Are you worried about how to furnish your home to get settled in a new place, in a new country?
After all the pain in relocating to a new country like Italy, finding an ideal home for your stay and promptly completing all the documentation procedures to get your own Permesso di Soggiorno, it is now time to get settled.
If you are lucky you can end up with a really nice home that has beautiful furnishings in it. And you can start to live in your own comfort from day one.
But what happens if you either got an empty house unfurnished or say you happen to rent a newly built house from builders?
Or like me, you wanted to furnish your home all based on your own taste?
I understand your concern and agree completely. It is not an easy task to get your home furnished from scratch, especially when you are in a foreign land. Add to that, with language difficulty too.
The first and foremost question coming in your mind is “How much does furnishing the home from scratch cost?”.
Moreover, money is not the only concern. It is also about the efforts involved in transporting the furniture to furnish your home.
You can find real good furnishings that can last a generation, but all those comes at its own cost. If you can afford that money without an inch of worry on cost, then this post is not for you.
Wait, do not think I am going to show you cheaper options. As you may know, a lesser price product is not the same as a cheap product.
This post is for all those people looking for economical ways to furnish your dream home in Italy.
Furnish Your Home For Free
I know. I always say that there is no free lunch. But then why do I mention it as free?
There is a solid reason.
The furniture will be given for free, no questions. But there is a hidden cost to packing & moving the furniture safely to your place. Now, you may be wondering why do people give it away for free.
Like most western countries, Italy is also expensive to move your belongings to the new locations when you relocate. It’s also expensive to dispose of them due to strict regulations.
People need to spend a lot of money for someone to visit their place, remove and dismantle the things. So, they look for other prospective buyers to pick up the furniture from their place at no additional cost.
In fact, it will be more like saving for them. Remember, he or she could be staying in a high rise apartment. The cost involved to bring them down to dispose of can be compensated by allowing others to pick at their own cost.
Even in the case of people relocating, they need to dispose of all their furnishings before handing the empty home to the owner. If you happen to meet such a seller, then I would say you have hit the jackpot. Here you would find everything you need to furnish your home from scratch.
Don’t you think it is a win-win situation for both parties?
Find the Right Sellers
Thousands move every day in the country and in your city. But, how do you find such people?
Ha, that is the easiest part.
Gone are the days when we need to spread the news and requirement through word of mouth. While it still works, we have a much better and optimal choice these days.
All you have to do is to pick your mobile or laptop and start the search for your required product. Today there are tons of online classified portals like Subito. Here, you can find both the sellers who wanted to dispose of their things for free and also the ones who are selling it for a price.
In fact, you can even advertise a post asking for some items to furnish your home. Believe me, you will get tons and tons of responses. And half of it would be from some agents.
Prepare a list of prospective sellers, and be ready to visit and inspect the published articles. Often the picture you saw in the publication would be from the internet or from the product companies website and not the real one. So, make sure you inspect and negotiate the price.
Finally, fix a date and pick it up in your vehicle.
Mercatini del Usato or the market where you can find used furniture is quite common in Italy. Since it says used, it does not mean these are worn-out furniture. Here you can find everything from reasonably new to good old antiques to furnish your home.
You will not only find just the furniture like the bed, sofa, etc but here you can also find electronic appliances required for your house like Television, Fridge, Washing machine, Dishwasher, etc.
If you are not in a hurry, you could even keep them informed that you are in need of a certain type of fittings for your kitchen. Do not be surprised if you are lucky, they will be able to source it and deliver straight at your doorsteps.
I would recommend you make a visit to a couple of such shops in your neighborhood before making your final decision. You never know, where you will get your most wanted things.
Economical Option To Furnish Your Home
It is a general perception that furnishings one’s home with new purchases would be very expensive. On the contrary, they are not always. Thanks to technology and the chain of shops that offer economical pricing, it’s so easy to furnish your home.
There are three major vendors who can be friendly to your pocket and help you find the economical furnishings.
- Mondo Convenienza
- Leroy Merlin
The shops like Ikea and Mondo Convenienza are more to get readymade or modern furniture for your living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. On the other hand, Leroy Merlin is more of a DIY – Do It Yourself – kind of shop.
Ikea is a Swedish chain selling almost everything under the sun.
Be it a light fitting for your home, or those kitchen utensils, or those bedroom furnishings, you will find it all at this place. Most things available here are modular and you can buy and built it yourself.
You can browse through the shop for all different kinds of light fittings, mirrors, or decorative articles for your home. All you need is patience, and time to select from the innumerous collection of articles.
Are you looking for those study table for your young son? Are you in need of getting the bedroom fitted with carpets? Is your wife looking for the kitchen cutleries?
Even if you are looking for those fittings for the bathroom, you will find it here.
In case you are looking for the wardrobes or kitchen modules, then my recommendation would be to fix an appointment with them, discuss and design as per your own taste to furnish your home sweet home. Of course, everything comes with a price, but when it comes to our home, we all go for those extra miles. Isn’t it?
A word of caution. The shopping in Ikea is more addictive in nature. I cannot recollect any incident where I came back from here without making my wallet lighter.
Did I tell you I have visited here just for the food in their cafeterias? Yes, they have an excellent cafeteria where you not only quench your thirst but also enjoy those nice grilled salmon.
Have you ever wondered what happens to all those displayed articles inside the showroom? They are not thrown away. They are sold for heavily discounted prices.
Usually at the end of the shopping, just before the cash counters, you would find the section marked “Occasione“. Do not miss to make a short visit here. It is the place to find all the last pieces or the articles that were used as displays which will be sold at a thrown away price.
One good thing with Ikea is you can either have them delivered to your door at an extra cost, or you can also rent the Furgone from Ikea itself at a very nominal price. The charges start from 20 Euro for every 2 hours.
This is a good alternative to Ikea showrooms. You will find too many options for modern furniture needed to furnish your home.
These come handy when you want to plan for furnishing the entire kitchen or bedroom or those living room. There are innumerable so-called standard configurations available from Mondo Convenienza. All you have to do is to know the size of your room and keep looking at the catalog.
My personal preference is this one. Why? Because the collections they have on the display or the brochures make it easy to match every room with our themes.
These are very economical and cost-effective. You can furnish your bedroom with cot, mattress, and wardrobes with full-size mirror all as low as 400 Euros.
They not only deliver the furniture but will also get it installed on your premises at a very nominal cost.
Leroy Merlin is a home improvement and gardening retailer with a global presence. They offer products for DIYs, decoration, construction, etc
For your bathrooms and other fittings, you may need to get things purchased and installed by experts. Leroy Merlin is a large hardware shop. Here you can even find the items to repair and install things in your home.
They sell not just the products to furnish your home, but also the tools and kits needed to get those installed in your home. So, remember, is it a nail for hanging your wall clock, or a bathtub for your bathroom you find it all at Leroy Merlin.
If you are really not able to get the fittings installed in your place, or you in need of electricians or plumbers, you can safely contact these people. They have arrangements with such people, and at some additional cost, will help you to not just deliver the things, but also install, test and verify it for you.
Move things to furnish your home
Let’s face it. Sometimes, the furniture would cost much less than the charges you need to pay for the packer and movers.
And it is not possible to move all the things using ours or our friend’s car. Some of the things could be too big to fit in the car.
Let us say, you have been lucky and have found an ideal location to pick all your favorite furniture. Be it the pre-owned from the shop or from a house, or from the showrooms, you need to arrange for the pickup.
Yes, once you have sourced your things, the next challenge is to arrange to pick it up. If you approach any packers or movers, as I mentioned before, it would be costing more than buying a piece of new furniture.
So, my recommendation is to use the rental service of ATM or Enjoy providers who can rent the “Furgone” or the mini-truck for moving things.
This would be the cheapest way to get your things safe and sound to your place at the minimalistic cost. On average, a regular Furgone should cost around 100 euros per day within Milan city.
You should have similar options in other cities as well, make sure you check it before approaching the packer and movers.
Tip: Make sure you plan all the pickups on the same day so you can get the moving done in a single day thereby making a good saving in rentals.
Let me share with you a secret now. I actually did my relocation to the new house using the rental Furgone. In fact, at that time I did not have the Patente, driving license, for Italy. Hence took the help of my friend who was kind enough to spend his whole Sunday in moving the things.
So, do not hesitate. There are many friendly people in Italy, who will be more than happy to help you out in such events.
Hope this article would help you to save lots of money when it comes to furnishing your home in Italy.