An agent once emplained the difference to me (not sure if it's correct). For partially furnished, it means that fridge, bed/s, dining table & chairs and a couch are provided. For fully furnished, you can negotiate for the TV, microwave oven, washing machine, dryer, study table etc. Serviced Apartments
will provide the additional items like cutlery, pots & pans and bedding etc.
Holland Village and Bt Timah - Public transport is inconvenient. There's no MRT trains servicing that area. The buses are often quite full and taxis in the morning are hard to get. It's about 15-20 mins to take a cab into the city. But depending on the condo
, you may get condo-engaged shuttle bus to MRT or even into Orchard Rd. Holland Village is good for its proximity to bars and restaurants. They are all within walking distance to one another. There are good bars and restaurants in Bt Timah and Newton area, however, they are generally not within walking distance from each other. Novena is rather good as there will be a gym opening up soon, 2 reasonable shopping centres, MRT station and 5 mins into the city.
Gyms are about $90-$120 per month. There's fitness first (Paragon) and California FItness (Orchard/Novena Sq).
Generally, negotiate about $200-$400 less than asking price. Ask for mattress to be changed, aircons to be serviced by landlord, fully furnished etc. Agents will always be working for themselves. If they see that you are firm in your offer, they will soon realise that it's easier to rent it to you. Accepting your offer = no more wasting time with other 'potential' tenants and they'll still earn the 1/2 - 1 month commission. The industry standard is that the tenants will only pay agent's fee if the rental is less than $2500. Max 1/2 month. It's better to go through the agent as they will prepare the lease document, get it endorsed (stamp duty) and everything is above board.
Hope that helps