In a studio would a mini fridge work for you?

laydeebug72November 29, 2012

I am leasing 3 studio apartments, they are short term, month to month. Would a mini fridge work for you in this case or would it be a deal breaker? Would you absolutely have to have a larger fridge?

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I would want a full size refrigerator.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 8:20PM
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Do tenants usually rent for just a month or two? Or are they there for several months at a time?

If we are talking about the typical dorm-sized fridge, that would only work for me if I was there for a month. Longer than that, I'm going to want to cook a bit.

Think of what gets stored in the fridge--drinks like water and soda, fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, frozen food, cold cuts, condiments, etc. Unless someone is eating out most of the time, a mini-fridge isn't going to be enough.

That said, you don't have to get the largest refrigerator out there. There are the huge fridges that many people have in their kitchens today, and there are smaller, apartment-sized fridges.

Where the apartments are located makes a difference, too. If they are on a busy city street, with several options for food shopping a short walk away, then maybe your tenants would be fine with shopping for food every other day or so. But if they are in an area where you have to drive 20 minutes to the nearest supermarket, a lot of people would like to be able to shop once a week or so, and therefore would need the larger refrigerator.

In your situation, I'd make sure the freezer could hold a few frozen meals at a time, plus an ice cube tray. Some of the smaller fridges have teeny, tiny freezer compartments.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 7:35AM
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Camlan, excellent feedback! Most tenants usually stay 4-6 months. We are about 2 miles from the nearest supermarket. We cater mostly to contract workers and I figured they wouldn't do much cooking but for the few that may want to cook this would be an inconvenience with the small fridge. Thanks so much, time to upgrade! I think I will go with the 3/4 size fridge. What do you think?

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 8:15AM
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