Serviced v regular apartments: which to choose for a long-term stay

Whether you are moving to a different town or city to take up a new job or moving out of your own home by a specific date to secure a sale, you are probably considering whether you should look at a serviced or regular apartment for a long-term stay. Let’s look at the differences.

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One of the main differences is the flexibility you will get with a serviced apartment. Regular apartments tend to tie you in to a specific rental period – usually a minimum of six months. This might be acceptable if you know you are on a six-month secondment and returning home at the end of it; however, if you are in the process of buying a new home, you really have no idea how long – or short – the process might be. Being tied into a long lease and having to pay rent for months after you have moved into your new home may not be the ideal scenario for you. You will also generally find that you can move into a serviced apartment much quicker than you can a regular apartment.

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Home from home

Serviced apartments in general are fully-furnished, which helps when you need to move straight in and do not want the hassle of looking for furniture or kitchen gadgets. Most also offer a housekeeping service; some are even included in your monthly rent.

As with buying a house, you no longer have to trawl the streets to find an apartment. If you are looking for Birmingham serviced apartments, a quick Google search will enable you to find everything you need to know on dedicated apartment building websites such as Birmingham Serviced Apartments. This is particularly useful if you are moving to an area you are not familiar with. Such sites are a wealth of information and you are likely to find details about the area in addition to descriptions and photos of the apartments.

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In short, a serviced apartment can offer you the convenience of staying in a hotel with the benefit of staying somewhere that feels more like a home and has more privacy and space.