You’ve officially entered the world of homeownership and it’s finally time to furnish your first home. Ah, yes, the moment your Pinterest account has been waiting for!

As exciting as the prospect of furnishing your home might be, it’s also safe to say that it can be a little stressful. After all, the majority of your savings went to your downpayment and you’re anticipating the arrival of your first mortgage payment.

Financial stress? Check.

As it turns out, furnishing your home doesn’t have to be so stressful on yourself or your wallet. With a few tips and tricks, you can look forward to furnishing your home like it’s your day job. Here are five tips on how to furnish your home in the best and most wallet-friendly way possible.

Pre-Order Large Purchases in Advance

In this day and age, the majority of home stores aren’t going to carry large-scale items in stock. This means that you’re going to have to order these items in advance and prepare to wait multiple weeks for their arrival.

While this is all fine and dandy for smaller items, you’re going to want to ensure that all of your large-scale items will be ready in time for when you take possession. These are items such as beds, couches and tables.

In terms of your wallet, try waiting until your desired stores are having discounts or offer buyer incentives. On such large-scale purchases, every penny counts when it comes to saving money.

Opt for a DIY Project

If you’re feeling even the slightest bit creative, why not consider a DIY project?

Nowadays, there are plenty of resources online that allow creating your own projects to be relatively easy. This could be anything from crafting a headboard or a bookshelf to a bench or even a television stand.

Sure, it might seem largely intimidating at first. But, after a few days of solid work, you’re going to have a piece that was crafted with your very own hands.

Now that has to count for something!

Test out the Second Hand Market

When it comes to furnishing your home, no one should be above the second-hand market.

Not only do thrift and vintage stores offer furnishings at a great price, but there are always hidden treasures of great quality. For those striving for a vintage or mid-century modern aesthetic, thrift shopping is a seamless way to achieve that style without breaking the bank.

It’s also a near-guarantee that you’re going to be the only homeowner on the block with that piece. No West Elm here, folks!

Take to Your Relatives

Remember that old wooden desk that your parents had in your attic growing up?

As it turns out, that desk is mid-century modern and is now perfectly in style. It’s also likely to be solid wood and a far better option than anything your average home store will offer in the desk department.

As your move-in date fast approaches, don’t hesitate to ask your relatives if you can sort through their unused furniture. More often than not, you’re going to find some hidden gems that fit perfectly in your new home. After all, there has to be a reason these treasures were kept in the first place!

Shop for Prints Online

For any new and inspired home owner, shopping for real-world artwork is sure to be a daunting experience.

Setting foot in a gallery, you’re going to find out pretty quickly that a simple piece of artwork is going to cost you an arm and a leg. While real artwork is something one can strive for in the future, it’s not always realistic for first-time homebuyers.

Fortunately, the world wide web is crawling with high-quality art prints. For a significant fraction of the price, you can choose from hundreds of thousands of online prints. Within a short time span, these prints can be delivered to your home and you can opt to frame them yourself.

And, just like that, you have yourself some relatively fine art.

Finally, Time to Get Started

At the end of the day, furnishing an entire home is going to be expensive. Some factors of the world just can’t be debated and this happens to be one of them. But, these simple tips and tricks can help to alleviate high costs and make the entire process a little more enjoyable.

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