Moving in to a new home is always exciting but it can be also be stressful and expensive, with the biggest expense being furniture.
Here’s a quick guide to making your house a home…. on a budget!
- Buy only the Bare Essentials to start out – make a list in order of the most important items and work through it. You don’t need everything in the first week
- Beg or Borrow – ask friends and family for furniture or household items that they are no longer using. You’d be surprised what people have accumulated in the garage or spare room.
- Buy Secondhand – buying secondhand furniture is a great way to save money. Just because it’s secondhand doesn’t mean it’s poor quality. There are some real bargains to be had scouring the secondhand shops. You can always replace it later when you have more money.
- Look out for Sale Bargains – just because something is in the sale, it’s not always a bargain. Look out for the end of line and seasonal bargains, items with a minor flaw or damage as these can be heavily reduced. Most of all, remember to haggle….. you won’t get a discount unless you ask!
- Accumulate Slowly – once you have your temporary furniture you can work towards saving for something better.
To get you started, Brighton and Hove City Council, have put together a list of organisations around the city that may be able to help with low cost furniture and household items.More Info