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Old 05.03.2010, 09:56
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So I made the mistake of ordering furniture online and have it all delivered, but am unable to assemble everything. Two things I need help with the most are a bed and wardrobe. I know this is last minute, but anyone available in the next few days or knows of anyone that can help.
Mannipul8tor and Alanshearer (both Basel) as well as PapaGoose (a bit further afield) offer their services on/across the EF

Type "handyman" in the search function and it'll come up with a few suggestions
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Re: Shopping at Ikea Basel (Pratteln)

Can anyone recommend a handyman to build furniture? During my move I made the mistake of ordering the furniture online and completely forgot to sign up for assembly. So I have everything but it's in its respective box. I keep going to buy tools to assemble various furniture and the tools end up falling short.

In the US I never had problems builidng IKEA furniture, but here for some reason the Furniture Gods are against me.

Any recommendations will be welcomed...and if beer money payments are optimal that can be arranged.

HELP!
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Old 05.03.2010, 10:39
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Re: Shopping at Ikea Basel (Pratteln)

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4. Hire a car. I ended up doing this. I went to Sixt by Badischer Bahnhof (where I live at the moment) and begged for a good price. Got a Modeo hatchback (no estate/combi for cheap, unfortunately) for 95Fr all in, for 24 hours. Ended up doing two trips to Ikea (if I had a combi it might have all fit in the one load), a trip to Weil am Rhein to stock up on beer and household products, and 20 minutes* to find a garage to fill up. Fuel cost 25Fr.
I did the same but hired a car at Europcar in Lörrach - they had a very cheap special offer, around 35 Euros for 24 hours, 100 km included. It was a huge van! We loaded it with a complete bedroom from Conforama (king size bed, 5-door cupboard, beside tables), a huge couch from Ikea, two cupboards for the living room, an armchair and of course the little things, such as dishes, decoration etc.

It was a great price and we were able to do all at once and luckily without the hurry to have to finish in one hour (would have been impossible!).
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Old 05.03.2010, 10:43
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Re: Shopping at Ikea Basel (Pratteln)

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2. Get it all delivered. It costs 10% of the price of the stuff you buy, minimum 95Fr. Advantages ... no carrying. Disadvantages ... might have to wait a couple of weeks for your stuff and take time off work when it arrives.
We have a lot of our furniture from Ikea - the quality is pretty good. You can get long-lasting real wood furniture from them for a very decent price. It's usually better quality than the barely affordable stuff from Möbel Pfister etc. If you're only here for a year, I sure wouldn't buy heavy and expensive furniture that you'll have to move back to Britain later - that costs a lot, will most likely damage it and give you a stomach ulcer.

Delivery from Ikea in Pratteln is quite fast - you pick up the stuff and move it to the delivery desk. There they'll give you a delivery date (usually within a couple of days). You can also opt to have everything assembled - no too expensive and entirely hassle-free. Ikea Pratteln doesn't do its own deliveries - they have a contractor (Jost, I believe) to do it for them

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Old 05.03.2010, 11:17
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We have a lot of our furniture from Ikea - the quality is pretty good. You can get long-lasting real wood furniture from them for a very decent price. It's usually better quality than the barely affordable stuff from Möbel Pfister etc. If you're only here for a year, I sure wouldn't buy heavy and expensive furniture that you'll have to move back to Britain later - that costs a lot, will most likely damage it and give you a stomach ulcer.

Delivery from Ikea in Pratteln is quite fast - you pick up the stuff and move it to the delivery desk. There they'll give you a delivery date (usually within a couple of days). You can also opt to have everything assembled - no too expensive and entirely hassle-free. Ikea Pratteln doesn't do its own deliveries - they have a contractor (Jost, I believe) to do it for them

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Totally agree, plus IKEA has different qualities depending on your budget. I do not understand about people saying they had to wait weeks, I never had to and I have bought from them a few times! Maybe if you order a kitchen then it is something else, still for our kitchen (in NL sorry) we only waited 3 weeks because we put it up and not them.
Really I have been to Interio and they have the same stuff or even cheaper quality and they carhge you 5 times for the stuff.
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Old 05.03.2010, 11:22
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Re: Shopping at Ikea Basel (Pratteln)

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Can anyone recommend a handyman to build furniture? During my move I made the mistake of ordering the furniture online and completely forgot to sign up for assembly. So I have everything but it's in its respective box. I keep going to buy tools to assemble various furniture and the tools end up falling short.

In the US I never had problems builidng IKEA furniture, but here for some reason the Furniture Gods are against me.

Any recommendations will be welcomed...and if beer money payments are optimal that can be arranged.

HELP!
See this post here: Shopping at Ikea Basel (Pratteln)
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Re: Shopping at Ikea Basel (Pratteln)

Meh, have to go through this thing. The posts are really useful.
Moving to the "permanent " apartment with no lights. The good old days of luxurious temp. apartment are over.
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Re: Shopping at Ikea Basel (Pratteln)

If you buy at a brocki then you could afford to pay for a delivery person
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I keep on recommending this place, its called Megamobel in Binzen, Germany (about 10 mins from the border). The prices are good, quality reasonable and you get the full 19% tax back (no commissions to pay). Another good place in Germany is Mann Immobilien in Freiburg (about 40 min drive from the border).

Ikea is great for the odd item, but go too far and it starts to look tacky and ubiquitous i.e. every expat seems to have the same furniture as you
How does one get the 19% tax back ?
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How does one get the 19% tax back ?
The store gives you a form, you fill your informations in, when you pass the border, you get it stamp, next time you go in the area, you stop at the store with the form, the store gives you the tax back.

Simple.
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The store gives you a form, you fill your informations in, when you pass the border, you get it stamp, next time you go in the area, you stop at the store with the form, the store gives you the tax back.

Simple.
And one would need to pay the import taxes in the Swiss side I suppose ?
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