Moving & relocation to Germany

Best Strategy for Furnishing Your Home in Germany

| Januar 19, 2014

Surprising facts about apartments in Germany

When people move to Germany, they will find some surprising facts about apartments in Germany.

Finding a furnished apartment in Germany is more often than not, a rather difficult task, as opposed to other popular expatriate locations such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, where furnished apartments are rather popular. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Germans just don’t tend to move around as much, and when they do change residence, they usually bring all their furniture along with them. 

As the number of expats in Germany increases, so does the demand for safe, affordable housing.  Moving to a whole new country can be rather scary in itself. In addition to having to learn the language, and get used to the new society on a whole, expats want to feel safe while doing so. A part of this safety involves living in a more high-end neighborhood where one is able to feel a sense of security while growing familiar with the German culture.  However, prices for these homes are skyrocketing in German expat destinations such as Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg or Leipzig and the construction industry isn’t quite able to keep up in those cities.



Thing you didn’t know about renting in Germany:

·     Furnished apartments are few and far between. There really just aren’t that many of them.

·     Germans may get preference.Because of the tendency of Germans to live in the same residence for year and years to come, landlords may prefer to rent to German residents as opposed to expats regardless of their ability to pay higher prices. 

·     Perhaps you’ve never really considered your kitchen a part of your furniture. Moving to Germany will change your vision on what furniture really entails, as unfurnished apartments often come without a fitted kitchen in place.

·     Boarding houses may be exceedingly costly.