specialise in renting furniture and white goods. Some offer to sell you the stuff at the end of the rental period. I have no idea how good or bad the deal is (I suspect it's rather more pricey than buying for yourself) but it might be worth looking into, at least for the bare bones you need to get established.

 

Bob

 

If you dont mind me asking how much did you pay for the furnished place?

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Back in 2007 (and in Toowoomba, not a major capital) we paid $350 per week. The furniture was pretty tatty (and each bedroom had a single bed so the first thing we bought was a nice king size for my wife and me) but it did while we gradually acquired furniture and found a house we liked better for the long term.

 

Bob


The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

 

-Dorothy Parker

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Renting decent furnished accommodation for a long time is going to be very expensive.

 

The cheaper option is to find somewhere unfurnished for a 3 month let and buy a set of cheap furniture from somewhere like super Amart or Fantastic Furniture. Or second hand from ebay or Gumtree etc.

 

Love

 

Rudi

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Guest famousfive

We are currently renting a furnished house for 5mths.It is actually a holiday rental but the owner has agreed to rent to us for a longer period.For us this is ideal because we may be moving on at some stage before this time is up and with a holiday rental we have less hassle breaking our booking.We just paid $300 key deposit and 3 wks rent in advance.Our rent is $350pw which is the average price locally for an unfurnished.The other benefit is all bills are included.

Not sure if this is possible in all areas,we were indeed lucky[about time] and it may not even be looked at with you being outside the country but.........never say never,sometimes if you ask and continue to ask someone will listen and they also might see that thinking outside the box is not such a bad idea.I asked 4 agents before one was willing to ask a property owner,the first owner agreed!!

For us this arrangement not only suits our purpose right now but is cheaper than unfurnished rental.Hope this helps,all the best.

 

Just to add,we are in NSW.

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Guest Louey

Hey Matt

 

I think it all depends on where you are going to live as to price. Where are you thinking of renting? We have a 2 bed and 2 bath very modern apartment in Robina $400 a week. Robina is still a developing area so loads of very new apartments and houses to choose from. My advice would be check what they mean by furnished. Ours is not fully furnished so we had to spend money buying things e.g. bedding, crockery, kettle iron & ironing board, vac.... etc

 

However we have made it like home with things we shipped out in boxes e.g. photos. We looked at properties on realestate.com.au and found that unfurnished were only about $50 cheaper per week. We plan to stay here for a little while and then look at either renting or buying a house that we will stay in long term...that's when I think we will buy furniture. Saves moving stuff around everytime you move. Thats just what has worked out well for us :biggrin: other folks may have found it the opposite.

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On 22/05/2011 at 19:24, Matt R said:

Hi All

 

Me and the Fam are looking at moving to Brisbane this year and as the Mrs is not 100% about the move she wants us to move over and stay in a furnished rental for a year before making the big descision to stay or go back. The thinking is that if we decide not to stay we have saved about £5000 in shipping costs. Has anyone got thoughts on the idea or know what price we would be looking at for a longtime furnished rental?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Matt

Hi Matt,

Just to give yo7 an idea, we live in Kenmore in the western suburbs of Brisbane in a quiet cul de sac. We have a 4br house with a studio/office and a pool. We are looking at $800/wk furnished but will depend on the house, area and amanities. 

 

Emma

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