Buying your first house is exciting, but it can be a little draining at times. After going through all the paperwork, packing up and moving, then unpacking and realizing you don’t have nearly enough furniture to fill this new space, you’re a little tired. Understandably, furniture is the last thing you want to think about, (unless it means lying in a bed) but it’s necessary.
So where do you start? Do you have to furnish everything all at once or over time? Do you buy used or new? What are the most important pieces of furniture to buy?
Well don’t worry; we’ve got a list of dos and don’ts to help guide you through the process as smoothly as possible.
Don’t Rush It
First, let’s get one thing out of the way: You have permission to take your time. Just because you moved this month, or even this year, doesn’t mean you need to have your place fully furnished. There’s no shame in it. In rushing, it’s easy to become so focused on getting it finished that you buy pieces you don’t really love just to have it done, and you give them away a year later.
Used or New?
Now that the pressure is off, you have a decision to make, do you buy new or used?
Save some of your hard-earned money and pick up some used pieces. Resale shops and garage sales can be a great place to find used pieces that’ll be great for your first home.
Looking to save even more money? Try using a website like FreeCycle to find free deals in your area.
Can’t find anything used that you love but you still want to save some money? Take advantage of furniture sales’ 0% financing promotions. You might be able to get an entire living room set for less than you thought.
Fashion or Practicality?
The next question is what to buy first. It’s a good rule of thumb to buy the pieces you use the most first. Things like a bed, a couch and a table are probably pieces you’ll want sooner rather than later. But there are still some dos and don’ts to buying these pieces.
Don’tbuy that neon printed sofa you saw on Pinterest, or that cool industrial one that’s sleek from across the room, but’s less uncomfortable than sitting on the floor. That trendy couch may be cool this week, but trends change and so does your style. There’s no use paying a lot of money for something that you’ll want to replace within the next few years.
Try buying a neutral-colored couch that’s comfortable to lounge on. When you have people over, or if you’re just relaxing for the night you’ll want to be comfortable. A neutral color is smart because you can jazz it up with throw blankets and pillows, which can be inexpensive and can be changed more frequently.
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