Right then, you are thinking of moving to Malta, buying a new home and doing it all up exactly the way you want it. Fantastic! Is there anything more exciting than a new beginning?
It seems that nowadays finding the right place isn’t that much of a problem. Due to favorable government policies and a boom in construction, there is a lot of real estate for sale in Malta at the moment.
But, when it comes to choosing the interior design and furniture, things get a bit more complicated. To help, here are 4 things you must consider before buying the furniture for your new place.
- The climate
The weather in Malta has been often described as sunny, lovely and fantastic. And that’s absolutely true. However, what most people who visit the island for a brief period of time don’t consider is the humidity, and trust me on this, humidity is very much related to furniture. There is no point beating around the bush, humidity leads to mold. It sounds odd, but choosing furniture made of materials less prone to become moldy is extremely important.
Also, don’t forget the heat. It stays hot for a number of months and trying to have an afternoon nap on a leather sofa can become quite a sweaty and unpleasant experience.
Being an island, Malta relays heavily in imports, which often means two things – choices can be limited and prices can be a bit higher than expected. Possible solutions? There is always buying furniture online, although delivery can sometimes be a problem. An easier option, one that many Maltese people choose, is to go to the island of Sicily. It’s close enough for a day trip and bringing good back to Malta is relatively cheap with many companies offering such a service at quite reasonable rates.
- Property characteristics
It goes without saying that the type of property you purchase, being an apartment, villa or a town house, will have a determining factor on the choice of furniture. The thing to bare in mind is that there are many Character Properties in Malta. Pallazos, Farmhouses, Houses of Character and even Castles. Owning such a property does come with certain responsibilities. There is nothing wrong with modernizing such a place, but it goes without saying that most furniture has to at least try to keep the spirit of such properties alive.
So there you go, some simple suggestions, which will hopefully make your life easier when it comes to choosing and buying the furniture for your new home in Malta.