Most brick-and-mortar stores are venturing onto online platforms to encourage visitors to shop online, whether it be small homeware items to larger pieces of furniture. Shopping online for your home decor is a great way to do your research, whether it be for pricing or product specifications, and by comparing retailers and browsing in your own time, you are more likely to make a purchase. However, not all retailers are equal and products can often be represented, so there are few things you must remember when shopping online.
Check Warranties and Return Policies
This is especially important if you are buying from an overseas store, as they are often not governed by the same consumer laws and it may not be cost-worthy to return any items you’re not fond on. Even if you have previously shopped with the store or company in the past, be sure to check their online policies as they can often change without any notice and may be different from the policies in their physical stores.
Take Time To Measure
It is essential that when you are shopping online that you measure the space that you are shopping for. You should also understand the full dimensions of the area where your purchase will be placed, as this can save extremely costly and time-consuming mistakes. It is difficult to visually measure items on a screen, so getting in touch with the customer services team and giving them a quick sketch of the floor plan or item in situ is a quick and easy way to avoid a costly wrong decision, for example, if you’ve ordered an 8 piece patio set, then once it is delivered find that it is too big for your garden, you have to spend a lot of time sending it back or finding a way to make it fit!
Investigate Shipping Fees and Costs
Shipping and handling fees can often turn what appears to be a bargain into a pricey purchase. They can quickly add up, depending on the size of your item, where it is being shipped from and time-frames. With Brexit and importation laws changing, it is likely to get more expensive to order items from overseas, so be sure that when you are comparing products, that you have done your research on the shipping costs and taxes.
Pre-empt New Trends
Online shopping is a great way to get up to date with new and exciting furniture and decor trends, as websites are often updated first with new stock and items. This way, you can also avoid walking around stores aimlessly, with no clue as to what you are searching for. Online shopping means that you can discover new items, such as sustainable garden furniture, get an idea on pricing, images to put together on a physical or virtual mood board or questions you can ask designers.