How To Find Affordable Home Furnishings


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Affordable Home Furnishings: Where they are, and how you can find them


Searching for affordable home furnishings can be one of the most difficult parts of moving. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be the case! There are plenty of ways to find beautiful furnishings without breaking the bank. Here we’ll be outlining some of our favorite ways to find cheap home furnishings. Whether you rummage through a thrift store, check out your neighborhood garage sales, or lease, we can help find the best option for you!


Thrift Stores


This is a classic way many homeowners find affordable solutions to their home furnishing needs. Buying repurposed furniture can be a great way to save money and help your local community. The downside to shopping in thrift stores, however, is the lack of variety. Thrift stores may offer affordability, but they can’t always offer specific styles, wants, or needs that you might have in mind.


Local Garage Sales


Neighborhood yard sales are always a great way to pick up inexpensive furnishings for your home. Not only are items priced to sell, but it’s a great way to support (and meet) your neighbors! Just a quick drive around the neighborhood on a Saturday can lead to a new treasure for the home. Along with thrift stores, you may find that the contents of a garage sale can be limited to only unwanted items and furnishings. Especially when it comes to furniture, this can raise questions as to the quality, and condition of what’s for sale.




Leasing your furnishings can not only be affordable but can also allow you to retain freedom of choice to match your styles and tastes. Choosing to lease your furniture has a host of benefits that can help give you the most flexibility and least hassle, at a low cost. When choosing furnishings, most leasing companies will have a selection of furniture packages that match a wide range of current styles and tastes. At Southern Furniture Leasing, we even have options for leasing cookware and electronics!


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We specialize in affordable home furnishings. If you would like more information on what it takes to get started on a lease, you can contact us Here anytime. To also view our selection of furniture packages, Click Here and see just how many options there are to suit your needs!

Short Term Furniture Rental – Your Seasonal Vacation Savior

Seasonal Beach Vacations: A Perfect Time For Short Term Furniture Rental


Short Term Furniture Rental


At Southern Furniture Leasing, we understand that seasonal vacations are an amazing way to relax and unwind. Who wouldn’t want to spend the coldest months of the year under the sun on the beach? Still, the question stands, what should you do about furniture? The answer is simple: Short Term Furniture Rental. If you are only planning on staying in an area for a short amount of time, why go through the hassle and major expense of buying furniture only to then sell?


Seasonal Beach Vacations


Seasonal vacations, especially in the south during the winter, can be the best time to enjoy the sun and sand. More often than not, rental properties with lease options for less than a year come unfurnished. In our experience, the best solution to this problem is short term furniture rental. Leasing your furniture gives you the freedom to choose the style of furniture that matches your taste, without the expense of buying upfront.

With our short-term furniture rental packages, you can even have your furniture delivered the day you arrive for your vacation and picked up the day you return home at no cost to you.

How Do I Sign Up?


We do our best to make the furniture rental process as easy as possible. To sign up for one of our many furniture packages available, you can call us at 866-736-8481, email us at wecare@southernfl.com, or place your order online by Clicking Here.

If you have any further questions, feel free to visit our Frequently asked questions page here. Or Contact Us at any time, and a qualified representative will help you find the affordable home furnishings of your dreams!





What is a Furniture Subscription?


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What Is A Furniture Subscription?


At Southern Furniture Leasing, this is a question we get asked quite often. The simple answer is, a furniture subscription is the same as Leasing your furniture. Furniture leasing and subscriptions are both a very common way to find affordable home furnishings for your home, condo, or apartment.


How Does A Furniture Subscription Work?


Typically, a Furniture Subscription, or lease, begins with selecting your ideal furniture package, submitting a security deposit, and choosing where and when you want the furniture delivered.

At Southern Furniture Leasing, our process is the same. A security deposit of only one months rent (before tax) is required and is fully refundable upon completion of the agreed-upon lease terms. Our subscriptions start at a 3-month minimum and we even offer discounts for 6 and 12-month rentals.

As long as you are in one of our many service areas, we will deliver your desired furniture and pick it up come the end of your lease, at no cost to you.


How Do I Sign Up?


We do our best to make the furniture rental process as easy as possible. To sign up for one of our many furniture packages available, you can call us at 866-736-8481, email us at wecare@southernfl.com, or place your order online by Clicking Here.


If you have any further questions, feel free to visit our Frequently asked questions page here. Or Contact Us any time, and a qualified representative will help you find the affordable home furnishings of your dreams!

Affordable Solutions For Corporate Furnishings


An Affordable Solution to Corporate Furnishings



Affordable Solutions for Corporate Furnishings


If you are moving to a new city to live in corporate housing, you may be wondering what to do about furnishings. At Southern Home Furniture, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn more about your options for affordable furniture solutions.


Leasing Corporate Furnishings


It just so happens that we are professionals when it comes to leasing corporate furnishings for both short or long term. If you are moving into corporate housing, purchasing a large amount of expensive furniture will likely not be ideal. This can be costly and difficult to move at your own expense. We offer a wide variety of luxurious and affordable furniture rental packages for you to choose from. All of which come with free delivery and pick up!


Leasing Housewares/ Electronics


Renting essentials for a home is often an overlooked way to find affordable furniture solutions. Once you solve your furniture problem, you may find that is only half the battle. Many people don’t realize that it is possible to lease entire kitchen sets, bathroom sets, and electronic packages! Our complete kitchen sets start at only $45 a month. Compared to purchasing a similar set, this could save you hundreds of dollars.

Ready to start your lease? Click Here to complete the lease application today.


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If you have any further questions, feel free to visit our Frequently asked questions page here. Or Contact Us any time, and a qualified representative will help you find the affordable home furnishings of your dreams!

Apartment Construction at 10 Year High

In 2016, there were more than 320,000 new apartments homes completed, a 50% increase from 2015.  There are also currently more than 1400 large-scale projects under construction right now!

With so many new apartments coming onto the market, management companies are going to have to either cut rents, offer incentives and concessions or find creative ways to market units.  In a challenging leasing environment, it’s time to look for ways to set your community apart!

Guest Suites

How do you compete with these new communities that many times have the amenities that your residents say they are looking for? Sparkling new pools, super fancy gyms and on and on… How can you differentiate your community from all of the others?

Many existing communities that we work with have found that have a few furnished suites or guest suites have really helped set them apart from their competition.

Often times, when your potential residents are considering the relocation process, having a furnished unit that they can move into initially can be a HUGE help! Many times it may take weeks for your new resident’s belongings to show up from their previous home. What a huge selling point for you that you are able to offer a solution to that problem by having a furnished unit ready to go for their initial relocation to your community.

People have visitors, right? Another major advantage that you can offer to your residents would be to have a furnished guest suite for your resident’s guests. Often your residents may not have the room to accommodate family coming into town for a visit. Wouldn’t it be amazing for your resident be able to rent a guest suite from you and avoid the hassle of a hotel?

Find out more about communities that have benefited from having a guest suite… call or send us an email today!

Multifamily partnering with Corporate Housing

Forming an excellent relationship with Corporate Housing Providers (CHPs) is a smart alliance because of how valuable a partner you can gain to lease up your property and keep it that way. There are approximately 61,280 corporate housing units occupied every day paying one billion dollars in annual rent. This is a huge revenue stream to tap into!

Here are the top 5 reasons why partnering with a CHP is a smart move for those who own/rent apartment properties.

1.) Working with corporate housing is easy!

• Working with corporate housing is less work. Apartment communities that work with CHPs on a regular basis love it. Because you are in similar businesses, you can expedite the leasing process and cut down on your workload, which means you have more time for other things. CHPs sign leases on a daily basis and don’t require the additional time that is typically spent on walking through a lease with an individual prospective renter. Additionally, CHPs rents are always paid on time, which means no three-day notices and chasing down rental payments.

2.) Make more money with corporate housing

• CHPs typically pay market rent and in many cases pay a premium for shorter term leases. Although they often ask for deposits to be waived, they do pay administrative fees, which means leasing agents still receive their commission and the leases are still “on the books” for bonuses.

• When good communication occurs between the property and the CHP, and there is a good process in place, it makes for a very beneficial relationship. Corporate housing companies love properties that work with them and the properties will see more leases because of it, which means more revenue for the property.

• **Here’s an inside secret** CHPs will target and market the communities that are easiest to work with!

• There are many times that a CHP will start with a short term lease and those leases will keep extending, starting at 3 months and turning into 2 and 3 year leases!

3.) Make turn cleans easier and less expensive

• As a rule, CHPs, like any other resident, are always responsible for any damages beyond normal wear and tear. Many CHPs send in housekeepers after vacating a unit to do a turn clean, so turn costs are very low or nonexistent.

• Turn clean costs are also something that you can request or negotiate for with a CHP upfront, which would negate any loss on a turn clean.

4.) CHPs take care of paying taxes on short term leases

• For example, in the state of Florida, any lease under 181 days requires that state and local taxes be collected.* CHPs will provide the apartment properties that they work with a tax resale certificate, which means the property has no liability to pay taxes on these short term leases.

5.) They screen their residents

• The CHP will provide the apartment community with, at the minimum, the guests’ name and contact information. If any property requires a resident screening, make sure you add that to the checklist when working with CHPs. Most CHPs are happy to provide this information and pay for the costs associated with the screening.

From the CHP perspective, they look for properties that offer a few different things:

1.) Well maintained properties in good locations.

2.) 3 month lease terms – what some properties prefer is that the CHP sign a 12 month lease with a 90 day minimum commitment with a 30 day notice requirement.

3.) A property with a good maintenance staff so that resident issues are handled promptly.

How to create a checklist for working with corporate housing companies…

There are some very important things to look for in a CHP to ensure that you are working with a reputable company.

Check www.chpaonline.org to see if the company is a member with the CHP Association. This is a great resource to learn about the company and learn more about corporate housing as a whole.

Are there Certified Corporate Housing Professionals within the company? This is an accreditation given to people who have passed a rigorous test, which shows their dedication and desire for excellence in the corporate housing industry.

Is the company registered with your state tax collector? Can and will they provide a tax resale certificate? Make sure to get a copy of it and check the state that it is from and the expiration date.

Google them! Or check LinkedIn, or Facebook, etc. There are so many resources available now to learn more about a CHP – take advantage of them.

Ask about move out cleaning. Will the CHP send in housekeepers to clean the unit after their guest vacates, or is there a cleaning fee that will be charged for turning the unit? It is always better to negotiate everything upfront so there are no surprises.

If the apartment community requires that every guest has a criminal background check, let the CHP know about that up front and any fees that are associated with this. Most CHPs will have absolutely no problem with this. Another option would be to talk with the CHP to see what processes may already be in place to see how they comply with the requirements.

It is a great idea to get to know the local CHPs. Pick up the phone and give them a call! CHPs can be one of your strongest partners, making your life easier and helping to keep your apartment community full.

* This varies by state, so check with your state tax collector to see what the liabilities are.