You've just moved into your new apartment, and now you have to furnish it. The price of furniture can be daunting, but with some time and attention to detail, it’s possible to stylishly furnish your home without emptying your wallet completely. Here are some money-saving tips that will help:
Time Your Shopping Right
New furniture styles are released in the early spring and early fall of each year. So, if you shop around this time, you should find plenty of deals, as retailers are trying to clear out last season’s inventory. Check in at local stores often, and don't be afraid to ask when their next big sale will be. Keep an eye on the ads, and when you do notice a sale, make sure you get in to shop quickly before others buy up all the good deals.
Shop From Wholesale Retailers
Instead of shopping at pricey stores, check out retailers like Furniture & Cabinet Outlet Center, where you'll find the same furniture at direct, wholesale prices. The inventory at wholesale stores is always rotating, so it’s tough to know what you’ll find, but patience will pay off when you come across that perfect piece of furniture at a great price.
Assemble It Yourself
You'll pay a lot more for pre-assembled furniture than for pieces you have to assemble yourself, and in most cases, all the assembly requires is some time and basic screwdriver skills. IKEA in West Chester is a great source for everything from shelves to beds, most of which you can purchase disassembled at very affordable prices.
Look Out For Hidden Costs
The retail price of a piece of furniture is just the starting point. If you choose a custom color or material, or want anything added to the design, surcharges for these options can add up quickly. Before you decide on a piece of furniture, make sure you know what the final cost will be. This way, you can make more accurate comparisons between various options.
Become a Keen Negotiator
If you're shopping at an independent furniture store, there may be some wiggle room on the prices. When the salesperson gives you their asking price, make a lower counter offer. The worst they can do is say no, and there's a good chance you'll be able to negotiate at least a 5 percent discount.
When you buy furniture online, you're often purchasing it directly from the warehouse or factory. This means the retailer doesn’t have to pay for overhead costs, and they can pass those savings onto you. Just pay attention to delivery costs when making an online purchase, as some sites do charge a lot for delivery.