The one thing that backward thinkers never fail to say about a condominium is that bit about space, or lack of it. “It’s too small.” “What can you fit in there?” Well, you can’t count on these people to think out of the box, literally.
Whereas, forward thinkers will look at a studio condo unit and visualize in their head exactly what to do with it. To them, no space is too small for a person with big creative design ideas.
All over the world, studios for rent are preferred by yuppies and singles. These are people who don’t have enough savings to own a house or apartment, but are earning just enough to live independently. In the United States, 20 sqm mini-apartments are the next big thing as more households are being occupied by single persons. The industry of condo rental in the Philippines is not any different. With the popularity of small space designs and furniture, more and more young people are lured towards condo living.
But what exactly do you look for in a studio for rent? What red flags should you avoid? Here’s an ultimate guide for yuppies who are ready to take the big leap.
What’s in the package?
Before you sign any contract for short-term or long-term renting, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. What is included in the package? Does your unit come with a parking slot? Most studio units do not have parking slots, so if you have a car, better raise this question. Are you free to use all the amenities? Do you have pay dues for garbage disposal, security and overall maintenance? Make sure that you are getting your money’s worth.
Mind the layout
So it’s an open floor plan. What else can you do with it? Check to see that the spaces give you some freedom. Most small condo interior designs incorporate functional dividers. See if the layout allows you to do that. Are you comfortable where the bed is supposed to be? Is the bathroom big enough for you to take a bath comfortably? Where is it located? Speaking of where things are located, make sure your condo unit is not facing the garbage disposal area or too near the elevator that people will need to pass by throughout the day.
Room for everything
You might think, how can you find room for anything in a 20 sqm condo? In a studio type condominium, the living area, dining, bathroom, and bedroom share the open-plan room layout. But try to visualize where you will put everything. Think about your lifestyle and what you like to do most inside the house: cook and eat, sleep, watch TV. Design your unit based on that. Make sure there’s room for things that are important. Don’t worry because there’s always multi-functional furniture to rescue you.
Look for built-in furniture
The kitchen and bathroom must at least have built-in cabinets for storage. Small condo interior designs discourage you to bring in those bulky dressers and cabinets. Look for available storage space. Studio units from DMCI Homes have these features to give the unit more function.
Rules that let you move
Of course, there are rules but as much as possible, go for a condo that doesn’t keep you from doing the things you love. For example, does it allow pets? Are you allowed to rent out the unit if you are gone for a considerable amount of time? Are you allowed to have guests?
Free from design limits
Look for a studio that allows you to design your space. Young professionals living in a condo have a vision of what they want their space to look like, no matter how small it is. Rent a condo that allows you to repaint and decorate. You should be able to hang some floating shelves for additional storage.
Furnished or not?
Studio units for rent are either bare, semi-furnished, or fully furnished. Before going on a hunt, you have to decide which one you prefer. The thing with semi or fully-furnished is that you don’t get to decide on the furniture you want, which is very crucial since you can’t really have a lot.
Where you can breathe
A small condo unit can feel cramped without proper ventilation. When you are hunting for one, go for a unit with windows. This will help you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Let in natural air and light every once in a while. Bare and furnished units at DMCI Leasing are not only well-ventilated but even have balconies where you can enjoy fresh air and look at the city skyline at night.
The usual complaints
When you are being offered a condo to rent, you will hear nothing but good things from the realtor or the landlord. But you are wiser than that. Do your own research and find out what the usual complaints are in the condo community. Is the management quick about fixes? Is water pressure strong? Is it safe? Ask about your building’s reputation and research about your neighborhood.
Zone in on prime location
Whatever type of condo you intend to rent, remember to zone in on your preferred location especially if you are going for long-term renting. Survey the neighborhood to see if public transportation is easily accessible, if areas of interests such as malls and groceries are near enough, and if its distance from your workplace will let you save on gas or commuting expenses.
Renting a studio unit is a good way to familiarize you with condo living. For young professionals, it is not too big and not too costly. The experience will give you an idea on how to live independently and how to manage your space. It will also teach you how to invest on things that truly matter.