Furniture Shopping and Newly Weds – Tips and Advice
Setting up a new home is an exciting time in every couple’s life – they go through the process of creating their own space in which to entertain and start a family. It is always an interesting process to see how the tastes of two individuals mesh and what the end result will be – if they are both happy as well.
A new home requires practically all the furniture to make it comfortable and livable. This would mean furnishing the bedroom, living and dining rooms, kitchen (to a smaller extent) and depending on the size of the home – furniture for the guest room and the baby’s room as well. As one can imagine, this is a pretty daunting task for anyone – more so for the young couple. They have to consider their budget, individual preferences for types and designs in furniture etc. before they embark on a shopping trip.
The good news is that there are many more options available to them – they can look at online catalogs or even go to different stores on weekends. This gives them ideas of their likes and dislikes and also prices. Some couples may be lucky enough to have an unlimited budget – but not all. Most young families start off with buying used furniture. The fact of the matter is that it costs half of what a brand new piece would cost – used furniture can be found at furniture resale/consignment stores or even estate sales. Newspaper ads and online website postings are a good resource as well. Most often than not, people get rid of old things and replace it with different pieces – this is a windfall for those who cannot afford to pay full price. Owners usually take good care of their belongings.
Flea markets are another place to look for reasonably priced furniture. Many people who are artistically inclined can refinish old pieces or paint them to make them look really different and unusual. Often, furniture stores offer trades – this is a practical way to dispose of old furniture and get a discount as well. It also pays to find out a bit more about the stores they have to deal with – some stores may be unscrupulous enough to charge high prices for poor quality furniture and poor customer service. Buying furniture requires a big investment of capital for most people – so it is their job to do due diligence and ensure that they are getting the best quality and value for their money.
Many stores now have websites through which furniture can be ordered. All the terms and conditions are usually explained in detail and they even ship the furniture to a person’s home for a fee. In case of doubt, there is always a customer service representative available to answer any queries. Online shopping is becoming more commonplace and quite safe as well.