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How much to set up a house in NZ?

Old Mar 25th 2013, 4:16 pm
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Hi we are considering selling/ leaving most of our furniture back in the UK. We would just bring across essentials and things that we really wanted.
I was wondering if $20,000 wold be enough money to set up a house for 2 adult and 2 kids.
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Old Mar 25th 2013, 5:53 pm
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As far a I understand it is usually cheaper to ship furniture as replacing in NZ can be more expensive.

It's costing us about £3500 to ship all our stuff.
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The reason we are gonna leave most stuff is because my hubbies parents own the house (part of farm). They are then gonna rent out the house as a holiday let so it needs o be furnished. They will give us money to buy what need over there. That way if after 2 years we decided its not for us, our house is still here with its stuff. But trying to work out howmuch we will need to buy new x
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Aha, fair enough. I haven't got there yet so can't speak from experience, but check out trademe.co.nz its their eBay / amazon and sells EVERYTHING !
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But trying to work out how much we will need to buy new x
Depends, of course, on what sort of quality you want. "Cheap as chips" or "McMansion".

Also depends on whether you're renting or buying. Some places rent furnished or semi-furnished, others are bare walls and floors.

For a 'reasonable' level of quality, excluding a fully fitted kitchen, $20K should be plenty. There are several 'furniture warehouse' type places, and if you can wait for a Sale for some of the stuff you can save a lot of money.

These guys: http://www.bigsave.co.nz/ have always given us a good deal, and we've bought plenty from them. It will give you an indication of furniture prices. For things like cutlery, then Briscoes http://www.briscoes.co.nz/ usually have a sale on. We've bought loads from them, too. Towels, pots & pans, glasses & cups, dinnerware, and so on.
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Oh, yeah, and when you first get here you'll have nothing, so your first trip to Briscoes I suggest getting TWO trollies! They sell just about everything you need for setting up a household, excluding furniture.

WRT mattresses, I also suggest getting mattress protectors. It can get hot in summer, depending on where you are located, and you don't want to be sweating through a brand new mattress!
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And another thing - don't be shy about asking for a bargain. If you're buying a houseful of furniture then you want a 'deal'!! Or you'll go next door, and get one there!
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At the cheaper end of the scale is The Warehouse (where Kiwi's get a bargain). We picked up a decent 150L chest freezer for $299 last weekend and my $400 heat pump/air con is still purring away.
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my $400 heat pump/air con is still purring away.
where did you get a heat/pump at that price?
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It was a Warehouse special back on 06.01.13, The red alert deal of the day. Only a cheap and cheerful 3.5kw Akai. We've already got a log burner but wanted something to cool. Us Northerners aren't used to the NZ summers!
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It was a Warehouse special back on 06.01.13, The red alert deal of the day. Only a cheap and cheerful 3.5kw Akai. We've already got a log burner but wanted something to cool. Us Northerners aren't used to the NZ summers!
Must be cheap as Akai use to make good stereo's
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Right up there with Matsui and Sanyo I believe.
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I came over in 2010. Other than white wear (which came with my rental) I set up a full 2 bedroom house with $5000. Lot so stuff (pots, crockery etc) was cheap Warehouse 'make do's' while I waited for my boxes to arrive but almost all of it is still going strong.
Sofas from Big Save, beds from a local bed warehouse/factory (my real estate agents husband was the foreman so got a good deal) dining table and bedroom furniture were 'off the floor' sale models from Harvey Norman, pretty much everything else from Briscoes or Warehouse.
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If you're looking for something more permanent and up to date then take a look at http://www.freedomfurniture.co.nz/

Farmers have a permanent sale on too, we bought sofas from there: http://catalogues.farmers.co.nz/ the good thing about Farmers is they barely ever change their range, so if you break a plate you can still get the same ones; two for the price of one, seven years later.

If it's Auckland you're coming to, we find the prices of electricals and appliances are consistently cheaper than elsewhere at: http://www.magnessbenrow.co.nz/
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