6 tips to buying furniture on a budget

Get the best your money can offer.

House decor says a lot about your personality.

It signifies having your own identity. Your first house should be your lair. This can be an expensive experience assuming it’s your first time shopping for households. We highly advice that you take someone of experience with you but if not, then here are tips on how to furnish your house on a budget.

1. Make a wish list

Writing down all the things you’d like to get for your house allows you to put into perspective your financial situation beforehand and direct your shopping basket into fitting your budget in the best way possible. That way, you won’t forget to buy the basics while splurging on irrelevant accessories.

2. Research your shopping locations

Buying furniture at the first shop you walk into may be the biggest mistake you make during this experience. Take your time and move between shops finding out who has a sale, better prices or a longer warranty period to get the best your money can offer.

3. Visit thrift shops and auctions

You’d be surprised to find yourself buying half the things you wanted at half price and of better quality. While they may be second hand, you can’t put a price on a good ol' mahogany dining table instead of the modern plastic designs.

4. Consult

Visit your friend’s houses, go to interior design exhibitions and find what other people are doing. You might change your décor ideas for something better and even find sources for some of the things you wanted.

5. Consider importing

This sounds completely disloyal to our local designers but hey, where else will you get good porcelain if it isn’t China?

6. Plan for delivery

This is the difficult part. When deciding how you want your furniture delivered, you must consider efficiency, ability to recompense spoilt goods and complementary services. It’s a plus to find someone who will not only deliver but will arrange your house and install your equipment at a cheaper price or luckily, for free.

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