If you need mold protection paint, perhaps to cover over dried out water damage marks, I can highly recommend Héra Penészgátló.Mold Protection Paint
For my water damage marks I first used a primer and then used Héra Penészgátló as an under coat. It is a little thicker than normal paint (in a good way) and costs 4,299 HUF (£11.46) for 2 Litres.
If you need a good equivalent to Polly cell Polyfilla, use Primastěrka Prima Glett. Available from any OBI D.I.Y Shop.Kittfort Website
Its impressive, versatile, creamy toothpaste texture can literally fill any space, hole or gap; making it perfect for renovation jobs. It dries hard and can be sanded down like Polyfilla.
A good wood and metal gloss is the Trinát Magasfényű Zománc range of paints, which come in a variety of colours. A 0.25L tin, costing 2,190 and upwards (depending on the paint colour), can cover 2 square meters (two coats).Wood Gloss
I have used the brown for the wooden frames around my balcony windows and the white Trinát Radiátorzománc (metal/radiator gloss paint) for the metal around my balcony.
If you need a good white metal paint for your balcony iron, radiators and pipework the Trinát Radiátorzománc (metal gloss paint) is an ideal choice.
My plumber recommended this paint to me. It has produced great results.
If you need the 'raw material' of mosquito netting (not the frame, just the actual netting) this shop cuts 1 Square Meter strips for example for 635 HUF only.
This is ideal for covering up gaps in balcony railings for example or repairing mosquito nets.
OFFI Hungarian TranslatorsOFFI is the official Hungarian agency that deals with Hungarian/English translation/interpreter work.
OFFI offer voice-over services as well as written document work.
If you need to check a Hungarian company's credentials and/or purchase its "More Info" Document, you can use the Company Hungary website.
It is similar to the UK Companies House webcheck and allows you to check by VAT Number, Registration Number or Company Name.
On this web page is a list of website links and contact details of professionals you might want to consider visiting/contacting for the purpose of property renovation. I have also mentioned some of the decorating materials I have used and highly recommend.
The website links and contact details concentrate on the professionals/services I used with my renovation, therefore saving you the research time, money and energy it took Tünde and me to find these professionals. Hopefully you will find these resources useful.
OBI is the equivalent of B&Q in the UK, serving as a D.I.Y Shop, Bathroom Showroom and Household Products outlet. Here you will find wallpapers, paint brushes, specialised paints, showers, sinks, taps, tiles, wooden flooring and various household goods to aid your Szeged renovation needs. They also do a great range of gardening equipment, flowers and plants. Products are affordable and of a very high quality. Their customer service is excellent and they regularly have special offers.
This is where I bought some Alapozófesték Feher (white primer/foundation) paint from to cover up the old water damage stains in my apartment - A small specialist paint shop with a knowledgeable "old man" running it.
For specialist types of paint and other materials this is the shop to visit
This shop, very popular with plumbers and builders alike, is where I bought my bathroom mixer-tap and anti-bacteria toilet seat from. If you are looking for top quality, brand name, bathroom and kitchen plumbing materials this is the place to visit. You might want to ask the staff if they know of a good plumber they can recommend for your renovation needs.
Your plumber will probably visit Csongi for bathroom and kitchen materials
This bed and mattress shop is where I bought my firm (not too soft, not too hard) air/spring 'Calypso' mattress from, at a cost of 91,000 HUF (£242.62) that included door-to-door delivery. It is a family run business with a nice selection of beds, mattresses, pillows, sheets and other accessories in their showroom. I tried their memory foam and orthopedic beds/mattresses, priced around 150,000 HUF (£400), but found them too hard. With mattresses you really have to try them first!
This shop is perfect for beds, mattresses, Hungarian pillows and other beddings
In Szeged, and Hungary in general, beds (frame and mattress) are expensive even by UK standards which is why you sometimes have to buy your frame and mattress separately, from different shops, like I did. I was able to get my bed frame (base) from Karnis at the bargain price of 31,500 HUF (£84). So my whole bed was just under 122,500 HUF (£350). I also went to the Karnis furniture materials warehouse with the person making my kitchen unit to choose some wood and handles for the kitchen cupboards.
This shop deals mainly with beds, sofas, chairs, tables and storage shelves/cupboards. It is where I bought my medium sized coffee table from and sofa-bed. They are a little on the expensive side, with some of their prices matching those in the UK, but the quality of their furniture is worth it.
This is the Doors & Windows company that fitted my apartment's double-glazed windows, balcony door and shutters. The fitters were excellent and really did an excellent job with the installation.
One of the good things they did was put excess expansion-foam around the double-glazed frames so that they were air-tight, thus no draft. In the UK double-glazing companies tend to put "just enough", and sometimes "not enough", expansion-foam whereby you still get draft; usually when they do Council Flats.
This is the Doors & Windows company that fitted my apartment's balcony shutters and mosquito blinds. The fitters were excellent with the installation and gave me a quick demonstration of how the new mosquito blinds' click shut, pull open, system worked.
Prior to the installation I went to their office to look around their showroom and to pay a deposit towards the shutters and mosquito blinds/nets. They were very professional and helpful. Once the deposit was paid they said the installation would happen in two to three weeks, but to my surprise it happen three days later.
After installation I was asked by one of the workers if I needed instant paperwork or a receipt of acknowledgement for the cash I had just handed over as full payment (rest of payment) for the shutters and mosquito blinds whereby I said "No, not needed". A few days later I received an official receipt in the mail, which I thought was a nice touch. Excellent customer service.
If you are looking for a wide range of quality net curtains, and patterned curtains, visit Context Szeged. The staff will be more than happy to help you with inch and centermeter conversions, pricing and design; as I experienced when I visited their Feketesas Utca branch. The assistant there was very helpful and spoke enough English to know exactly what I wanted.
I bought my curtains from this Context shop. 60,000 HUF (around £140) for 3 net curtains (for the bedroom, kitchen and lounge) and 1 pair of orange patterned curtains (for the kitchen). They came around my apartment to do a free measurement and then hung the curtains for an extra 10,000 HUF (included in the price of 60,000 HUF). I am very pleased with their work.
If you need pillows cases, pillows, quilts, cushions, tables, chairs, armchairms, sofas, cupboards and so on this is a great place to visit. It is located to the left of the Mars Tér market and bus terminal.
Horányi Lámpcenter have a very nice selection of quality, unique looking, lamps, shades and lighting not normally found in the UK. Although a little on the expensive side, especially for the 'average' Hungarian, you will not mind paying an extra £5-£10 (2,000-4,000 HUF) for a unique, beautiful to look at, lamp for example. They also sell cheaper, more basic, lamps, shades and lighting for those just looking to decorate a cheap student/rental apartment for example.
You could find similar basic lighting in the UK (i.e. in Argos or B&Q) whereby it would probably be cheaper to import it from the UK via a Hungarian delivery van service, but I do not think you will find some of Horányi Lámpcenter's more unique looking lamps for example in the UK.
Horányi Lámpcenter is ideal for basic lamps, shades, lighting and unique designs