During a vacation to Singapore, I met an American expatriate couple on assignment. They relayed their frustration in having to report to the IRS as income the $5,000 they received from their company to purchase a television and other electronic appliances. The couple believed it unfair they had to purchase these items because the voltage in Singapore is incompatible with the phases used in the U.S. At that point, I asked why their company didn’t just rent those items. It was then that I learned that there was no place in Singapore to rent electronics and appliances."
That chance exchange initiated the concept for Home Essentials.
Christopher Exline - President & CEO
From the opening of our Singapore showroom in June 1997, Home Essentials has adopted a pioneering spirit that emboldened our expansion. Since then Home Essentials has grown and evolved into the world’s most popular furniture leasing concern with operations spanning Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.
In June 1998, Home Essentials opened its flagship location in Hong Kong. As the first furniture leasing company in Hong Kong, Home Essentials ushered in an entirely new way for companies to ease the burdens of relocating expatriates, thereby changing the way companies did business. Home Essentials also initiated the fully furnished show home on a rental basis affording landlords and developers a cost effective alternative to purchasing. Home Essentials Hong Kong remains the most successful rental operation in the history of rental furniture.
This acted as the catalyst for our entrance into the Middle East. Commencing in Dubai, UAE in September, 2003, Home Essentials became the 1st furniture leasing company in the Middle East. More significantly was the entrance into Iraq shortly thereafter.
In 2005, Home Essentials purchased the Spanish company Las Trebedes, thus entering into the European market. Since 2005 growth has been steady.
The success of our core operations across the world could not occur without excellent team members and loyal customers. Our employees represent the finest in customer service and dedication to detail. They continuously seek ways to provide a higher standard of service. Their efforts produce the good will with customers that propel growth. We are blessed to have a loyal group of customers.
From this base, we approach the future with unbridled optimism. Our business plan calls for expansion into multiple countries over the next 5 years. All of this is possible from a team convicted with the overriding passion to furnish solutions. .