Should You Furnish Your South Beach Rental for New Tenants?

If you have a condo in South Beach and are thinking about turning it into a “South Beach Rental”, the question of whether to furnish or not, is a common one.

You need to first think about your potential renters and the overall costs involved in actually furnishing the rental and in the end will furnishing the property allow you to break even every month?  If you are catering to a short term tenant than furnishing is probably needed, rather if your tenant pool is more a long term yearly tenant not as much.

The most important thing to start your research is to pull a comparable list of rented condos to get an accurate idea of how much a furnished condo will rent for in your building as well as in the general market area.  Keep in mind the more you keep the condo, “appealing to a large number of potential renters”, the less time it will spend on the market only waiting for “the one”.

From my experience I have found that randomly “furnished properties”, meaning properties where the owner was living in the condo and then moved out and decided to rent  it furnished are typically more challenging to rent.  Unfortunately, the furnishings often come off as “too personal” and often don’t relate to anyone but to the previous owner.

If a property is going to be furnished, I have found that the best scenario is when the properties are staged like a high end luxury hotel.

A couple of tips to help you with your “should I furnish” questions:

1.  Does your building allow short-term rentals?  If yes, then furnished is definitely more of an option.  If no, I would think twice about furnishing the condo because furnished properties definitely get a lot more short-term inquiries.   If your condo is furnished and the building doesn’t allow at least six-month rental, you are looking for a very specific renter.  Which means It may take a little longer to rent.

2.  If you are going to furnish it, either go all the way or not at all.  Make it turn key or just don’t do it, including bedding, kitchen wares and the full shabang.

3.  What are the furnished properties renting for in your building?  One of my most recent rental listing clients owns a loft-style condo on Meridian Avenue in South Beach.  She wanted to furnish the loft because she heard that it would rent for more money.  When going over the comparables of the most recently rented condos, we found out that furnished condos were renting close in price to the non-furnished condos.   In the end it wasn’t financial feasible to rent the condo furnished.

3.  What type of building do you live in?  If you are considering furnishing your condo in an ultra luxury building, you are going to have to furnish the property to the same quality of the building and the lifestyle of your rental clientele.  You cannot skimp because this clientele will expect the best.

4.  Exactly what are you trying to accomplish by furnishing the condo?  Maybe you want to enjoy the property part of the year and then rent it out the rest of the year?  Great, furnish it all the way,  keeping in mind the taste of the furnishings and make sure your building allows for short-term rentals.

To furnish or not is really a pretty simple question.  First find out what furnished properties are renting for in the building,  find out how much you would need to spend to furnish the property, total all of these factors and then consider if it makes sense financially?

Lastly if you do decide to furnish the property,  be sure to do it all the way, otherwise it’s considered partially furnished and those are not easy to rent.


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About Jamey Prezzi

Jamey Prezzi serves the residential real estate market from the South of Miami to parts of Broward and all neighborhoods in between. She works in collaboration with her husband, Ognjen Prezzi at ONE Sotheby's International Realty. Recognized as Top Producers over the last 13 years, they are committed to their customers as well as their local real estate community. Jamey is originally from South Carolina and Virginia. She resides in Miami Beach with Ognjen and their son.

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