By Todd McPhetridge
Purchasing furniture online can be a very fun and rewarding
adventure. You donít have to waste all day in mall traffic and
only going to a handful of stores. You can shop in the comfort
of your own home without the pressure of pushy sales people.
You can literally see hundreds of items in a very short time.
We want to make your online shopping experience as rewarding
possible. Here are a few things to consider when making your
purchase to avoid the pitfalls of shopping online.
View Pictures Carefully
Sometimes itís hard to tell exactly what color an item is
online. Everyoneís monitor shows colors differently, so take
that into consideration when buying furniture. Are the colors
of the fabric truly that color? When spending a large amount
money, itís imperative that you know that before you make a
purchase. Some vendors may have fabric swatches that you can
request and view before making a purchase. It is important to
be sure about your purchase as many vendors charge a
fee and shipping if you want to return an item that you are
Construction of Your New Furniture
Youíll want to be sure to know what materials are used to
the furniture. Some furniture is made from synthetic
while other furniture is made from wood, metal or other
material. It doesnít necessarily matter what your furniture is
made of as long as you know that it is of good quality. If you
need something that will become a family heirloom, itís
to check out online forums to see if anyone else knows about
manufacturer of the furniture you are buying.
Online retailers cannot always put every option that is
available for furniture on their websites. Some furniture
in many different styles, shapes and sizes. You may have a
plethora of options available to you, but not see them online.
Be sure to ask if the furniture that you are buying comes in
any other variations. Many times you can choose the leather,
fabric and even a different style for each piece.
Be Aware of Shipping Times
When you buy furniture online, you need to find out exactly
when it will ship, especially if you are pressed for time.
items can be express shipped if needed. Other items may be
coming from China and will not arrive for 2-3 months. Find out
ahead of time in order to avoid frustration. Many online
retailers can contact their vendor before you purchase an item
to be sure that it is in stock. Some may even have the
furniture in stock at their warehouse. If it says 2-3 weeks
delivery and you absolutely must have it in that time frame, a
quick call or email to verify this will alleviate a lot of
headaches in the long run.
Paying Extra for Delivery
How much will it cost to have your new furniture delivered?
Most companies have to ship furniture via freight. This means
tractor trailer must deliver your furniture. Will you have to
pay extra for the truck driver to unload your furniture? Most
freight companies charge extra for the driver to handle the
freight. When the trucking company calls to make arrangements
for delivery, you will want to be sure and ask them about
additional fees associated with unloading your furniture.
Make sure that you find out the best way to care for your new
furniture. Leather will need to be treated differently than
fabric. Some furniture may require that you wax, reseal or do
some other maintenance to it to keep it looking great for
Enjoying Your New Furniture
Once you have picked out your new furniture, purchased it and
had it delivered, then you can enjoy it. Thereís no better way
to enjoy your new furniture than with your friends and family.
By doing some homework and asking questions before you make
your purchase, you can be assured that you will not have any
unwanted surprises when it arrives.
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