We Just Bought a House. Now What?

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New Home Furniture

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If you have never bought a house before, it's an experience you will want to be prepared for. Buying a home is exciting and intimidating at the same time. And if you are buying for the first time and moving from a small apartment to a much larger house, then you are likely going to have to buy some new furniture to help fill up the space. Here are some tips on how to go about buying furniture for your new house.

Start out small

When you buy your house, you may have the temptation to ditch your old furniture and buy all new. But that can be a big mistake. You don't want to go into debt buying furniture, and you also don't want to spend all your extra cash or dip into savings that you might need for other things in the house. Buy only the furniture you need. For example, you might need to buy a dining room table. Or you might want to replace something that is in bad shape. Don't replace things just for the sake of replacing them.

Buy in order of importance

You want to make sure you buy the furniture you absolutely need first. For example, if you and a significant other are moving into a house together for the first time, you might need a bigger bed. Or if you have a child on the way, you might need baby furniture. Buy the furniture you really need first and save the cosmetic upgrades for later. You can always throw a slipcover on a couch or chair to make it better match your decor.

Look for discounts

You can save money on your furniture purchases by taking advantage of discounts and other promotions. One of the best ways to save money on furniture is to buy pieces during end-of-season sales. For example, if you need patio furniture, the best time to buy it might be in late summer or early fall. Other ways to get discounts include purchasing multiple pieces at once, signing up for a store credit card and buying off-brand furniture or furniture that requires assembly. You can also find discounts and get items on the cheap at storage auctions and yard sales.

In addition, if you’re going to be keeping furniture outside, it’s going to be critical that you protect it. Sometimes, not everything can be placed immediately into your home, but that doesn’t mean leaving furniture out on the patio or the garage will be good for it, especially if you live in a climate that is a little temperamental. Specific furniture covers exist for all sorts of weather needs. At the end of it all though, be patient, moving in and creating a new home space can be awkward and expensive, but once it’s done it’s going to be worth it.

Buying a house is exciting and intimidating and so is trying to fill it out with enough furniture. Because you can easily break your budget when furnishing your home, it's important to be smart about the purchases you make. Plus, there are multiple ways that you can decorate your home while enjoying a sparse, minimal look. Just remember to go on the hunt for any discounts you can get and buy only the furniture you absolutely need.

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