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4 Types Of Developers' Homes You Need To Know

Invest your money wisely and find your perfect match with the help of this list

Photography: Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photo)

So you’ve finally decided to purchase your own home, and now you’re faced with the tough decision of choosing which kind to invest your hard-earned savings in. Here’s an easy guide on what your options are and what to expect in terms of setting up your personal space:

1. Bare

As the name aptly describes, don’t expect any finishes on this type of home. There won’t be any wall or ceiling paint, tiles, fixtures, cabinets, or even electrical wirings. This type of unit may be the cheapest option, yet keep in mind that you will need to put in more work—hence, more money for fixing it up – to make this space cozy and livable.

RL Tip: A bare unit is ideal for a homeowner who has a specific design in mind and wants to have the flexibility to create his home from scratch.

2. Unfurnished

An unfurnished home should have the basic finishes in the bathroom and kitchen, including painted walls, tiled or wood-laminated flooring. Also check for electrical wirings and outlets installed, and some units may even have built-in cabinets as well. Keep in mind, however, that most condominium units may be advertised as semi-furnished but will only have these unfurnished items in place.

RL Tip: An unfurnished unit may be best for a homeowner who needs the basic amenities set up already, but would like to be able to add some personal touches to the unit.

3. Semi-Furnished

Just a notch more than an unfinished unit is a semi-furnished unit, which may come with a built-in partition or some furniture and appliances such as air conditioners, a fridge, and a cooking range. It’s best to ask your developer what other inclusions come with your unit so you’ll know what to expect.

RL Tip: A semi-furnished unit is suited for a homeowner who would like to get settled in as soon as possible, without having to do a lot more of improvements prior to moving in.

4. Furnished

Fully-furnished units are more typically offered for units for rent. However, there are some developers who have these types of homes available for homeowners who prefer their units all ready for occupancy. Some stylishly furnished units are designed by professional interior designers, which make them cost significantly more than a bare unit. The best part about a fully-furnished unit is that you would neither need to shop for furniture and appliances nor have any renovations done before moving in.

RL Tip: Choose a fully-furnished unit if you want to move in right away without the hassle of home improvements.

Keep in mind that the best way to choose the type of home for you is to consider your needs and to contemplate on how much time, effort, and money you are willing to invest into your home. Whatever you choose, the key is in creating a home that best reflects your personality and needs, as this unit will be your home for many years to come.

This article originally appeared in Real Living's My First Home Book. Download your digital copy of Real Living and its specials on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

PHOTOS: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions and Michael Angelo Chua

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