What is the most cost effective way for moving your furniture to Spain from the UK.

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01 Feb 2009 00:00 by Marcus Y Star rating. 7 posts Send private message

Hi

Any ideas on what is the most cost effective method of moving your furniture etc from the UK to Spain, use a removals company, hire a van and self drive or simply kit your Spanish property out with furniture from somewhere like IKEA.

East Midlands to Estopona (Duquesa Village).

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01 Feb 2009 15:49 by alcaidesa Star rating in Beckenham Kent. 34 posts Send private message

If you compare IKEA prices UK against Spain there is a massive negative to buy in Spain. I think everything seems so much dearer now in Spain, obviously this is exacerbated by the current rate of exchange. Plus loads of reductions to be had in UK whereas Spain never seem to cut prices by much.

We looked at some headboards that can be bought in UK £19 (special offer), same things in Spain are Euros79, we need 10 of them so that alone pays for the van and expense to travel down.

Another example is wardrobe handles, we need 36 of them they cost Euros 6 each in Leroy Merlin , they are £3 pair (special offer) in UK. I am planning to load up with lots of things that may seem petty but when totted up will cost a fortune in Spain. We will drive down, just not looking forward to the trip as only have certain amount days to do the round trip.

 


 



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01 Feb 2009 17:04 by Forhotspot Star rating. 233 posts Send private message

Don't they have sales in Spain for furniture like in UK  there's Christmas & Easter sales? Do they've those in Spain?

 



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01 Feb 2009 21:36 by chelseadel Star rating in Welling kent & Las .... 155 posts Send private message

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In our experience it’s more expensive in Spain for all house hold goods we transferred a lot of furniture etc from England and topped it off buying in Spain. If I was to do it again I would bring the lot from England

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01 Feb 2009 22:34 by foxbat Star rating in Granada. 1114 posts Send private message

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Have to agree with all that has been said about furnishing a home from Spanish sources.

Even the most mundane items can be very expensive.

Found a link to the Spanish IKEA catalogue website so you can see for yourself...

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01 Feb 2009 23:23 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6927 posts Send private message

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Spanish IKEA (English..to a point ) to give you a good idea.



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04 Feb 2009 16:23 by dave chis Star rating in San Juan De Los Terr.... 38 posts Send private message

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04 Feb 2009 16:54 by scampi Star rating in London & Alfaix nr. .... 91 posts Send private message

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I think the pattern varies a lot. With IKEA, even at €1.12 to £ the prices are fairly similar to the UK and mostly affordable. We have also seen many shops near to us in Vera/Mojacar area with lots of varied furniture at good prices plus a fair amount on sale/offer, etc. I think it's a bit like food - if you isnist on the British version of everything you will often pay more - but if you are a bit more flexible quite a lot of things are cheaper than the UK. I would agree that electricals are more expensive right now due to the ex rate.





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04 Feb 2009 17:13 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6927 posts Send private message

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04 Feb 2009 19:59 by chelseadel Star rating in Welling kent & Las .... 155 posts Send private message

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04 Feb 2009 20:04 by Poppyseed Star rating. 898 posts Send private message

Thanks More, I was wondering too but thought it was something I should know and didn't want to admit I didn't!!!!

Back to topic, I would bring all my stuff from the UK unless it could be got from IKEA. We have many many of furniture outlets around Vineros, Benicarlo, Peniscola but they are very expensive for decent'ish quality and either very old fashioned or ultra modern. And even though there are so many outlets there isn't that much choice. Electricals are expensive and I've carried light fittings and a gas BBQ  (BBQ came with Monarch) from the UK.

We did bring a huge shipment from UK of stuff that meant a lot to me, including furniture. If you choose this option don't use Brittannia Removals. I've posted about them before so wont fgo over it again, but be warned, they will cost a fortune and break your heart.

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05 Feb 2009 08:31 by Emerald Property Management Star rating in Estepona,Malaga. 180 posts Send private message

Just a warning to all. We used to know a couple who managed quite a big removals company over here(not Brittania) and they actually took items from peoples deliveries and kept them for themselves! They then told the client it had been lost so many people arrived in Spain to start thier new life,only to discover half thier furniture/electrical items were missing!

They also took weeks longer than agreed to deliver the items so many people were without beds,sofas,tv's etc. for weeks with no choice but to wait. Needless to say we no longer have contact with these people but please all be careful who you entrust your possessions to.



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05 Feb 2009 09:25 by chelseadel Star rating in Welling kent & Las .... 155 posts Send private message

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We used GAP removals, good value for money it all went  like clock-work, and arrived at our place in spain at the same time as us



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05 Feb 2009 11:25 by dave chis Star rating in San Juan De Los Terr.... 38 posts Send private message

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Sorry, just being light hearted.  I went on the net and found that you were able to get accurate quotes online. Each room was taken individually, and you were asked what size TV etc was. We ended up taking only items that had sentimental value to us, and found that Almeria/Murcia had a great deal of choice. I think now with the exchange rate etc, it will be cheaper to transport as much as possible. Good luck.





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