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When moving house there is a lot to plan and think through. Moving to London, and in particular to Fulham, is certainly no different. In this guide we will be looking at some of the most useful companies that you will need to get in touch with when moving to Fulham.
First things first, whether you are looking to buy or rent you will need to look at some properties in Fulham. One of the most highly recommended estate agents in London is Foxtons, they started in Notting Hill in 1981 so they know central London very well. Not only do they have the experience but they also have a number of branches across central London - each with a large offering of properties. Foxtons are also approved by all the industry-standard governing bodies, so you will be in safe hands.
Also registered with all the governing bodies that you would look for are Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward. KFH has branches all over London, but in particular, their Fulham branch is worth getting in touch with when looking for somewhere to live in Fulham. The team at 825 Fulham Road handles lettings and sales in the area and have a wealth of knowledge of properties in the borough.
Elsewhere in the area you also have Winkworth Estate Agents, which can be found on the corner of Parsons Green and New King’s Road. In the time they have been in Fulham, Winkworth Estate Agents have seen the area change “from being an area where perhaps people thought they had to live because they could not afford anything better to being one that is much sought after by up and coming young professionals and families alike.'' Winkworth has been in the Fulham area for more than 34 years, so it stands to reason that they know the local market very well and are worth speaking to.
When moving into a house you cannot always guarantee that the condition the previous residents is up to your standards. Sometimes even if the property looks clean at first glance you might not realise what nasties are lurking in those troublesome spots (such as under the oven, in the depths of the deep pile carpet or behind the curtains). So, it is important to hire a reliable cleaner, not only for when you first move in but also on a regular basis going forward. Covering the vast majority of London, Blue Knight Cleaners have an average score of 9.8 from 62 reviews on Checkatrade. Blue Knight are members of the NCCA (National Carpet Cleaners Association) the only nationally recognised trade association dedicated to the cleaning of carpets, hard flooring and soft furnishings.
Also available to carry out steam or dry cleaning in your home in Fulham are Regency Cleaners. Regency can visit your home for a free evaluation of the items that need cleaning and discuss the best methods with you, whether it is steam or dry cleaning. Because they clean everything in-situ, there is minimal disruption and less risk of shrinkage especially for items such as sofa or chair covers. As well as offering upholstery cleaning, Regency can also wash patios, driveways and decking.
With an average score of 9.9 from 262 reviews on checkatrade.com, Touch Dry Restoration has an enviable reputation for carpet and upholstery cleaning in the area and are passionate about attention to detail and aftercare. Touch Dry Restoration are members of the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) and hold the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), meaning your soft furnishings will be in safe hands.
We have noticed that more and more people are looking for the full smart home experience. As these solutions are often so well integrated within the property it is highly unlikely that you will be able to take your system with you when you move to Fulham. If you are thinking of getting a smart home system with multi-room audio and intelligent lighting then it is often recommended that you get it fitted before moving in, in order to minimise disruption. Finite Solutions on Bagleys Lane are one of the area’s leading home cinema and automated home experts, they can supply and install a full range AV and smart home solutions, including lighting control, home cinema, smart home automation and cutting edge security systems.
If you are looking for a reputable company to fit an AV system, such as a home cinema or a multi-room music system, one name that will keep coming up is 1Install. This London based company have been established for more than 12 years and in that time have built up an impressive portfolio of beautiful home cinema installs and sophisticated automated AV and lighting systems. 1Install can also fit a robust security and CCTV system for ultimate peace of mind, especially if you are not planning on spending all of your time at your Fulham home.
Another company that comes highly recommended for AV system installs in London is BTL Property. BTL design and install bespoke AV systems for users that are looking for the highest possible quality. It is highly recommended that you read their ‘How we work’ page in order to get a feel for the level of detail that BTL go to when planning and building a system, everything is laid out in clear and transparent terms so you know exactly what to expect. As well as AV systems, BTL Property are also experts in interior design and property refurbishment and have been established since 2002, making them a very useful company to speak to.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay for a few nights while your new home is being made ready for you to move in, you might consider finding a nearby hotel. However, with Fulham being predominantly a residential neighbourhood hotels in the borough are few and far-between. Just over the border into Chelsea is the all-suite Chelsea Harbour Hotel that boasts a spa, gym, indoor swimming pool, 24 hour business centre and an unrivalled view of Chelsea Harbour. This beautiful hotel is also one of the very few hotels in London with a genuine river view. The in-house spa and health centre is certainly worth a visit, whether you are staying at the hotel or not.
Situated just a stone’s throw from the Kings road and minutes from Fulham Broadway Station are two more hotels that are situated at the home of Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Road stadium. The Millenium and Copthorne Hotels have exclusive access to the stadium and can offer VIP match day bundles if you enjoy the excitement and drama of the ‘beautiful game’. If football is not your game you can relax in any one of the in-house bars or restaurants.
Just across the river is the refined and calm Crowne Plaza Hotel that features a highly regarded spa and fitness centre, designated ‘quiet zone’ rooms and access to nearby indoor tennis courts. The in-house spa offers a wide range of beauty treatments such as waxing, manicures, pedicures, facials, body wraps and body scrubs for incredible relaxation. The PAD Restaurant & Bar is split level on the Ground and Mezz and features a theatre kitchen, meaning you can watch the head chef in action as your meal is being prepared.
It might not always be the first thing that you think of when you move into a new house but it is highly recommended that you change the locks when you buy a house as you can never be sure who has a copy of the keys when you move in. Thankfully there is a good number of reputable locksmiths in the area, ready to help you out when you move to Fulham.
SMR Locksmiths offer a 30 minute response time and have one of the best ratings for locksmiths in the Fulham area - 9.97 from 596 reviews. They are also registered, DBS checked, used and recommended by the police, local housing associations and councils. It is also good to know that SMR do not charge a call-out fee, so the price they quote is the price you will pay.
Another highly recommended locksmiths on checkatrade (a score of 9.91 from 157 reviews) is Capital Locksmiths. This reputable locksmith has been offering their services in the city for more than 35 years, from simple lock changes to a complete security system overhaul. Capital Locksmiths’ clients range from building management companies to offices, and from schools to shops.
On the Fulham Palace Road you can find the shop for Barrs Security, who are a family-run business and approved by the Master Locksmiths Association. As well as having a call-out service for changing locks and fitting security systems, Barrs Security also offers key cutting in their friendly and welcoming shop.
Once you have found your new property in Fulham, you have arranged for it to be cleaned and you have your multi-room audio setup planned out, you will need to arrange a London removals company. For more than 40 years Cadogan Tate have been trusted as the removals company for countless people not only moving to London but also all over the world. For more details click here.