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furniture_shoppingPurchasing new furniture can be one of the easiest and most affordable ways to change the look of your home.  If you are interested in a new piece of furniture, we have gathered some tips from furniture retailers to help you when shopping.

Go for quality – Think of this purchase as an investment. If you are trying to stay within a smaller budget, always ask the sales associate about discounts on floor samples. This way you can get the higher quality item, but decrease your costs. Remember, not all stores will offer to sell the floor samples and those stores that do may have floor samples with marks or scratches since they were on display. Alongside quality you can also go for quantity. Look for a store that sells headboards or bedframes in ADDITION to mattresses. This way you find the best fit, can consolidate your purchases, and possibly get a better deal. Chris from Ashley Furniture HomeStore states, “A lot of people come to Ashley’s thinking they will have to go elsewhere to find a mattress, then are shocked to find out that they can purchase mattresses there. This allows the consumer to have everything arrive at once and really get the best bargain.”

Go for secondhand – On the flipside, sometimes you can score high quality pieces at real estate sales, thrift stores, or yard sales. This shopping method would take more time and some luck, but could result in saving you a good amount of money. Be sure to check the quality and integrity before you purchase anything secondhand, as there typically are not return options. Buying secondhand is also great for people who love DIY projects!

furniture_measureMeasuring – Whether you are buying new or used, make sure to measure twice, maybe even three times. Taylor from Urban Furniture Outlet states in one of their blogs, “There’s nothing worse than buying the sofa you love only to have it delivered and find it won’t fit through the door.” By triple checking your measurements you can also narrow down your options based on what will fit in your house or apartment.

Test it out – Do not be afraid to take a seat, lay down, or kick your feet up on the piece before you buy furniture. You are making an investment that you will not only have to look at, but use often. Also, be sure to consult each and every member of the household before making a purchase to get their input too if they will be using the piece (this includes roommates if you have one).

Financing/Layaway – “Tax season brings people with refunds in the door,” Tom from Furniture Warehouse explains now is the time to buy because of the tax season specials. This is one of their busier times of the year so if a particular color or style catches your eye buy it now! If you have to hold off until tax refund comes in layaway is a great option. You should also shop on weeknights, which are typically less busy then a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Whether you need additional funds to redecorate your house or to buy a new home, Mariner Finance can help with all your needs! We will work with you to find a solution that best fits your budget and needs. Simply click here to apply today.

About the article’s contributors:
Ashley Furniture HomeStore, multiple locations in USA
Ashley Furniture Industries has over 400 locations in North America and is considered one of the largest manufacturers of furniture in the world. We spoke to Chris McPherson, Assistant Store Manager at the Weston Mills (Olean), NY location. Celebrating their 70th anniversary, Ashley Furniture HomeStore is offering deals in-store and online. They also just launched their new line, Urbanology. This line is sparking the appeal of a younger and stylish customer; you can now purchase these trendy patterns and styles here.

Furniture Warehouse, Nashville, TN
The Furniture Warehouse is home to the daily $399 couch deal and The Big Deal, which is a $1999.98 package deal that includes 21 pieces to furnish 3 rooms; Living room, bedroom and dining room set! Tom Weaver, General Manager, highlighted the fact that Furniture Warehouse buys at wholesale prices and then sells for near wholesale prices in order to get you, the customer, the best possible deal on quality furniture that will last years. If you are hesitant to purchase this much furniture you can opt into the additional five year warranty!

Urban Furniture Outlet, New Castle, DE
We spoke with Taylor Urban, a member of the Urban family who has been in the furniture business for 20 years. At the Urban Furniture Outlet they offer honest and upfront pricing. They even post prices online, which a lot of stores in the furniture industry are hesitant to do. The Urban Furniture Outlet store can do this because their staff does not work off of commission; they are selling to you with your best interest in mind. Taylor stated, “Our goal is offer customers today’s top styles at affordable prices, everyone deserves a beautiful home without costing them a fortune.” The Urban Furniture Outlet is gearing up to open their second location in Dover, DE in the coming weeks to better serve our customers South of New Castle.

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