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3 Low-Cost Resources for Furnishing a New Home

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Buy from a resale store

There are many furniture consignment shops that offer quality used (and sometimes, new) furniture at a low price. These stores also have other decorative elements for a new house. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is a great example of a place where you can find good pieces at reduced prices.
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Visit a lumberyard

Many pieces of furniture are possible to build yourself with minimal expertise by following instructions or tweaking existing furniture. Stop by a local lumberyard to ask about reduced or discounted wood you can get for a fraction of the price.

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Check out garage sales & Craigslist

A lot of people don’t know what to do with their old furniture — so they end up selling it at low prices locally. If you don’t exactly love a piece, but it has good bones, it can be inexpensive to re-cover or re-finish existing pieces compared to buying new.


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3 Ways to Make Your New Ann Arbor House Feel Like a Home

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Put up photos and decorations

One of the best ways to personalize a space is to bring in your own decorative touch. Hang up photos and paintings on bare walls, place frame on tabletops and warm up the space with flowers and plants. Your house will feel like a home once you’ve had a chance to put up your own touches throughout.

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Buy rugs for wood and tile floors

To instantly warm up a cold area, such as a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, buy area rugs to define the space and add a punch of color. Rugs are great for tying together a look or theme in a room and putting a personal touch on a newer home with builder details.

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Arrange rooms according to how you use them

When you first move into a new home, the rooms are bare and often not arranged for your particular lifestyle. Once you move in, it’s important to arrange furniture, appliances and kitchenware according to how you’ll use the room.

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13 Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

Congrats! You’re almost done purchasing a home, whether it’s new construction or an existing house. What do you need to know before, during and after your move into your new place?

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Before the move

  • Make sure all of the utilities are turned on, set up and functioning properly. You don’t want any surprises once you’ve moved everything in!
  • If you’re buying an existing home, change all of the locks and garage door codes.
  • Connect and test all appliances: the furnace, water heater, washing machines, dryer, water softener, etc. If you’re buying an older home, check the water filters (replace if necessary) and clean the ducts.
  • Familiarize yourself with the electric panel and valve shutoff locations.
  • Look at the home safety: fire extinguisher(s), smoke detectors, outlets, stairs.
  • Budget for unexpected expenses during the move and after you move in.

During the move

  • Clean everything thoroughly before moving in boxes and heavy furniture. This will be your one chance to do so before the house is full of stuff.
  • Set up all of your large furniture and bedding before unloading all of your boxes. You need some place to relax and sleep while unpacking, which can take several days or weeks.
  • Wash sinks, toilets and bathtubs with cleaner before using, especially if you’re buying an existing home.
  • Pick up basic household tools if you don’t already have them, such as a vacuum cleaner, wrenches, a hammer, lawn mower, rake, cleaning supplies, etc.

After the move

  • Address any issues with the home or yard with the builder immediately after noticing them. Many builders will run over to fix something in your new home to assure you’re satisfied and happy. (Of course, if you’re buying an existing home, this should be done during the negotiations and home inspection.)
  • Live with the existing home for a while before making any major floor plan or decorative changes.
  • Enjoy your new home!

Current homeowners, anything would you add to this list?

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