How to furnish your home or apartment affordably

Not everyone has a gigantic budget for a new living room set or dining room table, so they'll require cheaper ways to create the decor they've always wanted.

Dining room set. (Image via Wikipedia entry on "dining room," GNU 1.2 license)

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2017 – New Metro D.C. residents currently searching out the best places to live in Maryland, might be wondering how they can afford to furnish their somewhat pricy new homes. After dealing with a monthly mortgage payment, new or even “trade-up” residents quickly find that new furniture is expensive, especially if they have to furnish a house or apartment from the ground up.

Not everyone has a gigantic budget for a new living room set or dining room table, so they will have to find cheaper ways to create the decor they’ve always wanted. Fortunately, there are ways to do exactly that if you know how to shop around. Here are some tips that will help you furnish a house or apartment when you’re on a tight budget.

Make a List
Your search for new furniture will be a lot easier if you first create a list of everything you will need. This task may not be as fun and spontaneous as going to a furniture store and looking around, but it will be a lot easier, and it will keep often costly impulse buying to a minimum. Certainly, you can check out some stores for inspiration. But it’s best to not make any purchases until you know exactly what you will need. Your list should include prices so you will know how much you can afford to spend on your essential pieces.

Look To Thrift Stores
Some people might be put off by the idea of buying pre-owned furniture from thrift stores and consignment shops, but you would be surprised at what you can find at places like these. You might find pieces that are exactly what you are looking for, and they will be a lot cheaper than what you will find elsewhere.

Ask Friends and Family
If you are in need of new furniture, there is almost certainly individuals in your inner circle that may be able to help you. They might have old pieces of furniture they don’t need that they can give you for free or close to it. Even if they don’t, they might be able to help you haul something that you buy. While you shouldn’t take the people you know for granted, they will almost certainly be able to give you a hand if you ask for it.

Budget for Pick-Ups
Whether you are buying new furniture from a store or picking up something you found on Craigslist, you will have to haul it home by yourself. Unless you have a large pickup truck or a similar vehicle, that will mean renting a moving van for larger pieces. This is usually not very expensive. But you should still leave about $40 in your budget for the van rental. Some stores provide a moving service when you buy furniture from them, so don’t be afraid to ask how much that will cost.

Consider Furniture Restoration
It is possible that you will discover some great pieces of furniture that have fallen on hard times and are in need of repair or restoration. While you shouldn’t furnish your home with junk that looks like it will fall apart even under minimal use, slightly weathered furniture can be restored for a small investment of money and time. This approach can be a great way to save some money if you’re handy enough to do the restoration job by yourself. But even if you’re not, there are plenty of companies that provide furniture restoration services. Shop around and see what you can find.

Moving into a new home is always exciting, but it can be an expensive process. You should devote at least some of your budget to furnishing your new house or apartment. With these simple tricks outlined above, you likely won’t have to worry about spending too much money on an expensive living room set.

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