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01-10-2020, 14:16   #121
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I'd be pretty organised on stuff like this, and I like excel, so I kept a pretty detailed tracker when we were buying a couple of years ago. Not sure how the formatting will copy since I'm copying from excel, so apologies if it's all over the place!

Legal fees:
Stamp duty
Solicitor's fees
Land registry and searches
Building survey
Valuation fees

It's 1% for stamp duty and then approximately another 1% for everything else combined.

Furnishing and other costs:
We listed every room in the house and all the items we thought we would need to buy for each of them and allocated a rough budget. For the likes of the kitchen, there was so much small stuff, it wasn't even about the budgeting, just a way of reminding ourselves of everything we needed!

The below totals about €21k. Ended up being not far off what we had budgeted. Forgot some stuff, decided we didn't need others, some cost more than expected, some less, etc. but it generally evened out. We also noted the items that weren't urgent and didn't buy those right away until we were sure we had the money; probably had everything on this list sorted within 6-9 months of moving in.

General
Arrange professional cleaning €250
Arrange moving in date and book van €150
Change door locks once keys received €300
Get chimney swept €70
Get smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm €50
Get boiler serviced and new timer fitted €150
Lawnmower €350
Ladder €100
Robovac €300

Master bedroom
King bed €300
Mattress €700
Duvet, pillows * 2 and mattress protector €120
Fitted king sheets * 2 €50
Sliding wardrobes €1,500
Chest of drawers €500
Bedside lockers * 2 €300
Lamp * 2 €50
Curtains * 2 €300
Repair walls and paint room €250
Light fitting €100

Master bedroom en-suite
Shelves/freestanding unit for storage €50
Bin €10
Towel rails (1 for hand towel; 1 for bath towel) €30

Bedroom 2
Double bed €250
Mattress €250
Bedside lockers * 2 €200
Lamp €25
Wardrobe and chest of drawers €400
Curtains * 2 €300

Bedroom 3 (downstairs)
Double bed €250
Mattress €250
Bedside lockers * 2 €200
Lamp €25
Light fitting €100

Bedroom 4 / fun room
Sliding wardrobes €2,200
Light fitting €75

Home office
Desk * 2 €300
Chair * 2 €300
Lamp * 2 €50
Monitor * 2 €240
Keyboard * 2 €30
Rug * 2 €100

Main bathroom (upstairs)
Hand towel rail €15
Bin €10

Hall (upstairs)
Repair walls and paint room €300

Bathroom (downstairs)
Bin €10

Utility room
Washer €350
Dryer €450
Hand towel rail €15

Kitchen/dining room
Table and 6 chairs €1,000
Curtains (dining room) €200
Blinds (kitchen & patio door) €200
Fridge freezer €850
Oven €600
Hob & extractor €500
Microwave €150
Kettle €40
Toaster €40
Dishwasher €200
Bins €20
Crockery set €100
Tea/coffee holders €18
Large bowls €20
Cutlery set €30
Mug tree and mugs €50
Glasses €50
Salt and pepper shaker €15
Sugar bowl €10
Chopping board €10
Spice rack €10
Kitchen roll holder €5
Baking set €50
Teapot €30
Utensil holder and tongs, spoons, ladle €15
Apron €11
Oven mitts €5
Silicon mat (for hot pots/pans) €10
Mat (inside patio doors) €15
Knife sharpener €10
Steamer €25
Dish drainer €10
Mop and bucket €10
Brush €7
Ironing board €50
Dining room console table €200

Living room
Large two seater sofa €700
Two seater sofa €600
TV €500
TV stand €100
Lamp €50
Side table * 2 €120
Rug €75
Cushion * 6 €60
Coal/turf storage €30
Fireplace accessories (including ashes bucket) €40
Curtains * 2 €300
Art commissioning €100
Repair walls and paint room €250

Hall (downstairs)
Table €100
Mirror €100
Welcome mat €20
Sideboard for under stairs €350
Repair walls and paint room €300
Thank you for this detailed list!
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01-10-2020, 18:08   #122
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I'd be pretty organised on stuff like this, and I like excel, so I kept a pretty detailed tracker when we were buying a couple of years ago. Not sure how the formatting will copy since I'm copying from excel, so apologies if it's all over the place!

Legal fees:
Stamp duty
Solicitor's fees
Land registry and searches
Building survey
Valuation fees

It's 1% for stamp duty and then approximately another 1% for everything else combined.

Furnishing and other costs:
We listed every room in the house and all the items we thought we would need to buy for each of them and allocated a rough budget. For the likes of the kitchen, there was so much small stuff, it wasn't even about the budgeting, just a way of reminding ourselves of everything we needed!

The below totals about €21k. Ended up being not far off what we had budgeted. Forgot some stuff, decided we didn't need others, some cost more than expected, some less, etc. but it generally evened out. We also noted the items that weren't urgent and didn't buy those right away until we were sure we had the money; probably had everything on this list sorted within 6-9 months of moving in.

General
Arrange professional cleaning €250
Arrange moving in date and book van €150
Change door locks once keys received €300
Get chimney swept €70
Get smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm €50
Get boiler serviced and new timer fitted €150
Lawnmower €350
Ladder €100
Robovac €300

Master bedroom
King bed €300
Mattress €700
Duvet, pillows * 2 and mattress protector €120
Fitted king sheets * 2 €50
Sliding wardrobes €1,500
Chest of drawers €500
Bedside lockers * 2 €300
Lamp * 2 €50
Curtains * 2 €300
Repair walls and paint room €250
Light fitting €100

Master bedroom en-suite
Shelves/freestanding unit for storage €50
Bin €10
Towel rails (1 for hand towel; 1 for bath towel) €30

Bedroom 2
Double bed €250
Mattress €250
Bedside lockers * 2 €200
Lamp €25
Wardrobe and chest of drawers €400
Curtains * 2 €300

Bedroom 3 (downstairs)
Double bed €250
Mattress €250
Bedside lockers * 2 €200
Lamp €25
Light fitting €100

Bedroom 4 / fun room
Sliding wardrobes €2,200
Light fitting €75

Home office
Desk * 2 €300
Chair * 2 €300
Lamp * 2 €50
Monitor * 2 €240
Keyboard * 2 €30
Rug * 2 €100

Main bathroom (upstairs)
Hand towel rail €15
Bin €10

Hall (upstairs)
Repair walls and paint room €300

Bathroom (downstairs)
Bin €10

Utility room
Washer €350
Dryer €450
Hand towel rail €15

Kitchen/dining room
Table and 6 chairs €1,000
Curtains (dining room) €200
Blinds (kitchen & patio door) €200
Fridge freezer €850
Oven €600
Hob & extractor €500
Microwave €150
Kettle €40
Toaster €40
Dishwasher €200
Bins €20
Crockery set €100
Tea/coffee holders €18
Large bowls €20
Cutlery set €30
Mug tree and mugs €50
Glasses €50
Salt and pepper shaker €15
Sugar bowl €10
Chopping board €10
Spice rack €10
Kitchen roll holder €5
Baking set €50
Teapot €30
Utensil holder and tongs, spoons, ladle €15
Apron €11
Oven mitts €5
Silicon mat (for hot pots/pans) €10
Mat (inside patio doors) €15
Knife sharpener €10
Steamer €25
Dish drainer €10
Mop and bucket €10
Brush €7
Ironing board €50
Dining room console table €200

Living room
Large two seater sofa €700
Two seater sofa €600
TV €500
TV stand €100
Lamp €50
Side table * 2 €120
Rug €75
Cushion * 6 €60
Coal/turf storage €30
Fireplace accessories (including ashes bucket) €40
Curtains * 2 €300
Art commissioning €100
Repair walls and paint room €250

Hall (downstairs)
Table €100
Mirror €100
Welcome mat €20
Sideboard for under stairs €350
Repair walls and paint room €300
Each to their own and that's a fairly detailed list
Can I ask one question out of genuine interest
You spent 1000 euro on your main bed and mattress
Yet you spent the same on a dining room set and 1300 euro on 2 sofas
Was there any reason for this as I would have spent more than double that on the bed and got by with a cheap dining room table and chairs and sofa
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01-10-2020, 19:08   #123
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Each to their own and that's a fairly detailed list
Can I ask one question out of genuine interest
You spent 1000 euro on your main bed and mattress
Yet you spent the same on a dining room set and 1300 euro on 2 sofas
Was there any reason for this as I would have spent more than double that on the bed and got by with a cheap dining room table and chairs and sofa
We spent 750 on a fancy foam mattress (sleepeve), which is fantastic quality. The frame was a pretty cheap one (about 250) which we thought would be fine given the mattress was the key part. That actually turned out to be a false economy as we had to change the frame after 2 years because it was so creaky and not solid enough. So in hindsight we should have spent another 150 or 200 on a better frame, but would buy the same mattress again in the morning.

Our table and chairs set was a bit of a splurge (we actually spent about 1300 quid) but it's a fantastic quality solid oak set from EZ Living which honestly is going to last a very long time if we look after it, plus it's gorgeous to look at so happy to have spent the money.

Same with the sofas, they ended up costing about 1600 in total I think, but again they are good quality fabric recliners and are still like new.

Things like that which we are using all the time are worth getting good quality - we made this back cheaping out on stuff that doesn't matter as much.
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Guys I'm a bit undecided on mattresses. So basically there are these pocket spring types (king koil, silent night etc) and then there are these memory foam ones. Any idea which one's better. King koils are more expensive but I always thought that life of a coil mattress would be lesser than a memory foam one. Am I wrong?
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01-10-2020, 21:28   #125
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Some people (OK, it may just be me!) find memory foam intolerable to sleep on. They also stink like hell for the first while, even if you do all the off-gassing procedures recommended.

They have similar lifespans if not slightly shorter for memory foam, as the foam eventually breaks down

As for springs, there are two main types - box spring and pocket spring - but there are better engineered box spring units available that claim to have the resilience of pocket sping.... which is impossible for an end user to verify of course.


Beds and sofas are both hideously overpriced and also absolute cases of buy cheap buy twice. Avoid "PU Leather/Bonded Leather" on everything including bed headboards, it'll fail and crack and fall off the fabric backing. This is sold as real leather, and it is true that it has some cow in it, but its basically plastic and fabric.
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01-10-2020, 21:29   #126
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Some people (OK, it may just be me!) find memory foam intolerable to sleep on.
Not just you!
I can't stand them, too warm and feels like sleeping on marshmallow.
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Not just you!
I can't stand them, too warm and feels like sleeping on marshmallow.
Yes not in a mattress. Memory foam pillows are nice though
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01-10-2020, 22:34   #128
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Most important rule

Never ever believe "half price" sales or worse still, "after event" price.

Avoid shops that advertise very heavily on TV - YOU are paying for those adverts.


Ikea are decent for basic furniture, also decent mattresses.

Crap sheets and duvet covers though.

Michael Murphy and ez living are decent for furniture.

Also there are several places that sell slightly damaged / shop soiled goods.



Dfs are best avoided as are Currys for electricals (appalling service records)
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Guys I'm a bit undecided on mattresses. So basically there are these pocket spring types (king koil, silent night etc) and then there are these memory foam ones. Any idea which one's better. King koils are more expensive but I always thought that life of a coil mattress would be lesser than a memory foam one. Am I wrong?
I am 60 and married for 38 years ,and one thing I have learned is to spend good money on shoes and a mattress
You spend 16 hrs in one and 8 in the other
Spending cheap on a mattress is false economy
The benefits of a good nights sleep on every aspect of your life from work to social to sex your general mood cannot be underestimated
I would recommend spending at least 2k (RRP ) on a mattress and 800-1000 min on a frame
There are regular sales in all the major stores
King Coil and Silentnight are good brands ,and I would avoid those roll up mattresses
You will regret spending cheap on a good nights sleep
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I'd be pretty organised on stuff like this, and I like excel, so I kept a pretty detailed tracker when we were buying a couple of years ago. Not sure how the formatting will copy since I'm copying from excel, so apologies if it's all over the place!

Legal fees:
Stamp duty
Solicitor's fees
Land registry and searches
Building survey
Valuation fees

It's 1% for stamp duty and then approximately another 1% for everything else combined.

Furnishing and other costs:
We listed every room in the house and all the items we thought we would need to buy for each of them and allocated a rough budget. For the likes of the kitchen, there was so much small stuff, it wasn't even about the budgeting, just a way of reminding ourselves of everything we needed!

The below totals about €21k. Ended up being not far off what we had budgeted. Forgot some stuff, decided we didn't need others, some cost more than expected, some less, etc. but it generally evened out. We also noted the items that weren't urgent and didn't buy those right away until we were sure we had the money; probably had everything on this list sorted within 6-9 months of moving in.

General
Arrange professional cleaning €250
Arrange moving in date and book van €150
Change door locks once keys received €300
Get chimney swept €70
Get smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm €50
Get boiler serviced and new timer fitted €150
Lawnmower €350
Ladder €100
Robovac €300

Master bedroom
King bed €300
Mattress €700
Duvet, pillows * 2 and mattress protector €120
Fitted king sheets * 2 €50
Sliding wardrobes €1,500
Chest of drawers €500
Bedside lockers * 2 €300
Lamp * 2 €50
Curtains * 2 €300
Repair walls and paint room €250
Light fitting €100

Master bedroom en-suite
Shelves/freestanding unit for storage €50
Bin €10
Towel rails (1 for hand towel; 1 for bath towel) €30

Bedroom 2
Double bed €250
Mattress €250
Bedside lockers * 2 €200
Lamp €25
Wardrobe and chest of drawers €400
Curtains * 2 €300

Bedroom 3 (downstairs)
Double bed €250
Mattress €250
Bedside lockers * 2 €200
Lamp €25
Light fitting €100

Bedroom 4 / fun room
Sliding wardrobes €2,200
Light fitting €75

Home office
Desk * 2 €300
Chair * 2 €300
Lamp * 2 €50
Monitor * 2 €240
Keyboard * 2 €30
Rug * 2 €100

Main bathroom (upstairs)
Hand towel rail €15
Bin €10

Hall (upstairs)
Repair walls and paint room €300

Bathroom (downstairs)
Bin €10

Utility room
Washer €350
Dryer €450
Hand towel rail €15

Kitchen/dining room
Table and 6 chairs €1,000
Curtains (dining room) €200
Blinds (kitchen & patio door) €200
Fridge freezer €850
Oven €600
Hob & extractor €500
Microwave €150
Kettle €40
Toaster €40
Dishwasher €200
Bins €20
Crockery set €100
Tea/coffee holders €18
Large bowls €20
Cutlery set €30
Mug tree and mugs €50
Glasses €50
Salt and pepper shaker €15
Sugar bowl €10
Chopping board €10
Spice rack €10
Kitchen roll holder €5
Baking set €50
Teapot €30
Utensil holder and tongs, spoons, ladle €15
Apron €11
Oven mitts €5
Silicon mat (for hot pots/pans) €10
Mat (inside patio doors) €15
Knife sharpener €10
Steamer €25
Dish drainer €10
Mop and bucket €10
Brush €7
Ironing board €50
Dining room console table €200

Living room
Large two seater sofa €700
Two seater sofa €600
TV €500
TV stand €100
Lamp €50
Side table * 2 €120
Rug €75
Cushion * 6 €60
Coal/turf storage €30
Fireplace accessories (including ashes bucket) €40
Curtains * 2 €300
Art commissioning €100
Repair walls and paint room €250

Hall (downstairs)
Table €100
Mirror €100
Welcome mat €20
Sideboard for under stairs €350
Repair walls and paint room €300
This is absolutely brilliant, thank you
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It might sound crazy but I found by hiring a interior designer I saved a small fortune in the overall costs of kitting out the home and it looked awesome after it was finished. Our's got deals on almost everything and easily paid her fee twice over with the savings.

My daughter when moving into her first flat a couple of years ago used a junior designer and did it on a very tight budget.
Hi can you recommend a name who did your interiors
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It might sound crazy but I found by hiring a interior designer I saved a small fortune in the overall costs of kitting out the home and it looked awesome after it was finished. Our's got deals on almost everything and easily paid her fee twice over with the savings.

My daughter when moving into her first flat a couple of years ago used a junior designer and did it on a very tight budget.
This is great advice. I only saw it a few weeks ago. Friends of mine built a house. They hired a junior designer and she made so many changes / suggestions to what they weee going to do. They said hiring her was the best thing they did.
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I would recommend spending at least 2k (RRP ) on a mattress and 800-1000 min on a frame

You will regret spending cheap on a good nights sleep
I think that is a case of it depends

I have a sturdy metal frame that was about 150 and a decent memory foam mattress that was about 250 and I have never slept better before.

Sleep is something very personal and for one person spending 3k might be totally worth it but someone else might have slept as well spending a fraction of that.
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This is great advice. I only saw it a few weeks ago. Friends of mine built a house. They hired a junior designer and she made so many changes / suggestions to what they weee going to do. They said hiring her was the best thing they did.
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