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MOVE TO MALTA
Moving to a different country brings about a lot of changes to your life. A comfortable place to live in helps you feel more at ease in an unfamiliar environment. Therefore, it is important to make sure your house really does feel like home. What will go into building, renovating and furnishing your house in Malta?
Maltese buildings are usually built of limestone. They tend to have high ceilings and wide windows to keep the inside cool during summer. Their roof is flat to keep away the sun’s heat. Flats for rent are usually listed on trading websites like Maltapark.com or on the Times of Malta’s classified page. Estates agents will also be able to help you look for a flat listed within their business. Otherwise, rather than renting out a flat, you can either buy an old house and renovate it, or build one from scratch. Make sure to consult the Malta Environmental and Planning Authority (MEPA) before you start working on your house. Also, make sure that you contact an architect to discuss your plans. The architect must be involved with the builders’ and the building contractor’s work at all times.
To keep your house in good shape, regular maintenance is a must. In Malta, roofs needs to be waterproofed to stop the rain from leaking in. Walls can be protected from the elements with paint. If you are interested in a DIY renovation, renowned paint brands such as Sigma paints, Beta paints and Berger can be bought from multiple hardware stores found all over Malta and Gozo. Covering walls with plaster is also another popular option. Companies offering plastering service can produce a waterproof coating to protect the wall. In Malta, floors are usually covered with tiles, as another means to keep the heat away. They are also a lower maintenance alternative to carpeting or wooden floors.
Furniture in Malta is usually bought from shops offering both entire room sets, as well as separate fittings. Wrought iron work is often found in Maltese households. Stair and balcony railings, façade gates and window bars are just a few examples of popular wrought iron goods. Most furniture shops offer home decor items like vases, statuettes and paintings. Apart from furniture, your house needs the necessary appliances and installments. In Malta, there are a variety of shops selling house appliances. They regularly send out magazines in case they are offering products at bargain prices, so keep an eye out for these! Another article on our website deals with important services like electricity, water and internet, which are a necessity in this day and age.
Maltese houses usually have a yard or a terrace in which you can grow plants or trees. Due to the dry summers, not many plants can survive the Maltese climate. However, plants like cacti and potted palms don’t need much water to live. This makes them a popular option because they decorate the house without needing much care.
Do you have any questions about home works in Malta? Is there anything you want to know which is not included in this article? Do not hesitate to contact WowMalta for more tips on moving to Malta.
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