Interior design worthy of a spread in a glossy magazine doesn’t come cheap. For instance, if you are furnishing a new home from scratch, it could cost a fortune. That being said, the way your home feels is important. It is your haven, and as such, deserves careful attention. However, your wallet can’t be ignored. So if you are looking to satisfy both needs, consider the pre-owned route. Even when lightly used, expensive furniture becomes way cheaper.
Finding quality used furniture goes beyond a simple search of the classifieds. It requires a careful attack plan that will yield savings AND the design scheme you desire. Lifehacker provides 5 steps that will guide you in furnishing your house on the cheap:
Step 1: Make a Wishlist
The hardest part of deciding on furniture is weeding through the overwhelming amount of options online and in-stores. Know what you want. Have an idea in your mind of specific pieces you covet and use that as a guideline when browsing. To help you put a finger on what it is you really desire, check out furniture stores (even ones you couldn’t normally afford) and create a list. Having a list of the types of pieces will help you do keyword searches when browsing online. And if you have fallen in love with an expensive piece during the process, don’t necessarily say no! “Anyone who has sold furniture on Craigslist knows how little money you can make off of an item, regardless of the original cost…On top of that, you’ll sometimes find replicas of nicer furniture made by locals for a fraction of the price,” Lifehacker explains.
Step 2: Set Up Price Watching
Price watch tools help you locate the lowest prices and alert you when new discounts occur. “When you need a lot of stuff, searching Craigslist multiple times per day can get pretty tedious. On top of that, you should look out for sales from the actual furniture stores as well. Sometimes a sale will net you a decent price on a new item you can’t find used and will still fit within your budget. Automate the checking process with price watch tools,” Lifehacker recommends.
Step 3: Check Thrift and Consignment Shops
You may end up weeding through a whole lot of nothing, but you can find hidden gems in the process! The used pieces are often nicer quality than their new, inexpensive counterparts that are cheap for a reason.
Step 4: Plan Your Pickups
If you’re picking up your furniture nearby, budget at least $40 dollars for a moving truck. Whether you bought your pieces in-person or online, try to consolidate the pickups to one day. If you rent a moving vehicle for multiple days, the cost could end up negating the savings of your used furniture.
Step 5: Enjoy the Benefits
Aside from saving you a lot of money, used furniture comes ready –to-go! There are no complicated assembly instructions that some new pieces require, and if you bought it gently used, the furniture will look as good as new. Likewise, some used pieces only require a little handiwork to make them appear right out of that magazine spread you coveted!
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