Was a bit of a hassle. If you call any freight companies they quote you between 20,000 and 30,000 shillings to move house, based on a rate of about 5,000 per hour – and it doesn’t matter if you’re stuck in traffic or they can’t fit a piano in a pickup. I was afraid they’d send a very small truck to maximise the number of trips, time and cost to their benefit.
Not having found a friend with a lorry, the next best thing was go to a market (e.g. Dagoretti corner) and strike a deal with a lorry owner, agreeing to terms before hand. The move went well, took two trips, and the final cost was about 7,000.
I still consider myself homeless as there’s so much I don’t know about the new neighbourhood. I am exploring all aspects e.g. cheap pub within walking distance, sports bar, barber shop, different bus/matatu routes, traffic jam times, water availability/rationing/shortages, garbage disposal etc. In my mind, I still haven’t moved and sometime have to correct my driving directions so I don’t head back to my old place by mistake.
Part IV coming
I’m broke right now from paying rent at two apartments this month. I am trying to collect my deposit from my previous landlord. Hopefully this will be in early April, just in time for me to buy some Kengen shares.
Thanks to Guess and other commenters for their apartment tips this month.