By Ivanhoe Newswire for Smart Womansmartwoman-magazine

(SEATTLE) — From city to city, one furniture store to the next, she goes undercover to find the best quality at the best prices.

Jennifer Litwin Now, this furniture expert wants to share her tricks of the trade with you.

Jennifer Litwin checked out more than 500 furniture stores nationwide. The long-time furniture buyer traveled incognito for a year looking for the best in quality, price and service. “I decided to help other consumers make their lives easier by going across the country,” Litwin explained.

Easier for people like Gretchen Hamm who had a hard time shopping for a couch. “I had no idea that the legs shouldn’t screw in and that you should look for any exposed plywood or staples on a couch.”

Other tricks of the trade from Litwin — ask for a manufacturer’s written warranty. Find out exactly what materials went into the piece.And negotiate the price. She advised, “If you’re afraid to ask for a discount, ask for other things, like free local shipping or free assembly, because many dealers will go the extra mile to make that sale.” She wants her knowledge to empower you.

Wood sliders are more expensive — but more durable. More furniture reviews from Litwin mean more tricks of the trade for you.

The result of Litwin’s extensive furniture store reviews is a new furniture buying guide. Furniture Hot Spots — The Ultimate Coast-to-Coast Guide rates stores nationwide on price, quality, ambience and service.

Jennifer Litwin