The process of buying a new home and moving house always comes with a long list of things to do and research. We have been helping people relocate for many years, both abroad and locally, so we know exactly how much preparation work is required. In this article we list a handful of people that you may need to get in touch with if you are moving to Kensington. Many of these suppliers offer their services all over London, so this could also be a handy guide for those moving to anywhere in the central London area.
If you are considering buying a property in central London you will be needing a budget that most people can only dream of. With this in mind you will need an estate agent that is experienced in dealing with premium properties. Very few know the central London property market better than Harrods Estate Agents. The luxury property agents specialise in the most opulent houses and apartments in Kensington, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Mayfair, Belgravia and the surrounding areas. At the time of writing, the website lists more than 200 properties to buy or rent, but it is the extra-mile service that they offer which sets them apart. Their bank of translators, interior design consultants, property managers and more will all be on hand for those requiring their services, along with access to the Air Harrods private helicopter for viewing selected properties from above.
An alternative to the elite service offered by Harrods is Knight Frank, a highly regarded and reputable estate agent that has offices all over the world. Established in 1896, Knight Frank employs a reported 19,000 members of staff and has its headquarters in London. At the time of writing, Knight Frank has 75 properties for sale in Kensington and the nearby area, ranging from £500,000 for a studio apartment to a 7-bed family house in Ilchester Place for £35,000,000.
If you are buying or renting a valuable property in Kensington, you would certainly hope that the person who had the property before you looked after it and cleaned it on their way out. However, for your own peace of mind you might like to give the place a deep clean before moving in. You may also be looking for a suitable cleaning company for regular cleaning of your property. Thankfully, you will not be the only one that enlists the help of a professional cleaner, so there is a good handful to choose from that service Knightsbridge.
Housekeep is a cleaner agency that has a very easy to use online system for booking a cleaner, either for a one-off clean or a regular visit. All the cleaners on their books have at least 6 months experience and go through an in-depth background check. The thoroughness of the clean is booked in advance using the online booking system so you know exactly what to expect and how much to pay when the job is done. Housekeep is very proud of the feedback they get from their clients, so you will get the chance to rate the cleaner. You will also be given the choice of re-booking the same cleaner for a return visit.
The exteriors of the homes of Kensington, London are fine examples of classic Georgian architecture. However, the interiors are often a very different picture. The residents of Kensington are known for having lavish apartments with home cinema systems, multi room audio and appliances that are accessible via a smartphone from anywhere in the world. These systems are often intricate and the wiring needs to be installed in a discreet and tasteful way, which is why many residents rely on experts such as VisionWorks on Kensington Church Street and Intellicasa on Avonmore Road.
Both of the aforementioned companies have qualified electricians who will make sure that your new security system, home cinema or remotely operated climate control system is wired to the best standard. The beauty of having a smart home setup is not only that can you control every aspect of your home from your smartphone or computer from the comfort of your bed or sofa, but you can also check in on your property when you are out of the country.
Once you have a home cinema and multi-room audio installed in your new Kensington home you will have guests flocking over for parties and get-togethers. With this in mind, you should have a suitable place to store your wine and drinks. Smith & Taylor is based just across the Thames from Kensington, near Battersea Park, and has been building custom wine cellars and wine storage rooms since 1986. The exquisite rooms and cellars in Smith & Taylor’s portfolio clearly show why they are one of the most trusted bespoke wine storage builders in the country.
Once you have found your new dream home and start planning your move to Kensington it is highly likely that you will want to get an interior designer enlisted from an early stage. Thankfully, some of the city’s finest interior designers are in the Kensington area. One such example is Louise Holt who has a studio on Kensington High Street and is a registered interior designer with the British Institute of Interior Design. Ms Holt and her team work closely with their clients through the entire project, from initial planning to the finishing touches with furniture and decorative pieces selection and installation. Louise Holt’s work has recently been featured in Elle, Homes & Gardens and Architectural Digest.
The last piece of the puzzle that has not yet been mentioned is your removals team. Cadogan Tate has been moving people both nationally and internationally for many years and is highly experienced with London removals and storage. If you are considering moving to Kensington, we will be on hand to make your move go as smoothly as possible. Get in touch with us or click here to find out more about our Removals Company Kensington.