You’re moving again? So soon? But it seems like you just got here.
For the city that’s always moving, packing and shifting, we present a big fat Mumbai resource list, with details of everything you need to shape up, ship out, or even just settle into a new home.
Hunting: Badass Brokers
We’re told that doing rounds of apartments with Kishore feels like you’re going along with a friend. Call 9820455949, location: South Bombay.
Relentless and patient, Sham won’t stop until he has found you the right home.Call 9821633694, location: South Bombay.
Bharat has a really large network, and can find a flat for any budget. Call 9920996967, location: South Bombay.
Real estate agent Mathew helps single girls in the city find safe accommodation, minus the regular hassles and pesky questions. Plus, he’s polite. Call 9819029357, location: Bandra-Khar-Santacruz.
Naresh goes over and above the usual listings to find you apartments that usually fly under the radar. Call 9930462240, location: Bandra.
Broker Rajesh Rohera has found interesting homes and office spaces for creative people all over Bandra. Think cool village loft for not as much money as you thought. Call 9821130608, location: Bandra-Khar.
Geoffrey was described to us as a ‘big time broker of Bandra’ who usually knows what’s up and on the market. Call 9820806639, location: Bandra.
Zilu scopes out affordable deals in Bandra (it isn’t an urban legend) for those looking to rent for short stays. Call 9819168363, location: Bandra.
Recommended by more than a few friends, Ali is trustworthy and has found tasteful, affordable apartments. Call 9819799791, location: Andheri (W)- Versova.
Sanju is courteous and honest, rare qualities in a broker. Call 9833288627, location: Andheri (W)
Call Rajeev Butia if you are in a hurry to move in. He works fast. Call 9820120425, location: Goregaon- Malad.
Bonus: Try the Flat Chat App to find a home or someone to live with. Kind of like a Tinder for room mates, this matches two people who should live together based on likes and dislikes. See their Facebook page here.
It’s rare to see a home store share resources like carpenters, painters, upholstery, curtain makers and contractors, but Sanctum does, if you purchase furniture from them or just want to refurbish an old piece you bought here. The store provides this service for free and the handy men can be paid directly.
Moving: Packers, Movers & Tempos
Leo Packers and Movers are prompt and reliable and send over as many people as you need to get the job done. Call 25672924.
If you need someone to pack, label and unpack your stuff for you at your new home, call Royal Packers and Movers. Call 9820027762.
For a smaller, cheaper option and one that operates out of Bandra, call Pavitra on 9967433050.
Royal International Packers & Movers can help you do the whole deal in a day! Call 9821083943.
Satish is great for packing all things marked ‘fragile’. Ask for him to be present and to supervise his workers. Be prepared to bargain. Call 9029630982.
Lalu comes over with his tempo and two muscular men to help with all the loading and unloading. Call 9820039693.
Aside from its amusing name, Chacha Tempo is very reasonably priced. Call 9969861246.
Amit offers a trusted tempo service that’s less professional, but also cheaper than the big, bad corporate movers and operates all over Mumbai. Call 9820259117.
Sprucing Up: Handy Men, Clean Up Services & Rentals
For South Bombay: Prabhat (9892838720); Lower Parel –Worli: Raju (9821660651); Bandra: Mishra (7498015603); Andheri & Juhu: Abdul Gulab (9820034461), Mahavir (9820241672), Harish (9029266348).
For South Bombay: Shahid (9833417226); Bandra: George (9821570484), Kadar (9324022785); Juhu: Abdul (9892261283).
Jayram operates across the city for big projects, (9833874278); Sabir, who works out of Oshiwara’s antique furniture market can make or repair antique looking cane furniture, (9930016055).
Call Babu on 8898768037; or Jaikaran on 9820549554. They operate all over Mumbai.
Domestic Help & Cleaning Agencies
Rajni is happy to bring her sweet disposition and duster over to clean your house. Call 7738592624, location: Colaba.
Arti comes over to clean your house and she’ll even cook you a meal while you unpack. Call 9969461622, location: Bandra.
MaidServices.in has an impressive website that allows you to book domestic help and drivers. Two friends have used this service; one was happy, the other thought the candidate could have been better trained. Visit maidservices.in.
If you need a deep cleaning service (recommended before you move in to a new place) book an appointment with White Glove. Call 33945215.
Hammer and Mop offers an easy online process where you key in the size of your property and the kind of services required (upholstery shampooing, pest control, sanitisation etc.), following which they send over their cleaning crew. Visit www.hammerandmop.com.
Rentals: A New Lease
Furniture: Great for vintage pieces, DC Batliwalla rents out furniture for cheap across the city. 12, Homi Modi Street, Kala Ghoda, Fort, call 22043732.
Electronics: Raj rents out air conditioners, fridges, microwaves, toasters and a range of other appliances. Perfect for those who aren’t planning to stay too long. Call 9820197356.
Air Conditioner for Summer Only: Call Crystal Chill Zone and they’ll hook you up with a cool beau for those particularly hot nights. 5, Clifton apartment, Raviraj Oberoi Complex, next to Indigo Deli, New Link Road, Shastri Nagar, Andheri (W), call 9892272816.
Plants: If you’re having a house warming party that needs to be more shady (like that’s possible), rent a bunch of plants from Green Grower for a couple of days and return them once you’re done. Mahatma Gandhi Sewa Mandir, opposite Bandra Talao, SV Road, Bandra (W), call 26427094.
Setting Up: Pillow Fluffers and Lighting Experts
Dhoop: Dhoop’s owner Aradhana Nagpal conceptualises and/or executes interior design solutions for homes, specialising in lighting and furniture. And if you don’t want to invest in new pieces, she can even upcycle your existing chairs, cupboards and tables, saving you a pretty packet. Call 9820302195 or email email@example.com, price on request.
Bandit Queen: Yamini Namjoshi and her team specialise in setting up beds (that’s right), to make sure they are “hotel room perfect”. Expect custom fitted sheets, free monogramming, creation of family crests for pillowcases and different bed sheet drapes. If you’ve visited the store once, they’re even willing to come over with swatches to make sure your bed gets along with the rest of your room. The service is complimentary. Call 7738341423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sanctum: It’s rare to see a home store share resources like carpenters, painters, upholstery, curtain makers and contractors, but Sanctum does, if you purchase furniture from them or just want to refurbish an old piece you bought here. The store provides this service for free and the handy men can be paid directly. Call 26495775.
Goodearth: Goodearth’s home stylists offer free consults and make house calls to help you incorporate a range of purchases into your home. Charges apply for bigger design projects. Call 24951954.
Roti Kapda Makaan: Offers consultancy and design expertise if you need some décor ideas on how best to use the space. Charges will apply as per scope of work. Call 24965527.
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