New condo?  Here is the Vallarta furniture shopping checklist

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Sheryl Novak

Have you just purchased or are planning to buy a new home in Riviera Nayarit?  If so, then your next step is to buy furniture and decor.  Furnishing a new home means buying hundreds of items.  That means hundreds of decisions.  It is also a substantial financial investment.  That can make the whole process overwhelming.  The goal of my articles is to help you shop, save, and then relax.  It is essential to know you have purchased wisely so your furniture will fall apart within one year from purchase.

It is easier to break the project down into smaller chunks to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

First, prepare a realistic budget.  The average cost to furnish a two-bedroom condo in Mexico is around MXN 400,000 (USD 20,000) plus IVA (tax).  This budget will ensure you have furniture that is well-made with the right materials and manufacturing processes that has a solid warranty.  Some people think that you can go to large cities such as Guadalajara or Mexico City and get furniture for cheap.  The adage that you get what you pay for is as true in Mexico as it is in the US and Canada.  Do not fall for this myth that large cities have streets lined with stores that sell quality furniture for less.  It is simply not true.  By the time you add in your costs to get there, accommodation, shipping, and handling, you most likely will end up spending more than if you had purchased locally.  Besides, this is your new home away from home.  Wouldn’t it feel better to support your new local economy and families here?

Shop for appliances.  Developers often include some appliances in the price of the condo.  Check which ones they have included and which ones not.  Also, this is the time to find out the brands and their features.  Before the developer orders the appliances, you may have the opportunity to switch them out or upgrade if you prefer.  Once delivered, it is often too late to make any change without incurring additional costs.

Next, select and order blinds.  White blackout and shade roller blinds are used predominantly in newly built condos in the Bay of Banderas area.  There are other colors and styles of window coverings available should you prefer.  In order to receive a quote, you will need to supply the floor plan of your unit, with its dimensions to the window dressing company.  If your unit or a unit with the same floor plan as yours is ready, a window technician will go to the property and measure.

Determine the decor style.  Selecting this before you start shopping for furniture and décor items will make it a whole lot easier.  When you have a clear idea of the way you want your home in Mexico to look and feel, it gives you confidence in the selection of the pieces.  Do you prefer coastal, mid-century modern, Mexican contemporary, or eclectic?   These are the top décor styles in the area right now.  Do you have a preferred color palette?  If color and design is not your thing, worry not.  There are a couple of stores in Riviera Nayarit that provide complimentary design assistance when you purchase furniture from them.  Alternatively, browse images of rooms online to find the style you like.  Use it as your guide for furniture and décor that will create the same look.

Check out next week’s edition for more of our PV Furniture Shopping Checklist.  If you would like the complete article or assistance furnishing your condo, email me at

Sheryl Novak
Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico – the online furniture store for your home in Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico, a brick and mortar show store in Bucerias. She is considered the expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.