|Ref: 809161. Furnishing a
small new condo
Subject: Quality and
appropriate type of furnsihing
Comments: Furnishing helps in getting Tenants but rental must be
perceived as value-for money as Tenants are not fools and will have seen at least 20 - 100
other units since the expatriate wife has more free time generally.
September 16, 1998
How should the new small Condo be furnished?
From: Anne Brocklebank
To: First-time Landlords.
Tanglin Regency Condominium.
The 2 photographs (see www.asiahomes.com/singaporerealty/james
answer many FAQ from first-time Landlords as to how they
should furnish their small condo for rental. This is a real case and unit has been rented
to a Japanese despite construction work seen outside the living room.
This Tanglin Regency Condominium has 3 bedrooms but it is only 1,200 sf. Here are some
tips for furnishing:
- Caucasian Tenants like pastel colours in furnishing as shown by the light yellow
night curtains and living set in the photographs. Many Owners do not provide the white
(day) curtains, trying to save money but this is penny wise pound foolish. Some Tenants do
not mind having night curtains only but no the flowery, multi-coloured Walt Disney types.
Definitely no pink, orange, green or grey curtains.
The night curtain in the photographs should be of a thicker material to stop any
sunlight coming through or should have another backing. This is important in bedrooms with
bright lights coming up from the tennis court (as in UE Square Condo case) and expatriate
wives may want to sleep later than 6 am when daylight brightens the room.
- Mirrors make the small condo look spacious. One clever Landlord in a Fifth Avenue
Condo uses a long mirror outside shoe-rack cabinet, near main door. Another one in Costa
Rhu has a big mirror in the private lift lobby flanked by imported brick like tiles so
that Tenants can check their appearance before going out. These are expensive ideas.
- Furnish with smaller living and dining sets as show in the photographs, otherwise
the apartment looks cluttered. Usually the living set should be 2+2 and the dining table
should have 4 chairs.
- In this case, the Owner uses fabric covers for dining chairs with the idea they
can be washed. Expatriate families with small children will find this difficult to
maintain and will avoid renting such units, thereby reducing your catch. Best is to buy
light brown wooden chairs with plastic-vinyl type cushion covers.
- Wood is a favourite but use light-coloured ones like pinewood.
- Glass-top dining and coffee tables give a contemporary and expensive appearance.
- Ceiling lights should be one or maximum 3 electric bulbs rather than chandeliers
which are suitable for bigger houses.
- Master bed for master bedroom. Owner had a queen-sized bed plus 2 side tables bought
as a set. This unfortunately restricts prospects to those who do not need a king-sized bed
as the Owner is reluctant to change and the other 2 smaller bedrooms can't even take the
queen-sized bed. Caucasians prefer king-sized beds. Japanese do not mind them.
firstname.lastname@example.org to expose your property for rent to our realtors.
- Decorate the whole condo like a show flat as in this case. There is still no
guarantee but an apartment furnished with upmarket quality furniture tends to rent out
faster. This is called "differentiation" or "positioning" in marketing
terms. You still have to look for realtors specialising in rental and be pro-active
yourself in advertising as "Owner" in the Straits Times Classifieds. You can
email your property particulars to
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