The Best Places to Shop Online for Home Décor

Doing your online shopping for home décor needs just got easier with our list of best places to shop plus some online shopping tips!

 

Shopping for home décor related items like furniture, lighting, and accessories is a fun and exciting experience. Going from store to store and trying to decide on what to buy and what would look great in your home is downright hard and can be tricky. Taking measurements, trying to compare one piece of furniture to another piece in another store, and juggling prices is definitely not easy. That’s why more and more homeowners prefer to do their home décor shopping online.

There are tons of great places where you can shop online, but we’ve rounded up some of our favorites to help you track down the best deals and the best finds:

1st Dibs

 

Yes 1st Dibs can be pricey, but decorating your dream home is going to take some statement investment pieces. The best place to buy these is at 1st Dibs, an online store that sells exclusive antiques from all around the world. What I love at 1st Dibs is that you can find unique items and you can curate your shopping experience to make it more enjoyable and rewarding. You can target a specific segment and shop by color, price, recognized antique dealers and so many more options to filter your search results.

This is actually 1’st Dib’s office!

If you are stuck on a stunning piece of furniture on 1st Dibs but the price doesn’t match your budget you can always haggle with the antique dealer. Try to bring the price down, it’s always worth a try!

Etsy

 

The small marketplace of Etsy has really exploded in the last few years and become a huge source of unique items to buy for your home. They sell hand crafted or handmade furniture as well as antiques. It’s also a great place to sell your furniture online.


Agate Coasters from Etsy

Zara Home

 

A little underrated, Zara Home is a fashion-forward place to buy home décor accessories, smaller furniture pieces such as side tables, as well as lighting, rugs, throw pillows, and blankets. If you are looking to get that designer look for less, Zara Home is the place to shop. On top of the latest home décor trends, Zara Home offers a sleek decorating style that looks timeless and chic.

Suzy’s Tip: Watch our for Zara Home’s seasonal sales. You can snatch up some gorgeous decorative pieces for peanuts! I found some lovely finds such as printed cloth napkin sets and outdoor table cloths for $20 each!

HORCHOW

 

If you have a slightly bigger budget or are looking for some high-quality statement invest pieces, HORCHOW is the place to go shopping. Their categories include furniture, decor, lighting, begging, bath, rugs & curtains, tabletop, outdoor, gifts and so much more in-between! They are also loaded with really, really, beautiful pieces such as mirrored furniture, chesterfield sofas, studded and tufted headboards and so much more.

All of these places to shop contain high and low priced home décor items that together can make a striking statement in your home. Do you have some favorite online places to shop for home décor items? Share them below, we’d love to hear from you!

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Buying a Home that’s Flipped or Should You Remodel Yourself?

Buying your first home can be a tough decision: should you remodel an old home or buy one that’s recently flipped? We weighed in on the options to see what’s worth it and what’s not…

 


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When buying your first house, you should consider whether to buy a “flipped” house or renovate for yourself. A house that has been flipped is one that the owner bought in a debilitated state and refurbished before reselling it. You can also buy such a home before renovations and undertake the work yourself.

Looking at houses in an interior design magazine will give you some wonderful ideas. Moreover, once renovations are complete you will get a good idea of what adds value to the house and what to avoid.


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Spy on House Flippers

Before you commit to a flipped home, you should visit house flip projects in the area that you want to live in to see the flippers in action. Seeing the flipping process is helpful because some people are attracted to the new house look instead of fixating on its structural issues. If a house is flipped in less than three months, you need to be wary, as the flippers may have glossed over serious issues.

If you want to buy a flipped house, consider bringing an expert to your first house viewing. This person can help you to see the cracks in a seemingly nice façade. You should not be afraid to get on your hands and knees if you want to see what is going on and examining every aspect of the remodel. Do the kitchen cabinets fit well together? Does the front door rub against the frame when you open it?


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BDB Tip: Buying a house with many underlying problems is a waste of money because you will spend a lot more trying to keep it from falling apart. Ask yourself if you would rather pay top dollar for a badly renovated flip or buy an old house and renovate it for yourself. Whatever you decide to do, just know that your investment will be emotional and financial.

Remodelling an Old House

 

When buying a house to remodel, make sure that it is not more damaged than you can handle. Renovating and later on decorating your home takes time, so you should not choose this option if you are not prepared to wait. Are you a perfectionist? This is even more reason for you to stay away from renovation projects if your finances, time pressures, and finances mean you will never finish.

Suzy: “If you plan to tear the house down to the ground and rebuild it from scratch, it might be easier and cheaper to buy a new home. However, if you do not mind investing your time and money in building your dream house in an ideal neighbourhood, then remodelling is the way to go.”

Remodelling vs. Buying A Flipped House

 

Although buying a house flip is nothing new and people have been doing it for years, bad house flipping often hits the news of some buyers who end up with uninhabitable houses that only look nice. To make sure that you are not falling into the same trap, you should research house flips in a specific area and research the owners who do them.


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Some real estate agents are able to fool buyers into purchasing useless properties, although they may have listed the house in good faith. They might believe that the renovation is well done, which makes it your responsibility to check whether a house is habitable though a housing inspection.

Be Prepared for Costs

 

Good remodelling is a process that requires expertise and time. If you are doing the renovations yourself, you will be able get a great house that you know is sound.. However, hiring roofing contractors in New Jersey for example and other house renovators is not cheap. You would have to buy building materials such as roofing materials, fixtures such as a traditional bridge faucet, and granite slabs, as well as pay the contractors.


Photo: Hello Sukio

Whatever you decide to do, you should be ready to spend a lot of money. Neither buying a flipped home nor renovating yourself is cheap, as you would need to spend money on uncertain projects. To be on the safe side, you should buy a brand new house or at least one that needs less work.

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