Everyone loves to save money, that’s no secret. That “great deal” sets off an alarm in your brain that you’ve just found an AMAZING secret that no one else has seen—and you want it.
That’s all fine and dandy until what you purchased FALLS APART within a year or two, forcing you to find the next “great buy.” Eventually, your “great buy deals” add up to even MORE than regular priced items.
The world bombards you every day with the “best deals” everywhere. It’s amazing how many blowout sales our inboxes receive on any given day. So, how do you sift through the clutter and know when you’ve TRULY found a great deal?
We’ll let you in on a secret formula:
True Cost = Longevity + Return on Enjoyment + Timelessness of Design
When you look at a price tag, it holds a lot more than just a number. Deals try to sell you on the number, but you’re smarter than that. You know that the true cost of an item represents how long it will last in your home, how much you will love the piece over time, as well as how truly timeless the design will work with your personal style as years wear by. This formula is the deciding factor between that next priceless piece you would NEVER give away versus that discount loveseat you donated a week ago.
Before you set out on your next interior design journey, keep our favorite furniture deal tips in mind…
Take it one step at a time
There’s no need to rush! When searching for home furniture deals, you can focus on one piece at a time to be sure you’re getting the best deal. Many high-ticket items should be COMPLETELY thought out before purchasing. It may seem easier and faster to purchase your living room set at an unbelievably low price you find somewhere end-of-season, but first ask yourself:
- How much wear and tear will this piece undergo?
- Do the materials and fabrics fit my lifestyle?
- What changes in my lifestyle would render this piece unusable?
A carefully-curated set of furniture will last you—and possibly whomever you decide to pass it on to. Patience is a virtue with a HUGE return on investment when shopping for principle furniture pieces for your home.
Make some new friends
There tends to be an enormous level of mistrust when it comes to salespeople nowadays. Customers believe that the salesperson only has the store’s profits in mind. And, as a result, stores turn too tricky ways to make extra cash and to convince clients otherwise.
Fortunately, a lot of that’s been halted thanks to the power of the internet! We’re now more informed THAN EVER with the world at the tips of your fingers.
Today, you can go against the norm and befriend your salesperson! Purchases are easier when you work as a team. By developing a camaraderie with your seller, your world can open to a less stressful environment AND even better deals.
But that’s easier said than done…earning trust both ways is A LOT to accomplish in your time at a store. That’s why it’s helpful to work with people who have spent YEARS developing those bonds!
If you need a little guidance on purchasing furniture, and honestly who doesn’t, don’t be afraid to turn to your local interior designers. Companies like Signature Home Services have spent their 23 years of experience cultivating multiple affiliate, vendor and partner relationships. That means that they have their finger on the pulse for KILLER deals that are exclusive to their clients.
Hunt for neutral and simple
Variety is the spice of life, but simplicity is the bread and butter of home design. Large accent chairs or funky colored carpeting is fun! Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE to splash in eye-catching pieces, but that fun-factor drives up prices.
Trendy pieces might only last in your home as fast as any trend would. It may come back in style, it may not…but you’re stuck with it regardless. Next time you’re shopping around, pay attention to the neutral, timeless pieces that often get looked over. These are where the best deals are hiding!
You can also take ANY neutral piece and add on accent colors! Take, for example, your living room sofa…add throw pillows and blankets to easily change the ENTIRE vibe of the room. In your kitchen, switch out the hardware on cabinets and they’ll look brand new! The possibilities of combination are INFINITE, and the look of your home will never disappoint. Neutral pieces are a true investment in your home.
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