One of the most expensive things to do is to move into a new home. Not only do you have to worry about loans and closing costs and realtor fees, but there are a lot of hidden costs as well that one often forgets. Things like having to furnish the place so that you can be comfortable in it.
Herein lies one of the bigger hidden costs. Buying new furniture, appliances and decor items can be quite expensive…that is, unless you know where to look. There are actually ways that you can procure the items you need for not very much at all, and that’s exactly what we are going to go over in the following paragraphs.
For furniture, you have a few options. Sites like craigslist always have listings for used furniture in virtually every area. One can find living room sets, desks, tables and chairs, etc. and typically for not very much money. A little DIY action may be needed on some pieces, but you can furnish your home this way for a fraction of the cost. You can also get new furniture from Ikea which is actually quite inexpensive. It’s not going to be all made of high-quality materials, but at least it will look stylish and consistent.
Then there is the matter of appliances and electronics. Maybe your new living room needs a bigger television. Here is where not only craigslist comes to the rescue, but also the local pawn shop Hollywood. People often pawn appliances and electronics and you can typically find everything from TV sets to stereos to blenders to microwave ovens. With a little bit of haggling, you can usually find a great deal on these items.
Stay tuned for part two where we go over even more money-saving ideas for filling up your new home.