OBI WebsiteOBI is the equivalent of B&Q in the UK.
I would say you can get 90% of your d.i.y needs from OBI.
Praktiker WebsitePraktiker is similar to HomeBase in the UK.
It is great for kitchen, bathroom and d.i.y products. Praktiker shops tend to be outside of a city.
Kika WebsiteKika is similar to IKEA in the UK.
It is pricey, but does have good quality furniture.
Below you will find information about the general costs involved in property renovation in Hungary. Materials such as tiles, paint and flooring will cost more or less the same anywhere in Hungary simply because the larger, commercial, d.i.y shops such as OBI WebsiteOBI and Praktiker WebsitePraktiker have the monopoly; making smaller shops slightly more expensive. Do not rule out the smaller shops though because they often sell alternative, better quality, materials that the larger, commercial, shops do not sell.
The cost of bathroom, kitchen and lounge fittings vary slightly between the smaller shops and commercial shops such as JYSK WebsiteJYSK, IKEA WebsiteIKEA and KIKA WebsiteKika simply because there are many small bedding, furniture and bathroom shops that sell mattresses, tables, sinks and cupboards too at affordable, competitive, prices.
Below are the actual figures from my own apartment renovation in Szeged, Hungary. Although Budapest laborers might charge slightly higher for their labor, with a Hungarian at your side you should get local Hungarian labor rates and not "Foreign" rates.
The materials they buy should be more or less the same as commercial and local d.i.y shop prices, plus a little profit and added petrol prices, but not that much whereby they are ripping you off. Hence why I recommend you buy materials yourself, wherever and whenever possible, or at least check website prices so you have an idea of prices.
Looking at the figures below, even though I got the labor for free (see below), I think the overall cost of my renovation is excellent compared to what it would of cost me in the UK; especially when you consider that at certain times I had three workers on a particular job. And there was not really too much I could of saved on in terms of buying the materials.
|New Front Door||65,000 Ft||£173.33||Priced In The Contract|
|Initial Rubbish Disposal||15,000 Ft||£40||Previous Owner Paid|
|Rubbish Disposal With Skip||35,250 Ft||£94||Skip Company|
|Rewire Whole Apartment (Labor)||250,000 Ft||£666.66||FREE LABOR|
|Rewire Whole Apartment (Materials)||200,000 Ft||£533.33|
|34 Spotlights||66,300 Ft||£170|
|Replace Broken Toilet Air Pipe||20,000 Ft||£53.33|
|Tiles For Whole Bathroom||58,911 Ft||£157.09|
|Tile Cement + Grout||35,000 Ft||£93.33|
|Tiling Labor||44,000 Ft||£117.33||FREE LABOR|
|Walls And Floor Sanded Down||15,000 Ft||£40||FREE LABOR|
|New Bathroom Sink + Tap||77,990 Ft||£207.97|
|New Shower||81,900 Ft||£218.40|
|New Toilet + Flush||30,500 Ft||£81.33|
|New Toilet Seat||11,000 Ft||£29.33|
|New Kitchen Sink||52,000 Ft||£138.66|
|New Kitchen Tap||17,000 Ft||£45.33|
|Plumber's Labor||225,000 Ft||£600||FREE LABOR|
|NEW Radiators + New Cut-Off Valves||125,400 Ft||£334.40|
|Fit NEW Radiators||45,000 Ft||£120||Heating Company|
|Create Fake Ceilings / Plaster Apartment||130,000 Ft||£346.66||FREE LABOR|
|Custom-Made Kitchen Units||525,000 Ft||£1,400|
|2 Underlays + 2 Carpets Fitted||169,500 Ft||£452|
|Neighbours Electricity||5,000 Ft||£13.33|
|3 New Doors||199,110 Ft||£530.96|
|Double-Glazing (Kitchen, Bedroom and Lounge)||450,000 Ft||£1,200|
|NEW Fridge||119,899 Ft||£319.73||Whirlpool|
|NEW Washing Machine||79,899 Ft||£213.06||Hotpoint|
|NEW Cooker||94,899 Ft||£253.06||Gorenje|
|Bed Frame (Lounge)||28,000 Ft||£74.66|
|Matress (Lounge)||99,750 Ft||£266|
|Bed Frame||28,000 Ft||£74.66|
|Computer Desk||19,875 Ft||£53|
|GRAND TOTAL||3,606,983 Ft||£9,618||Rough Estimate|
Note: The grand total below is estimated because the renovation in terms of buying new furniture for example is still ongoing at this time.
The reason why I got free labor from the electrician, tiler and plasterer was because they were in some way related to my Hungarian girlfriend, Tünde, or friends of those relations. Furthermore, the labor prices shown on this web page are rough quotations of what a standard client might of paid. In other words, I asked the electrician etc what they would of normally charged a client so that you have a rough idea of labor costs in Szeged and Hungary in general. If you want to get a quote from them and/or hire them please e-mail me for their contact details.