The jump from the conventional world of renting unfurnished and moving with your own furniture, to suddenly renting a furnished apartment may seem daunting. The hesitations resulting from mass decluttering and unexpected overhead costs still present a barrier to many. Whether life has demanded a long-distance relocation where renting furnished just makes sense, or because you’re simply looking to live and move with less ‘stuff’, we’re here to show you what there is to gain from a long-term furnished renting experience.  Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities. Blueground, as experts in turnkey city living, manages over 2 million square feet of expertly decorated apartments, supported by local guest experience teams to ensure you feel hosted and supported from booking to move-out. A flexible multi-month or multi-year lease with Blueground offers significant savings and is all-inclusive of curated furnishings, maintenance services and the ability to change between apartments at any point in your stay with us.

 

The status quo of an unfurnished rental

A HappyBeds survey recently found that 71% of respondents lost a night’s sleep from the stress of moving, with another 10% reporting that they lost a whole week of sleep from the anxiety! Concretely, moving homes is far from being a pleasant experience. Especially in urban centers, the house and apartment hunt can stretch for multiple months. Consider the following progression:

  1. Hunt down: Define your budget and property criteria while filtering through on and offline resources, word of mouth leads — and refreshing those searches throughout the day
  2. Hustle: Play email and phone tag with brokers and landlords and then rush to viewings in order to hold a spot on the waiting list
  3. Haggle: Negotiate broker fees and assemble paperwork for requisite credit and reference checks — often simultaneously across multiple properties in a competitive renter’s market
  4. Exhaust: Prepare for your big move by packing in belongings, selling off redundant items and ordering new appliances
  5. Wait: Spend your first few weeks in an incomplete home without a couch, utilities or WiFi; and waste evenings running out for missing housewares

 

The time and money sunk into the status quo

Below we break down the typical time and money investments needed upfront when renting unfurnished in the U.S. This is how a typical tenant renting an unfurnished apartment would lose eight weeks of their time waiting and worrying:

  • Scheduling & going on apartment viewings: 2 weeks 
  • Waiting on credit, reference & employment checks: 1 week
  • Finding a shipping service & then shipping your furniture: 2 weeks
  • Disassembling, reselling or storing your other furniture: 1 week
  • Taking specs, planning décor & making a new furnishings wish list: 2 days
  • Ordering online & waiting for shipments to be delivered: 4 – 6 weeks
  • Activating & waiting for utilities to be switched on: 4 – 7 days
  • Assembling delivered furniture: 3 days

Further, this is how that same tenant would expect to spend up to $27,000 in initial sunk costs to get their new one-bedroom home ready:

  • Broker fees (for select cities): 15% of yearly rent (typical 1BR): $6,300 – $8,400
  • Movers & shipping of bulky items (in-state versus long distance): $1,500 – $3,000
  • Unforeseen cost (temporary storage or interim lodging): $750
  • New utility set-up costs (cable. internet, etc.): $500
  • Upgrading or supplementing furniture, appliances & kitchenware: $11,000
  • Accessorizing with new décor, towels & linens: $1,000
  • Unforeseen moving cost (replacing items damaged during move): $1,000
  • Interior Design consultation (optional): $1,000
  • Moving out & shipping costs when lease ends: $1,500 – $3,000
  • Disposal of goods when the lease ends: $750

 

What’s gained from the furnished living experience

Blueground knows the pains and uncertainties of going through the motions of a move. That’s why we promise additional value, convenience and flexibility when you have a furnished home waiting for you on the other side. Discover our all-inclusive pricing that covers our interior designer-led furnishings and local guest support. And in case you fall in love with our exclusive furniture collection, you can also choose to purchase select pieces and decor accents at any point in your stay (with additional savings afforded to our long-term guests). You won’t find greater convenience than having a guest check-in experience, and stepping into a home with everything in its place. Utilities are activated on arrival, with billing handled by Blueground so that WiFi and hot water are already switched on for that long-awaited shower. If you’re looking for a pet-friendly extended stay, simply filter by “pets allowed” apartments with Blueground. When life dictates your next move, you can move out at a moment’s notice thanks to Blueground’s conveniently flexible lease terms. Guests can choose to sign into a month-to-month lease to renew by smaller increments on their extended stay, and even move between buildings or neighborhoods all on the same lease.

blueground paris living room with exclusive furniture

Our guests continue to value the decor expertise of our interior design and product teams which offer you ‘tastemaker’-level living. Our refined living spaces blend functionality with a fresh energy that promises an inspired morning, a productive day of WFH or evening with all of the trimmings. Step right into that Instagram-perfect magazine spread, while our ready-to-go homes offer curated furniture without all of the legwork. Falling for our furniture? Our Blueground for Home furniture collection is available for purchase by our guests who wish to bring a taste of their previous Blueground experience to their next space.

 

The simplicity of a furnished rental move

Blueground’s vision to make people feel at home wherever they choose to live starts from the moment they begin their house hunt with us.

  1. Browse through our online listings with live availability, brought to life with video and 3D tours, and matched with a Sales team on hand to answer your questions
  2. Instantly sign and secure your lease, and join our community of  long-term guests worldwide
  3. Show up with just a suitcase and step into a move-in ready home with everything in place
  4. Relax knowing that our local support team is just a few taps away through our Guest App
  5. Continue your Blueground experience after move-out by purchasing a few of your favorite furniture and decor items from Blueground for Home

 

Blueground’s offering

The appeal of renting furnished is wide-reaching. From the flexible renter uncertain about the location of her next employment opportunity, to the recent grad moving to a brand new city overseas. Have a look through these inspiring furnished spaces by Blueground and the rent comparison to unfurnished units in the same exact buildings.

Find your long term rental in Washington, DC

Blueground DC living room with bespoke furnishings

Furnished rental starting at just $2,590 (on a 12-month lease), compared to an unfurnished one-bedroom at $2,380 in the same building

Settle in easy to this Downtown D.C. one-bedroom at The Woodward, completed by Blueground’s professional interior design. Careful touches like vintage-inspired sidetables in the bedroom and a handwoven rug in the living room round out this home. When renting long-term with Blueground, you can easily upgrade or downsize your apartment in D.C., and if life takes you elsewhere, you can also shorten your lease.  See more photos »

Say hello to your next long term stay in Chicago

Blueground for home beige couch in apartment

Furnished rental starting at just $1,790, compared to an unfurnished one-bedroom at $1,660 in the same building

With a highly walkable location in the south end of The Loop, you’ll love renting for multiple months (actually make that a few years) in this adorably furnished one-bedroom home. Outfitted with bespoke touches and Blueground’s exclusive furniture, you’ll find soothing textiles matched to cozy seating and bedding. An office desk overlooking the city makes the perfect work space, and a gym downstairs helps in maintaining a healthy routine. As always, you’ll have Blueground’s guest support available for repairs big and small, in addition to cleaning and laundry requests.  See more photos »

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