The Idiot's Guide to Refinishing Wood Furniture - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

I just recently finished moving into my new home. The weeks leading up to our move-in date, I was nervous that my roommates and I would struggle with finding furniture to fill the house. All I knew was that we had couches, couches and more couches. But a furnished home needs more than just places to sit. Rather than spending a fortune to buy new furniture, I used every available resource to find the best, used furniture and appliances for cheap – and it worked! Here are the best places to find low-cost stuff to furnish your home.

Nextdoor

My parents actually introduced me to this great website. Founded in 2010, Nextdoor’s mission is to connect neighbors and communities through a private social network. It’s like Craigslist, but everyone has a profile.

Nextdoor can be used for finding babysitters, looking for lost pets, getting the word out about a city-wide event and, of course, buying and selling used items. Privacy is very important to Nextdoor, as all users must verify addresses and none of your personal information will ever be shared on third-party websites.

To show why Nextdoor is a great resource to furnish your home, I’ll share my success story. For a total of $100, I was able to purchase a grill and a seven piece patio set along with these lounge chairs. What a steal! So I’d suggest going onto Nextdoor right now and signing up in your neighborhood!

Craigslist

Though I really do love Nextdoor, Craigslist can usually provide a more robust list of home furnishing choices. Craigslist has been around for about 20 years, building up a very large group of users who all contribute to their 50 billion page views per month. Craigslist makes it very simple to find what you’re looking for, having separate pages for all “for sale” items.  And depending on your location, categories like furniture and appliances are populated with hundreds of posts per day. People typically include a picture and a price for their item, as well as a way to contact them, whether it be through anonymous email or cell phone. And Craigslist makes sure that its users are aware of what a scam post looks like.

Friends and Family

In my opinion, this is the absolute best place to find items to furnish your home. People are always looking to get rid of stuff in their basement, garage or storage unit. And guess what? They’re usually willing to just give it to you – for free! Don’t be pushy or overly anxious to purge your friends’ and family’s belongings. Once they hear rumblings that you’re moving into a new home, they’ll most likely be more than willing to offer what they can.

Thrift Stores

Just like Macklemore’s song says, you can pop some tags with only $20 in your pocket. Salvation Army and Goodwill are usually filled with an interesting collection of bargain-priced couches, tables, chairs and more. These thrift shops are filled with thousands of new items each day, so if you don’t find something on your first trip, go back again!

By following these guidelines, my roommates and I were able to fill our house for $300. If you’re one of those people who really enjoys having brand-new things, I can’t help you. But if you’re looking to keep some bills in your wallet during the big move, follow this furnishing guide.

Where else have you bought used stuff for your home? Share in the comments section below!

 

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