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Buying Furniture in Mexico

Buying furniture in Queretaro is not that different from the States. They have modern and antique furniture stores ranging from Contemporary to Victorian. It’s always exciting to buy new furniture, especially for a new house.

On our visits to Mexico last year, we researched furniture prices to make sure we could afford the cost of living and furnish our house. The price of shipping here would have been astronomical, and the delay in shipping goods would have meant we would have been living on a cold tile floor for months. Buying furniture down here was the smart thing to do.

Our major priorities in buying furniture were functionality and comfort. Later we could shop for more aesthetic pieces at the artisan markets to give our home personality.

At each store, we had to show proof of address, and our passports as a form of identification. My passport has been copied more times in the first 6 weeks here than all my previous years of having a passport. I’m sure my picture is up on the internet or a public bathroom somewhere.

The deliveries were the most interesting and entertaining part of buying furniture. Sometimes the delivery was scheduled 3 days away, other times the deliveries were 2-3 weeks later. We had surprise deliveries, and also forgotten deliveries. Sometimes it was on an official store brand truck, other times on a pickup truck. Either way, each piece was protected in cardboard and plastic to the point that if it fell off the truck, the piece wouldn’t be damaged.

DICO was the least expensive, and we got a deal on two beds, a couch and TV table. All were delivered in less than a week on a pickup truck.

We bought all our appliancesLiverpool in the Antea Lifestyle Center. Why? They are constantly having discounts on top of discounts! We bought a full- size refrigerator, washer, dryer, and 65” TV, all with a store discount on top of the manufacturers’ discounts. The delivery dates for these were supposed to be one-two weeks. After a week, we went back to the store to double check on delivery dates. The TV was going to take another 2 weeks, so we bought a 40” TV that we could carry out of the store and shove in the back of an Uber.

The washer, dryer and refrigerator were going to be another 3 weeks. So we bought a mini-fridge to get us by. The lady at the store told us there was no way it was going to fit in an Uber. She was kind enough to arrange a taxi truck to help us get it home.  Two days later we had a surprise delivery of the big fridge and washer. Now we have a designated wine fridge.

The dryer arrived 2 weeks after that. We were excited to have an electric dryer running on 110watts, until we discovered in the manual that it ran on natural gas. The gas in our tank is LP. We had to wait another 3 weeks until a whirlpool repairman could come out and change the gas motor. Drying our clothes in the sun for over a month was not fun. The clothes were covered with lint, dried crunchy and critters liked to hide in the towels.

Our rooftop patio furniture and grill came from Homea near downtown Queretaro. The patio furniture was delivered the same day we bought it.  This is us enjoying a sunset dinner on the roof.

There were a few hiccups along the way. One store “forgot” to schedule a delivery on our tables. Another store made us pick up our nightstands from the warehouse because we weren’t home at the designated 8am-8pm delivery time. And twice the store salesperson had left the company, and no one bothered to check their sales records and delivery dates.

We have all the necessities to live, and now we can take our time and explore the markets and other home good stores for the pretty accents that will give our home that “Mexican” charm.

 

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4 Comments

  • Nina Chandler

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your furniture experience.
    I’m moving to Queretaro in January and will be doing the same thing.

    Nina Chandler

  • James Moseley

    Traveling to the highlands of Mexico from Texas this last summer was an amazing trip and besides a few car issues we did not experience any issues at all. I was so impressed with the cities we explored but Santiago de Queretaro was my favorite.

    I am really considering moving to Queretaro in few years and do not know Spanish. Is it very difficult to live without knowing the language right away? How much are house prices in the area that you bought in? Do you recommend a real estate company to work with? How much are homes in the historic area?

    Thank you,
    James

    • Tiffany

      Hi James,

      That sounds like quite a road trip! Queretaro is pretty special. For the most part, not knowing a lot of Spanish isn’t a big issue. Many people we’ve met have spoken a little English, or people have approached us to help, or there’s always Google Translate which almost everyone has on their phone. But since you are planning on moving in a few years, you have time to learn the basics.

      Housing prices right now are reasonable, but they continue to go up. A house in the Centro area will cost more because of the location. I have a friend living in a one bedroom furnished apartment for $525, and another friend about to move to Centro into a 5 bedroom 2 bath casona for $1000 a month. We live about 25 minutes away in a 3/2 with rooftop terrace for $475.

      I do recommend working with a realtor because open houses are rare. The realtor will help make appointments for you to see houses. They need at least a week or two notice to line up a few houses for a day or two. If you try to set up appointments the day of or the next day, you’ll see 1-2 houses only.

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