Karen Adelson - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty


Many homeowners or soon-to-be homeowners are anxious about making big purchases online. However, there’s a lot to be said for the perks of online shopping for things like furniture and appliances for your home.

As technology progresses and more and more retailers build their online presence, the selection has never been bigger. That’s why we’re going to show you how to find the nicest furniture and appliances online, get the best deals, and ensure that you’re buying from a trustworthy seller.

Read on for our tips on online appliance and furniture shopping.

The efficiency of online shopping

If done correctly, shopping online is much faster than driving to your local furniture store. The best way to achieve this is to know exactly what you’re looking for before ever opening up your browser. This will help you avoid scrolling endlessly through Ikea’s or Best Buy’s websites wondering what’s worth clicking on.

You’ll need to determine the following:

  • Your budget. This will narrow down the selection immensely and keep you from dreaming about unnecessarily expensive items.

  • Your style. Is there a specific color that you’re hoping to match? Does your furniture need to meet a specific style, such as mid-century modern? Using these search terms will help you find very specific results.

  • Practicality. There’s a difference between buying a washing machine and refrigerator for yourself and buying one for a family of five. Knowing the size and load specifications you need will help you narrow the search.

Take advantage of user reviews

One of the immense benefits of online shopping is the wealth of reviews that can be read. User reviews help the consumer and the company--it tells the company what products people prefer and it tells the consumer if the product met the description and quality standards of other customers.

It’s best to purchase items that have a higher number of positive reviews. A refrigerator that has a single five-star review might be of good quality, but I would trust that the refrigerator with twenty four-star reviews is consistently a top-quality item.

If you’re buying from a smaller online store, check out reviews for the retailer itself. Websites like Yelp and Google+ are both good places to look before hitting the “checkout” button.

Try before you buy

The internet is just one tool used for online furniture and appliance shopping. If possible, make a list of your favorite products and visit a local retailer who has them in stock. This will allow you to compare how the products look and feel in real life, as sometimes photos don’t quite portray the color and texture correctly.

This is also a good time to make sure the items are sized correctly to fit your home. Before leaving for the store, measure the space you have to work within your home. Remember that there often needs to be room behind your appliances for wiring. At the store, check to see if the products you looked at online will meet your space requirements.


For home sellers, maximizing the value of a property remains a top priority. However, finding the best ways to boost the value of a residence quickly can be an uphill climb for many home sellers, and for good reason.

In most instances, home sellers have limited time and resources at their disposal. Thus, dedicating substantial time and resources to complete a full home overhaul rarely, if ever, is an option.

Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways for home sellers to make the most of their time and resources and boost their value of any home in any housing market. Here are three tips to help home sellers enhance a property's value.

1. Focus on the Kitchen.

The kitchen often represents the main attraction in a home. As such, you may want to allocate time and resources to revamp your kitchen over other areas of your house to boost your residence's value.

Updating your kitchen hardware and cleaning the kitchen floors often requires minimal time and resources but can make a major difference in the eyes of homebuyers. Thus, a home seller who focuses on kitchen enhancements may be able to move one step closer to maximizing the value of his or her house.

2. Paint the Bedroom Walls.

Adding a fresh coat of paint to the bedroom walls can make a world of difference in your bedroom's appearance. Plus, you may be able to paint the walls in only a few hours, which means you won't have to worry about allocating substantial time and resources to complete this task.

Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. And if you paint your bedroom walls, you can minimize signs of wear and tear on your walls and give your bedroom a new look and feel. As a result, your bedroom may help your home stand out to homebuyers and enable you to optimize the value of your residence.

3. Keep Your Home's Exterior Clean.

Simple home exterior upkeep can deliver long-lasting benefits, particularly when it comes time to add your house to the real estate market.

Mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and performing other landscaping tasks will boost your home's curb appeal instantly. In addition, if you power-wash your home's siding and driveway, you can may be able to transform your ordinary house into an attractive one that stirs up plenty of interest from homebuyers.

When it comes to finding ways to boost your home's value, don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent for help. Your real estate agent is an experienced housing market professional, and as such, may be able to offer tips to ensure you can improve your home without breaking your budget.

Furthermore, your real estate agent can provide honest feedback about your home. That way, you can establish realistic expectations and get your house ready to show to potential homebuyers.

Use the aforementioned tips to bolster the value of your home – you'll be glad you did. By doing so, you can enhance your house's appearance inside and out and improve your chances of a quick home sale.




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