Serviced apartments are a great choice of accommodation which are perfect for both long and short stays. Serviced apartments are designed to be a home away from home, being fully furnished and a number of services included in the rental price such as housekeeping and other utilities.
When it comes to deciding where to live there are lots of things to consider and choosing a serviced apartment is no different. What are the key aspects you should consider in order to choose your perfect serviced apartment?
One of the most important factors to finding your perfect serviced apartment is clearly going to be its location. Firstly you need to think about your purpose behind staying in serviced apartments in the first place, are you a student who needs to be close to your university? Or are you looking for a new job so the employment climate of a location is important?
Aside from your reasoning for moving you need to think about other aspects of your living situation that are important to you, will you regularly be travelling to see family and friends, if so then it is likely that good transport links are required. It is important to remember that it is unlikely that one location will have everything that you want, it is a good idea to write a list of property features that are non negotiable as well as those that are negotiable to work from.
Likely to be one of the most important features of your search for a serviced apartment, cost is a key aspect to consider. Sometimes going hand-in-hand with location, the cost of serviced apartments vary greatly depending on their location. For example a serviced apartment in a popular city like Bristol or London is going to be more expensive than those in less sought after locations.
It is important to work out a budget that you will be able to afford for your serviced apartment, a general rule for rented accommodation is that you should spend around 30% of your monthly income on housing. This should leave you with enough to add to your savings, buy other essentials such as groceries and then have some left over for recreational activities and socialising. Budget planners can be a good place to start figuring out how much you can afford to spend on your serviced apartment fees.
The services and facilities that you have included in your rental cost will vary depending on the serviced apartment provider. Some key facilities and services you may want to consider include, kitchen appliances, laundry, housekeeping, wifi and parking. Likewise the decor of the apartment may be important to you if you are going to be having a longer tenancy so researching into the descriptions of serviced apartments and seeing pictures is a good idea. Many places should be happy to organise a viewing of the apartment before any documents are signed if this is important to you.
Choosing a serviced apartment is a big decision, it is important that you have an idea on location, cost and facilities early on in your search. Don’t forget as your search evolves you may find factors that become increasingly important that you did not immediately think about to begin with, just adapt your search accordingly.