Doreen Doyle | Naples Real Estate, Golden Gate Real Estate, North Naples Real Estate


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.



This listing recently sold for $682,000.

1728 Supreme Ct, NAPLES, FL 34110  

$700,000
Price
$682,000
Sale Price
4
Bedrooms
3
Baths
This custom built home is in Castlewood, a community contiguous to Imperial Golf Estates. Castlewood has 32 custom homes valued to $1.2M. Built in 2004, with 5 Bedrooms (configured as 4 + Office/Den) has significant upgrades. The beautiful garden view backyard offers a lush curtain of landscaping privacy, a large solar heated pool & large covered lanai delivers your private play area. Mediterranean & open plan with lots of natural daylight allows life lived inside & outside to its fullest. The 12 foot ceilings & crown moldings make this house feel spacious and delightful, something hard to appreciate in photos yet instinctively experienced in-person. The exquisite kitchen has a center island, granite, 42” cabinets & stainless. Also many subtle upgrades such as Hurricane Impact Glass throughout, Soundproofing in interior walls, Intercom, Deep water well for landscape irrigation, New HVAC in 2016, 3 Car garage + a workshop area. This home has been loved and maintained impeccably. If you’re the person who appreciates quality, this house is for you. Includes a 1 year home warranty professionally serviced by American Home Shield. Golf memberships are available directly from Imperial.


The App Store is saturated with tools for helping you keep track of your budget, spending, income, credit score, and more. However, each app is different, offering varying levels of user-friendliness, security, and helpful features. We've built a list of the most useful apps for keeping track of your finances--from budgeting and paying bills, to learning about investing and credit, these apps have you covered.

Mint

Mint is the juggernaut of budgeting apps. You can securely sync all of your bank accounts, loan accounts (credit card, student loans, etc.) and even income accounts like PayPal. Once you've logged in, Mint does most of the work for you. In fact, just yesterday I got a notification from Mint that I was charged extra for my gym membership. In the app or from the website you can design your own personalized budget that includes things like food, shopping, groceries, gas, etc. When you make a purchase with one of your linked cards, Mint automatically sorts the purchase into the correct category. Aside from budgets, Mint also helps you set up a timeline for paying your debts. It shows you how long it will take at your current monthly payment amount and tells you how much you would save in interest by paying it off faster.

PocketGuard

PocketGuard is like a sleek, minimal version of Mint. However, its main strength, as the name suggests, is security. It boasts several barriers to identity theft and complicated and technical security measures that we won't get into here (we're talking 128-BIT SSL encryption). PocketGuard is also simpler than Mint, both in terms of content and display. Plus, you won't see as many advertisements for credit cards that Mint so slyly sneaks into just about every screen you view.

Home Budget with Sync

The name's a little awkward, we know. But they added that "with Sync" in there for a reason. Home Budget's most redeeming feature is that it allows you to sync up with other budgets in your household (your spouse, roommate, etc.). This makes it much easier for couples who are splitting bills to keep track of their expenses and savings. One piece of advice is to choose what you share wisely. Not everyone wants to share all of their personal finance information with others.

You Need a Budget

You Need a budget, or as its many happy customers call it, YNAB, is a whole lot more than just a way to keep track of your money. It boasts several learning resources that empowers you with financial knowledge. Where other apps just let you plug in numbers, YNAB teaches you what all of those numbers mean and helps you make more informed decisions with your money. YNAB is created with the intention of reducing your financial stress. It has simple videos, instructables, and more to help you learn the ins and outs of budgeting. Then it helps you build your own budget and stick to it with many of the same features as Mint or PocketGuard.

Personal Capital

If you're ready for the big leagues of finance and want to start investing and tracking your assets, Personal Capital will help you get there. This app is designed for managing and analyzing assets. The app's main features are broken into categories: cashflow, retirement, investing, and net worth. The outstanding feature here is investing. It simplifies investing, checks up on your investments, and gives you useful tips that will help you get your toes wet in the investment world.

Welcome to Tarpon Cove… Desired North Naples area location W of 41 near Mercado for a variety of dining, movies, shopping plus popular Naples beaches. Enjoy this 2+ bedroom, 2 bath attached villa with many great features including a spacious 2 car garage, electric hurricane shutters, alarm system, walk in closet in MBR, private cul-de-sac road, newly painted interior and the open concept is perfect for entertaining. Simply beautiful and serene setting overlooking the lake and preserve from your extended lanai. The soaring ceilings and skylights give this home a bright and airy feeling. Gated community possesses several community pools, lakes, green space plus lovely fountains! Take advantage of the membership at Tarpon Cove Yacht & Racquet Club. Their amenities that span from Gulf to Golf. Experience the entertaining boat shuttle to the beach, waterfront dining, club pool w/ chickee bar, tennis & fitness center! Southwest Florida Lifestyle at its finest.

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696 Mainsail Pl, NAPLES, FL 34110  

$429,000
Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Welcome to Tarpon Cove… Desired North Naples area location W of 41 near Mercado for a variety of dining, movies, shopping plus popular Naples beaches. Enjoy this 2 bedroom, 2 bath attached villa with many great features including a spacious 2 car garage, electric hurricane shutters, alarm system, walk in closet in MBR, private cul-de-sac road, newly painted interior and the open concept is perfect for entertaining. Simply beautiful and serene setting overlooking the lake and preserve from your extended lanai. The soaring ceilings and skylights give this home a bright and airy feeling. Gated community possesses several community pools, lakes, green space plus lovely fountains! Take advantage of the membership at Tarpon Cove Yacht & Racquet Club. Their amenities that span from Gulf to Golf. Experience the entertaining boat shuttle to the beach, waterfront dining, club pool w/ chickee bar, tennis & fitness center! Southwest Florida Lifestyle at its finest.




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