Whether you’re downsizing, moving across the country, or simply want all new furnishings for your new place, selling your old furniture is not always as easy as you’d hope. You may be considering buying all new furniture at your new home, rather than moving what you already have. The best way to figure out which option works for you is to compare the costs of both keeping your existing furniture or buying new furniture at your destination.
Is it Better to Sell Your Furniture or Move It?
If you have larger, nicer pieces or family heirlooms it’ll be more expensive to move, but you may also get a decent amount of resale value. However, if you have less expensive furniture it may not be worth moving it, since you could buy new furniture with the cost savings from the move. What you decide to put up for sale is completely up to you. If you are downsizing, chances are you won’t need all your current furniture. However, if you’re moving into a larger home, you may need to keep more than you think. You may decide you’d rather buy new furniture for your home so selling what you currently have makes sense to help fund the new items!
Prepping Your Furniture Before Selling
When you are ready to sell your furniture, it’s important to clean everything really well. Pull out all the couch cushions and take them outside for a good shake! This will help remove any dust or grime that has collected over time while also freshening up the fabric. It’s important to list your items in an accessible space where potential buyers can see them easily. Be there is something wrong with an item (such as a scratch), be sure to mention it.
What to Do With Furniture That Doesn’t Sell
If you’re getting close to your move date, and you still have items that you haven’t sold, consider moving them anyway or simply donating them. Try dropping off the items at a local non-profit or shelter. What you offer should be in good working condition!
Selling your possessions before a move isn’t easy, so try not to get discouraged if you don’t get rid of everything as soon as you list it. Be patient and persistent and give yourself plenty of time.