Finding a home that best suits you and your family can be a daunting task on its own, and when you add in all the work that needs to be done to have it fully furnished it can quickly become overwhelming. When it comes to furnishing your home, there are certain actionable steps you can take to make your new house feel like a home. Here are some useful and budget-friendly tips you can start with.
Check out Thrift Stores
Most people are afraid of purchasing furniture from thrift stores. But you’ll be surprised to find what items some people decide to put up for sale. If you make an effort to visit a couple of thrift stores in your locality, there’s a high likelihood you’ll find a few unbeatable deals. Thrift stores are great if you’re looking to buy furniture and home furnishings such as crystal lamps, window clings, candlesticks, coffee tables, curtains, cupboards, and more. Most people who sell to thrift stores sell their furniture for really cheap and they are glad to declutter their homes. If you just spend enough time looking around and haggling, you’re bound to get some awesome deals.
Look out for Seasonal Sales
If you’re looking to buy electronics on a budget, it’s best to wait for the seasonal sales. Look out for seasonal sales like Black Friday or Cyber Monday to make electronic purchases and you could make huge savings. Researchers have found that most companies tend to introduce their new product lines towards the end of the year in order to prepare for the Christmas holiday’s shopping season. This means you’re likely to find huge discounts on the previous range of home electronics. Similarly, January sales, Easter sales, and 4th of July sales are the perfect times to take advantage of seasonal furniture sales. If you’re looking for affordable home décor pieces to display in your home, many sites that sell products such as custom wall prints have special offers and sales year-round.
Look for Deals on Social Media
If you’re looking to furnish your home on a really tight budget, you can look for deals on social media. Social media sites feature people near you that are trying to sell their stuff. Since most people who go on social media to sell their stuff want it gone quickly, they are often willing to sell at massive discounts. You may have to consider applying a fresh coat of paint or varnish on some of the furniture items to restore their original look or hide any dents and defects.
Buy From the Factory
Before you decide to go to the local furniture store to shop for furniture, try searching online for factory stores near you. Some factory outlets make their furniture on-site and they don’t incur the high showroom overheads or other costs associated with purchasing from retailers. Most factory outlets will either specialize in home or office furniture and few factory outlets will deal with everything. This means you’ll have to do some digging before you find a factory store that has stocked everything you need. You can make tremendous savings by purchasing your furniture from factory outlets and you have more leeway to bargain and ask for discounts.
In a nutshell, furnishing your home can be a daunting and costly affair, but it doesn’t have to be impossible just because you’re tight on finances. To get the best deals, avoid the ordinary furniture retailers where everyone else is buying from and look for deals in other places like social media, thrift stores, factory stores, and look out for seasonal sales that offer discounts.