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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Expensive Home Items

No more impulse purchases!

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Photography: beckiowens.com / Better Homes & Gardens (Main Photo)

With so many home and furniture stores popping up in the country, shopping for your dream home has never been easier. We’re always on the lookout for items that will make our houses more functional, more comfortable, and more welcoming to our friends and family—not that there’s anything wrong with that! But we have to admit that we’ve all set our sights on stuff with impressive price tags—so much that they make us stop and think to ourselves, “Do I really want that?”

READ: New Furniture Stores For Your Modern Dream Home

It’s a good question to ask, but it shouldn’t be the only thing on your criteria before making a big purchase. Ask yourself these seven questions before heading to the store counter:

Does it match the rest of your home?

That sleek blue sectional may be the coziest sofa you’ve seen, but it will look out of place in a Modern Filipino home. It’s best to skip it unless you’re also planning on a redecoration.

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Do you already have one item in the same category?

It’s tempting to buy a new smart TV, but there’s no need to if you still have a functional unit in your living room. If you’re dead-set on getting new appliances, make sure you sell or donate your old ones first.

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Read: 6 Places To Bring Your De-cluttered Home Items

Do you have the space for it?

A freestanding cabinet might look perfect in the showroom, but it won’t look the same in a 24-sqm condo. Consider how much space you have in your home and double check if it can accommodate that furniture piece. If not, it’s better to turn your back on it and consider getting a customized version instead. Trust us, the custom piece will suit your space better—and it will reflect your personality at the same time.

Are you assured of its quality?

Before making your purchase, research the maker or manufacturer of the item you’re buying. If possible, find reviews from other customers and see what they have to say about the product. What might seem a good deal now won’t be such a good deal in the future if the item breaks down way earlier than expected.

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Will it fulfill the needs of your family?

Consider the people living in your home, especially if they’re the ones who will primarily use the item. For example, teenagers who value privacy will appreciate bunk beds over a queen bed they will have to share with a sibling.  

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Will it cause you financial issues in the future?

So you got the home entertainment system you’ve always wanted… but you don’t know if you’ll be able to pay off your credit card next month. Yikes! Make sure you have a sensible plan to pay off your purchases, whether it’s through upfront payment or an installment scheme.

How often will you use it?

You should always ask yourself this question no matter how cheap or expensive something is. Since you’re going to put it in your home, it has to be something you see yourself using and enjoying many years into the future. If that’s the case with this item, then go for it!

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