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small question regarding apartment features

Post by admin0 » Sun, 06 Apr 2008 2:31 pm

Hi,

On checking websites and classified advertisements, I see apartments offering full condo facilities and also fully furnished/partially furnished.

Generally speaking, What does full condo facilities include ?
and What does fully furnished generally include ?
and what to assume will be there when its partially furnished ?


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Post by Forks » Sun, 06 Apr 2008 3:23 pm

Fully furnished means the works, or should, down to knives and forks etc etc.

Partially furnished means maybe a table and chairs, a TV, couch, beds, fridge etc but nothing else, it can depend on the place so ask for a list.

Full condo facilities is standard, all condos pretty much have the same facilities like pool, tennis courts, etc, some might have squash courts and a gym but some dont, again ask for what is exactly "full'.

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Post by admin0 » Sun, 06 Apr 2008 4:52 pm

Thanks,

I think it makes sense to go after a fully furnished apartment, as it saves cost in buying items like tv,bed, furniture etc.

Are there any caveats ?

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Post by cbavasi » Sun, 06 Apr 2008 7:20 pm

i actually found that P/F means white goods are included (washer, dryer, stove...etc). i've never seen a place listed "P/F" and there was any furniture (which seems a bit weird - but doesn't really surprise me anymore).

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Post by ching » Sun, 06 Apr 2008 9:20 pm

Hi, same here - I've usually found that "partially furnished" means they'll provide most of the appliances but little to no furniture.

Most places we viewed were fully furnished, and we ended up asking the landlord to remove some of the furniture as we had our own things. Sometimes they could accommodate us, sometimes they didn't have storage space to keep their things.

FF is not always more economical than PF. If you have a choice of both configurations, check the price difference. Buying your own furniture from IKEA can be much cheaper than paying a few hundred dollars a month extra to get the flat "fully furnished". If you don't mind selling the stuff when you move out, you can save a bit AND get things you like.

Landlords will sometimes throw in a new dryer, microwave oven, or other minor appliances for free. Can't hurt to ask.
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Post by admin0 » Mon, 07 Apr 2008 1:55 am

Thanks all for the info. Much appreciated.

Are HDB's generally more crowded or more hirise or more unmanaged or something ? given the cost of it being generally 2-3 times lower than a condo of similar nature.

Does HDB's comes fully furnished or partially furnished also ? -- Actually found it comes as furnished in form of Executive Maisonette in HUDC.

I am doing a search for apartments in st701 for price between 2000-3000. I get condos , apartments , executive masionette, executive apartments. semi detached, inter terrace and corner terrace. I am kind of researching what means what :)

are inter-terrace generally preferred over condos? and also executive masionette vs executive apartments ..

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Post by jpatokal » Tue, 08 Apr 2008 9:56 pm

Forks wrote:Fully furnished means the works, or should, down to knives and forks etc etc.

Partially furnished means maybe a table and chairs, a TV, couch, beds, fridge etc but nothing else, it can depend on the place so ask for a list.
This is incorrect.

Unfurnished -- nothing at all
Partly furnished -- stove, fridge, washing machine, not much else
Fully furnished -- the above plus fashion rejects from the 1970s (blue plastic sofas, curtains the color of comit) and/or IKEA's ever-popular line of CHEÄPØ particleboard furniture that falls apart if you look at it sideways

Condos tend to be fully furnished though, with many HDBs being partly furnished, and unfurnished usually applying only to brand new apartments.

HDBs are cheaper because the locations are usually poorer and they offer no facilities. Maintenance can be bad and, while this obviously depends on your neighbors, odds are you'll have to deal with more noise, cooking fumes, etc. But a big part of the price difference is IMHO just image: many Singaporeans and expats alike consider HDBs to be beneath them.
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