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Chelsea is situated in West London and is widely considered to be one of the most affluent areas of the city. In this short guide, we will take a look at some of the services that you may need to call upon when moving to Chelsea, in order to get move in and settle down in as little time as possible.
We will start off with perhaps the most obvious choice. When choosing a removals company for your move to Chelsea you will need one with plenty of experience in handling large and complex projects, has a meticulous attention to detail and a sterling reputation for handling everything with care. All of this makes Cadogan Tate the right company for the job.
Moving house is a good opportunity to have a really good look at your soft furnishings to decide if you want to take them with you. If you choose to take your curtains, rugs, cushions and sofa throws to your new home you should consider getting them professionally cleaned to help your new abode feel fresher and even more special. Find a company like Regency Cleaning that is locally-based and can come out to your house or apartment to clean your carpets, curtains and soft furnishings in situ.
Alternatively, Premium Clean is also based in London and has an average score of 9.88 from 181 reviews on checkatrade. Available 6 days a week (even available on bank holidays), Premium Clean are professional carpet and soft furnishing cleaners and use eco-friendly products.
Make sure to check they have a suitable and up to date insurance policy in place when hiring a professional soft furnishings cleaner. Premium Clean, for example, has employer’s liability up to £10,000,000 and public liability up to £2,000,000.
Companies like Ducane are specialists in dry cleaning and alterations, so although they might not be able to clean your soft furnishings in situ, they will be able to make sure that your curtains and soft furnishings are expertly cleaned.
Ducane can even make adjustments to your curtains which can be handy as it will be highly unlikely that the windows in your old house are the same size as the windows in your new Chelsea home.
Whether your new property in Chelsea is a blank canvas or is in need of a refresh the services of an interior designer such as Juliette Byrne or Louise Bradley can help to make your new home your dream home.
A talented interior designer like these will help transform your new home into a truly special and personal space for you and your family. Good interior designers expect to work with a healthy budget but the outcome will be worth the investment when you have a home that is the envy of your friends.
Elsewhere in Chelsea, Cochrane Design also has an enviable reputation for architectural interior design. Cochrane Design are multi-award winning, namely from the Design et al Design and Architecture Awards and as such have earnt a growing number of clients and have an impressive portfolio of stunning projects.
Whether you are moving to Chelsea, or elsewhere in London, it is highly recommended that you get the locks changed as soon as possible. It might sound a bit over cautious but you can never be sure of the previous residents and who still has a copy of the keys. Find a trusted local locksmith, such as Capital Locksmiths, that have a high amount of positive reviews on CheckaTrade.com to ensure peace of mind.
Also on checkatrade is JWSecurity, who are based in based in Tooting Bec but cover most of South London with their callout service. JWSecurity have a score of 9.96 from 70 reviews, meaning that they have a good reputation and are well-trusted to change the locks in your new Chelsea home and carry out a security survey so you know where any potential security flaws are.
Integrity Locksmiths of London have developed a reputation for their 24 hour emergency callout service that promises to have one of their locksmiths with you within 30 minutes. As you would expect, all of their engineers are UKLA members and are trusted by many of the top estates in London, such as Hilbery Chaplin, Foxtons and Ludlow Thompson.
Chelsea is renowned for its affluent residents, so if you intend to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ you will need to have some ultra-modern touches in your new home. Setting up an automated smart home system and a home cinema is the perfect way to put your mark on your home and have everything at the press of a button, from configuring lighting patterns to turning on the coffee machine in the kitchen without leaving your bed.
A reputable AV and smart home installation company, such as High Tech Homes in Chelsea will be able to install a bespoke system that suits you. High Tech Homes install trusted brands, such as Bang and Olufsen to ensure that your guests are suitably impressed when you invite them over for a film night.
The AV and Smart Home experts at Cute Solutions in Finchley have handled many installations since their first project in 1997, building a reputation for CCTV systems, access control systems, alarms and home automation systems, and earning numerous industry awards. Where Cute Solutions particularly excel is in creative network cabling solutions, meaning that their CCTV, access control and smart home installations are done in a tasteful and discreet way.
When moving to Chelsea, it is highly recommended that you visit the Design Centre on Chelsea Harbour where you can find many inspirational showrooms and boutiques. When you’re planning your AV needs, visit the Pro Install AV showroom on the second floor for a demonstration of some of the most exciting home technology including intelligent lighting, multi room AV and home automation systems.
If you are planning on carrying out work, such as installing a smart home system or redecorating, in your new Chelsea home it is likely that you will want to stay elsewhere until the work is complete and your home is ready to live in.
Thankfully, there’s a handful of comfortable hotels nearby so you can allow the workmen to have the space they need to do their work and visit your property as and when you want to. On Sloane Street you can find the Belmond Cadogan hotel, which is considered to be one of the top hotels in the area. On site, there is a beautiful and serene garden, a library, a fitness suite and an in-house concierge.
Alternatively, just off Sloane Square in the heart of Chelsea is San Domenico House Hotel, a beautiful boutique offering that comprises 19 double rooms and suites, all individually themed but in keeping with the lavish Victorian townhouse setting. In 2005, the San Domenico was bought by the widely respected Italian family, Melpignano, bringing a welcomed contemporary, stylish European touch and charm to the hotel whilst staying true to the original vision.
Near to the San Domenico and Belmond Cadogan hotels is the famed Draycott Hotel which was built in 1890 and still carries all the grandeur associated with the 19th century. The Draycott boasts a personal service that is hard to find elsewhere with touches such as complimentary afternoon tea and an honesty bar in the hotel lounge.
The friendly and willing staff are on hand whenever you need them, whether its arranging chauffeur-driven transfers to the airport and theatres, or recommendations for local restaurants and entertainment.
Residents in Chelsea (and the neighbouring borough of Kensington) are fortunate enough to benefit from refuse collection twice a week, as well as collections for food waste and recycling. Because the area has a high standard of cleanliness and beauty, it is important to know when your collections are and not leave refuse out on days when there is not a collection, you could receive a fine if you leave it out on a non-collection day. Collection days vary depending on the street where you live, find out more on the official Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website, here.
The local council can also collect large, bulky items such as TVs, stereos, washing machines and pieces of furniture but these will need to be pre-arranged and will be subject to a small fee (of £32.60 at the time of writing).
Chelsea is known for being picturesque and scenic, as well as being affluent. However, it can be challenging at times to find certain trades that have a base in the area. So, if you are moving to the Chelsea area you might find yourself having to look outside of the borough to find the services and tradesmen you need to help you get settled and moved in to your new house.
When you are ready to move to Chelsea, give Cadogan Tate a call and find out how our team of experts can help the whole process go as smoothly as possible. Click here for more details.