Life is full of memorable moments. Putting down roots and moving into your very first home is one of them. You never forget that feeling, whether you’re moving out from your parents’ home or finally getting onto the property ladder after many years renting. You’ll want to know inexpensive ways to furnish a new home.
Moving, while exciting, isn’t always an easy process. Especially if you’re starting from scratch. If you’re moving from a furnished property or a single room in a flat to a whole house, odds are you’ll need to reserve some budget for furnishing your new pad.
You’ve just laid out a substantial amount on your new home’s deposit. Not to mention other fees that come along with buying a home. So, how do you furnish your new place the way you want it, without going broke?
Below, we share a few top tips on furnishing your new home for less, while still embracing your own style.
Try Your Existing Furniture First
When moving into a new home, you might have your heart set on a completely new look, with brand new furniture. But, before you whip out the credit card, consider how to furnish a new home with any existing furniture you have. Furniture from your old home might look just as good, if not better, in your new place. Why not try it first? Experiment to see where it might look good. If it’s looking tired, why not spruce it up with some fancy cushions or a stylish throw instead of buying a whole new piece?
And, of course, something that looks boring in one setting, might look amazing in another. Your parents’ old green sofa might not look great in their magnolia lounge with the orange curtains. But paired with a cool grey feature wall and some vintage cushions, you might be able to give it a whole new lease on life.
Some of the best furniture is the stuff that has lasted a while and is well made. Instead of splashing out on a new piece that will only last a few years, don’t disregard those older pieces that have stood the test of time.
Rely On Friends and Family
It’s likely that you know at least one or two people in your family or social circle that have old furniture they’re keen to part with. Reach out to your friends and family to see if they have anything to spare. If they’re really desperate to get rid of it, they might even offer it to you for free!
Don’t be afraid to ask, as odds are they’ll be more than happy to help you out. And, if they don’t have anything, they’ll probably know someone who does. It might not be the best stuff, but remember, you can always upcycle old furniture. Give it a fresh coat of paint, opt for a shabby chic vibe, or add some new fabric. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with even limited DIY skills.
Big names will always try to sell their products or services at a higher price than street retailers, or offer a much cheaper price with a lower standard of service or quality. This is why you should rely on local businesses when furnishing your new home. Local and smaller businesses will also be able to make recommendations tailored to your needs, and also may be able to offer you combination deals.
By using a smaller company, you may get a selection of some of the finest furniture at a remarkable price. Not only this, but you’ll also be offered some of the finest brands on the market at a much cheaper price than the big retailers.
Plus, it always feels good to support small businesses. Take a wander around your new neighborhood to see what’s there. Get to chatting with the local business owners. You might make a new friend as well as find a great deal.
Try Local Listings
You’ll be amazed at some of the treasures you can find that other people are practically giving away. Check out your local newspaper listings or sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace to find great deals on furniture. Plus, if they’re local, you can go check them out before you commit to parting with your hard earned cash.
Local thrift stores are also a good option for finding furniture that other people no longer want or need.
And, if you find the perfect piece that just needs a little TLC, you can find tons of YouTube tutorials on upcycling or refreshing old furniture so that it looks good as new.
Buy Graded Appliances
Less exciting perhaps, but no less important are your appliances. And they do not come cheap. When choosing appliances, it is of vital importance to look for quality as they are a key part of home life. Look for quality brands and check online reviews to see which appliances are built to last and which will fail as soon as they’re out of warranty.
If you’re looking for good, solid appliances that won’t break the bank, buying graded is a good option. Graded appliances, also known as ‘scratch and dent appliances’ are new or ex-display appliances that can be bought for a fraction of the retail price. Typically, they will have some minor cosmetic damage, which can often be easily fixed or covered up, or won’t show at all once the appliance is installed. Some graded appliances have no flaws whatsoever, but may have come with a damaged or missing box.
For example, you could save up to 75% off a cheap Bosch washing machine if you buy graded. A great way to save on good quality appliances to fill your new home.
So, there you have it. Some simple ways to fill your new home for less. Congratulations on your new place and happy moving!
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