Are you in the market for some new furniture? Before you grab your purse and head to the showroom, you should keep in mind that you might be living with those new pieces and the accompanying bill for awhile. Here are two mistakes to avoid making as you shop for furniture, so you can be happy with your investment:
1: Ignoring Worn Floor Models
Once you are inside that peaceful showroom, you might forget all about your furniture troubles back home. However, you need to remember that the things that you see could potentially end up in your place back home—where your kids can abuse them. Fortunately, the floor models that you see in the store have already attained some abuse from customers, which can help you to see how they might fare in your home.
As you shop for furniture, never ignore worn floor models. Instead, carefully inspect the different injuries each piece already has. Do those cushions look smashed? Are those wooden chair seats full of scratches? Paying attention might help you to avoid buying a piece of furniture that your kids will destroy.
2: Paying Full Retail
Those price tags might look pretty permanent, but there is a good chance you might be able to lower the sales price. When you shop for furniture, keep in mind that most salespeople are willing to negotiate. Here are a few ways that you might be able to pay less for the furniture you want:
- Shop at the end of the quarter: At the end of each fiscal quarter, businesses count their inventory and clear out non-moving merchandise. Salespeople are more motivated to sell during this time to meet their quarterly numbers. The fiscal quarters typically end the last week of March, June, September, and December.
- Ask salesmen to match previous sale prices: If you have been in the market for that new couch for a while, you might be familiar with previous sales prices. Don't be afraid to ask the salesperson to match previous price points. You might be able to get that table for the "after Christmas" sales price, even if it is the dead of summer.
As you negotiate, try not to take things personally. Instead, think about your discussion like a business transaction. If you can't reach an acceptable price point for the piece, don't be afraid to walk away. By getting a great deal, you can avoid buyer's remorse and enjoy your new furniture. By being a savvy shopper, you can drive away with more money in your wallet and furniture pieces you will love forever.
Come to Ritchie's Furniture & Appliance to begin your search for new furniture.