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Update on Pre-Planning

After reading lots of threads on the topics of furniture buying, I have an update to share with anyone it might help.

We recently bought an apartment/condo in Sosua, unfurnished. We want to be able to use it soon. We also want to have most of our furniture sourced locally. But, we did not want to spend our first nights sleeping on the marble floor. 😊 Several people have lamented the idea of IKEA as an option, but we went with a hybrid solution that might also work for others.

I went to the IKEA in Indiana and did research on what I wanted. Basics....2 mattress, 2 beds, basic cookware.... enough to get us started but still have time to enjoy some downtime (shopping ;)) this trip.

So, I found what I wanted, took down numbers, etc. Then, I made a profile on the IKEA Santo Domingo site and picked it all out. I video chatted from my desk with a wonderful customer service rep in SD. He placed my order, then called me for credit card info. I worked with AMEX to deter any possibility of fraud.

The stuff will be delivered, with no additional charges, to Santiago. We then found a man, who came highly recommended, that we have hired to pick up in STI and deliver to Sosua. Yes, IKEA will deliver, but their delivery schedule to Sosua is sparse. We will meet our driver at the warehouse with the invoice, credit card with raised numbers and identification-all required for pick up.

The basic household items were very reasonably priced, the transaction super easy and hopefully, delivery will go as planned.

With the basics out of the way, we can go local and take our time browsing to find just the right pieces we want for our new home. It took some time and research, but I think this hybrid of basics to get started and lovely, local stuff will be the right choice for us.

If anyone needs help with the IKEA coordination, just let me know. And, I will update after everything is safely delivered.

Long post, but hopefully will help others. Starting from scratch, while exhilarating, can also be a bit overwhelming. 😎😎 See ya'll in a couple weeks.

Awesome post and information!  Please update us once delivery is done!!

ChristieE, you is one smart cooky. You gots the right way to get yo stuff. Commendable in many ways, clear, succient, (damn my spelling) without rambling on, which I'm prone to do!  You should continue to write about all of your doings. Thank you.

Gracias mi amigo!

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That sounds like our furniture journey for the last couple years! It's the topic of most of my blog ( see link) that I started just because I thought I would explode if I didn't get it out...and friends and family are sick of hearing about it! Hahaha...thanks God for this site, huh...great update! Nice to know others are taking the plunge!

Excellent hearing from newer expats and very much enjoying the blog.

Good to know that you enjoy the site.  How about contributing some posts. Everyone has something of value to share or ask.  Come on & and jump on this bus to ...........?  An open mind is the price of the fare.

this is what I love about this site,  when  expats help each other. There is so much to learn and to embrace here.   Some you will  love and some not so much.

Sharing the tricks you learn is awesome!

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