Furniture Buying 101: Tips and Tricks to Remember

Thursday, July 09, 2015

A house is never a home until you select the most appropriate furniture for each room. Boasting style and a unique sense of taste, there is indeed a flavor suited for nearly every space imaginable. Although purchasing new furniture is not rocket science, there are still a few tips to take into account and a handful of mistakes to avoid. If you have started looking at house or condo for sale listings or ads, it’s probably a good idea to check out these two topics in greater detail.

Never Forget Character

It is all too often that homeowners are led to believe that furniture needs to be completely coordinated. Unfortunately, this can lead to a dull and boring environment. There is nothing wrong with placing an antique coffee table alongside modern items or displaying a second-hand armchair with character amongst more minimalist pieces. If anything, you will be able to punctuate the essence of each room with an added sense of character.

The Price Tag

You and your family should never spend more than necessary. It is a fact that some price tags are negotiable; however, never rely on your bargaining skills alone. Take a look online for similar designs or the same make and model. Write down the lowest prices and bring these with you to the retail store. It is more likely that the salesperson will be able to match (or come close to) your asking price. 

Beware of Interest-Free Financing

This is a bit of a loaded term. While the repayment period may indeed be free, any failure to meet your monthly obligations is likely to result in exorbitantly high interest rates being tacked on in the future. These can be as much as 20% or even 30% in some cases. Always ask for the "fine print" to be explained before swiping that credit card. 

Liability and Damages

You must be excited about your newly acquired property and eager to equip your new home with all kinds of products. But what happens if a brand new set of dining room furniture and the table is damaged upon delivery? Who is responsible should a leg of a large sofa suddenly snap off after only two months of use? The damages that you are liable for, as well as those covered by the supplier, must be absolutely clear before any type of purchase is made. 

Otherwise, you could find yourself having to cover out-of-pocket costs that do not seem entirely fair. 

Be Bold

Finally, never be afraid to let your personality shine through with regard to your furniture choices. Your home should be defined by pieces that make you feel the most comfortable with. Let's never forget that furniture is meant to be enjoyed by the entire family for years to come. Always be willing to think outside of the proverbial box.

Furniture is an important investment and choosing the right type is as much of a science as it is an art form. These handy suggestions can help you approach this task with the right perspective and mindset.

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