Seen as a more “easy-living” option, more people live in serviced apartments now than ever before as they realise the benefits of a serviced apartment lifestyle. In HCMC, this is clear by the surge of new apartment blocks seemingly arising all over the city every month. So what are the benefits of choosing to live in a serviced apartment?
Firstly, easy maintenance. Any issues, such as plumbing (toilets that don’t flush or water leakages), are the landlord’s responsibility. Maintenance support is prompt and there for the little things and the more serious issues. Serviced apartments save you time and effort. Parking fees are normally included, as well as some maid support, internet and cable TV. Most apartments have full furnishings, so there is no need to kit it out, other than with your own “homely ” pieces. If safety is a concern, then most serviced apartments have 24-hour security guards, usually with CCTV fitted throughout the building. They provide control over who can enter the building and look after your motorbike as well as the premises. When there is no physical presence of a guard, you may access the building using a security code, a key card or a fingerprint-access door.
Amenities offered can vary with each serviced apartment. Many offer pools, gyms and rooftop spaces as part of the rental fee. Some are basic but well looked after, while others are positively palatial.
If you have a busy lifestyle, then a serviced apartment can be your best living option as there is no burden of maintenance of the grounds or gardens. These are all taken care of by the support staff provided. Some maid support is frequently offered, which is both a time and money saver.
Also, a serviced apartment is more open to considering short term ( 6 months) options should you feel that your future may not be predictable. Some serviced apartments also provide hotel-like services, like laundry and ironing, concierges, restaurant, and room service.
Check your serviced apartment lease to see if it includes the following within your rent:
All pieces of furniture (couch, beds, closets, tables, chairs)
Bedding & bed linen (mattress, pillows, and bedsheets)
Kitchen accessories & kitchenware (oven and/or microwave, cooker, water boiler, pots, plates, glasses)
Cleaning from once to a few times a week (including or not dishwashing)
Building management fees
Usage of the facilities (gym, pool)
Parking & security
Laundry Equipment (washers/dryers, either private or shared)
However, the rent won’t include the utilities, such as:
Electricity (between 3500 and 5000 VND per kWh, depending on the city and the owner)
Running water (fixed fee, often inexpensive)
It is worth noting that a few apartment buildings in Vietnam still have a curfew in place after 10 or 11 pm. In these buildings, you will need to buzz the security guard to open the door and access the building after this time.
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Guest Contributor – Mr Malik N’Diaye
Founder, My Saigon City Real Estate, HCMC, Vietnam