Buying a new home is expensive. No matter how much money you have saved or how much of a good deal you got on your property, buying a house will have cost you a lot. With the added expense of lawyers, movers and decorators your funds will be almost wiped out. Given the large cost of moving your home, you will have little money left to spend on furnishing your home.
Everybody who deals with your move will have taken a fee. For example, if you have moved to Hampshire, your estate agents in Totton will have taken a cut of your finances and so will your solicitor. You have to pay every party involved in your move, which is only fair. The same is true for any city or region in the UK.
Regardless of how poor your finances are, you will need furniture in your home. What are you to do? Well, there are a few ways you can furnish your home for little or no money. These methods will save you a lot of cash and still mean that you have a gorgeous home full of all the furniture you need.
1. Use Preloved
If you haven’t used Preloved yet then it is time to start. The website allows you to search people who are selling (or even giving away) items in your area. Often you have to collect these items but you will save yourself a lot of money by browsing the site. The best thing about this website is that it has a ‘free’ section, where people put up items that they are offering for free. You can find a range of furniture on Preloved that people want rid of, which could be perfect for your new home. There are often listings from free beds to free bookcases, so make sure you take the time to browse the site and find something for you.
2. Use Gumtree
Much like Preloved, Gumtree allows users to put up adverts for things that they want to give away. By looking on Gumtree, you will be able to find a range of free items, which you can pick up for free. By using this site and Preloved, you will be able to find a range of new furnishings for your home. Make sure the adverts are legitimate before you decide to go and collect items. Always make sure that you have someone with you when you go and collect the item, as it may be dangerous to go alone.
3. Go To Charity Shops
Over the past ten years, charity shops have changed. Yes, they used to be full of junk and rubbish, but now they have some great bargains. Try going to Oxfam Furniture, which is a cheap place to look for new pieces. Some of the furniture you buy at charity shops will need a little attention to restore. For example, if you buy an old chair you might need to reupholster the seat before putting it in your home.
4. Ask Family And Friends
When furnishing your home don’t feel embarrassed to ask people whether they have anything you could take. Over the years people accumulate many pieces of furniture in their home, which they don’t need. Ask your family to donate a piece of furniture to your new home if they have anything they no longer want. They will be happy to free up some storage space in their home, and you get a new piece of furniture, so everybody wins.