Furnishing a New Home

Mel, a would-be migrant, left the following question on my recent post, Errands:

About home furniture and appliances, Fantastic Furniture was recommended to me. Any other recommendations for new migrants on where to purchase the necessities in furnishing a home that would be budget friendly? Preferably in Werribee or nearby areas.

I already gave my short answer to this question on the comments area of the same post but let me elaborate on that now.

When I arrived in Australia, I was lucky enough to be housed by the company that hired me in an apartment that was already fully furnished. However, when I eventually moved to my own place, I had to furnish my apartment myself.

It’s a good thing I didn’t have to buy absolutely everything. Even with an unfurnished apartment, it would most likely come with a stove and oven. Sometimes, a clothes dryer or dishwasher or both are also included with the rental property.

So, in the end you’ll only probably only need the following: a bed, lounge furniture, dining furniture, microwave, refrigerator, TV and stereo. Okay, so you probably don’t need a stereo or a lounge (aka sofa), but I think the rest on my list are necessary.

For the furniture, I agree with your friend’s recommendation. From my experience, Fantastic Furniture seems to offer the cheapest decent furniture you can buy out here. You can also maybe get cheap furniture at places like The Warehouse. Alternatively, of course, you can go with used furniture. I’m just not comfortable with the idea of sitting on somebody else’s old lounge.

As for white goods and home electronics, you will probably want to go to The Good Guys where the prices seem to be cheap to begin with. But if you pay with cash, you get to pay less. You can also try Big W or Kmart. I bought my Sanyo TV from Big W at a real bargain.

For other bargain shopping needs, you can take a look at the Bargain Shoppers: Guide to Sydney & Melbourne website for a list of shops.

Apart from buying at brick-and-mortar shops, you can also buy furniture and appliances from eBay, too. Before moving to Melbourne from Canberra, Raquel and I sold most of our old furniture through eBay. The winners of the bidding had to pick up the items from the house though as it would’ve been expensive to have to deliver the items to them.

You can also buy the Trading Post newspaper (which is similar to the Buy & Sell Free Ads Paper we have in the Philippines) at your local newsagency.

I’d still prefer to buy brand new furniture and appliances though as those usually have guarantees from the shop that sold them. But, if you are looking to save, buying used stuff may be the way to go.

Published in: on October 25, 2005 at 5:23 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. I didn’t think of installment payment that much as well until I bought my TV n got to talk with the sales rep of Harvey Norman. They are alright as long as ur certain that u won’t be unemployed while in debt or u’l definitely be buried in interests incurred for mispayments. 😉
    Glad to help, mate!!:)>-

  2. @nussh: Thanks for the info regarding the installment payments. I never did know what that was about but only because I was never interested in paying for something in installments. As for Fantastic Furniture, well, like I said, they are cheaper. Now that we’re moving to a new house, we’re planning on replacing our older furniture we bought from there with something from Freedom or Ikea. But we’ll be doing that gradually. There’s a lot of money involved and we don’t have heaps. 😉 I’ll probably look into this installment payments you mentioned some more, too. Thanks.

  3. hi guys!
    installment payments- interests free are usually available for 12 or even 24 or 48 months (I think the 48 mons though will ask for a deposit- 1/3 of the price). First among the requirements is that one is a resident or a citizen ( of course), identification (either Oz driver’s license or passport or medicare card), proof of address (bills with ur name n add in it), proof of salary as well.
    Fantastic furnitures!!! Come on! Have u actually checked them out? OK I can’t blame u they r really cheaper- for obvoius reasons… Personally I’d go to Freedom or Domain/Harvey Norman (both have the interest free payment scheme, the latter though is more expensive) or even Ikea (there’s 1 in Richmond) or probably check out the numerous furniture stores ( a bit posh though but some of them are factory outlets) along Church St in Richmond.
    When we first arrived here we bought some of our wooden furnitures in 2nd hand stores. It’s easier to chuck them when your more settled;)

  4. I’m interested with the package deals of Fantastic Furniture especially the living room and dining room furnitures. It says in their webiste that i can pay a minimal amount every week. Would you happen to know what are the requirements in order to avail of these deals? Do they deliver within the day and is the delivery free of charge?

    I also would be hesitant to buy a used sofa, who knows what germs and mites are lurking under them :d

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