I’ve booked the removals company! We had a quote from EVL (after they came out and did a detailed survey) of £3,105 for approx. 580 cu ft of stuff, which is a bit cheaper than Pickfords quoted.
What really swung it though was the fact that this quote was based on their smallest container, which actually holds 1,000 cu ft. When I enquired how much extra it would cost to actually fill the whole thing, they said just £100 more.
Now this is a deal which can’t be sniffed at!
We were originally only planning on taking the downstairs furniture. We have some IKEA Hemnes stuff upstairs, which won’t survive another move, and some lovely painted wooden bedroom furniture, which wouldn’t look right in a villa, so I am selling all that off.
Now I am planning a massive shopping spree for completely new bedroom furniture (and hopefully some lounge furniture too).
It’s going to cost a fortune, but I think it’s an investment – the furniture choice is awful and very expensive out there. And we can always sell it on to another desperate expat if we decide to leave Qatar and/or I buy something unsuitable.
I am going to make some investment purchases (e.g. a super king sized bed!) but we can always ship them back to England with us if we come back, so I think it’s worth buying for the longer term. And I want our new villa to feel special and exciting when we move into it, as it will help us to settle in.
I did try and order this bed at the weekend, but I found out today that they can’t ship it until April 22nd, so I’ve had to cancel the order. It was hard enough finding that, so I’m not looking forward to doing it all over again this weekend!
I want something upholstered (so it gives me more flexibility in choosing furniture to go with it) and ideally in a darker colour, so I can set it off with lots of outrageously brightly coloured soft furnishings. I am addicted to grey at the moment – I want a grey bed and a grey sofa, so I’m hoping they go with the inevitable Doha peachy walls and terracotta floor tiles!
Also on my wish list:
- Wardrobes (if I can find flatpack ones which don’t hog too much container space)
- Bookcases (have been advised to buy lots of these to make rooms cosier)
- Coffee table
- Side tables (can always scatter these in halls and landings if no room in lounge)
- TV console table
- Bedside tables
- Chests of drawers
I’m not sure whether or not to buy stuff for the spare room yet, or leave it, or just take some of our existing furniture for it. We’re not expecting to have visitors for at least a few months, so I might just leave it.
I think most of the furniture I buy is going to have to be IKEA, so that it can be flat packed for the container.
I’ve also been advised to buy rugs, curtains, cushions and bedding…..unfortunately I set up hubby with access to the joint accounts through his netbook before he left, so he might be in for a shock…..it’s an investment, darling! It will save us money in the long term 🙂