Buying used furniture is a great way to fill up an empty space on a tight budget. However, all used furniture will not be created equally. Finding the perfect furniture to fit your space may require a little hunting. From garage sales to second hand stores, you really can get a good deal on furniture for your space if you know what to look for.
Below are 10 things that you need to check for before you finalize your purchase regardless of where you are buying the furniture from. It can save you time and money when shopping.
- The price. Of course, this is going to the absolute first thing you look for. You can’t purchase a piece of furniture if it doesn’t fit into your budget, right? Also, you want to check and make sure that the owner is not asking close to full price for the furniture. If you could buy it brand new for a few dollars more why not go ahead and do it? Make sure the price for the furniture is fair. This could involve doing a little research before you actually make the purchase. The internet comes in handy when researching!
- The value of the piece. On the other hand, you want to make sure that the price you are paying for the used furniture matches its value. This is especially true with antiques. Be prepared to pay a little more for pieces that are older. Antique furniture will increase in value over time. While you may have so spend a little more to get antique furniture, you will get a great return for your investment.
- The condition of the furniture. While saving money is certainly the main focus, make sure the furniture that you are looking in at least in fair condition. In fact, how much you actually pay for the furniture should heavily depend on the condition of it. Does it have stains? Is it scratched up? Is it slightly broken? Take the condition of the furniture into consideration when making the offer.
- Can it be repaired? When buying used, you can expect to make some repairs. Take the repairs needed into consideration. You will have to spend money out of your own pocket to make the repairs. Can you afford to?
- What’s the reputation of the seller? There are some people who you should avoid doing business with. Some sellers are looking only to turn a large profit. Consider the reputation of the seller before you decide to make an offer on the furniture. Getting a good deal requires finding the best sellers.
- How long will it last? You don’t want to purchase a piece of furniture that isn’t going to last you over a few months. If you do, you might find yourself searching again and spending more money in the future. Determine how long you think the used furniture will last you before you buy it. Don’t buy junk!
- Does it match your current décor? Know what you are looking for before you venture out and try to find it. This can help you avoid making purchases that you will regret. The pieces that you are looking for should match the décor in your house.
- Does it have a weird smell? When buying furniture pieces with fabric, make sure you get a good smell of the furniture before you buy it. Urine odors from pets can often be hard to get rid of. If it has a weird smell, consider continuing your search. You will likely end up paying a good deal of money to try to get rid of the smell.
- What is the furniture made of? There is a major difference between cheap inexpensive furniture and well-built, made to last furniture. Opt for the latter when searching for used furniture. If you look hard enough, you can find great deals on well made furniture that will last you far into the future. Check to see if the furniture is made of wood or particle board. Wood is the better alternative.
- Do you LIKE the furniture? Avoid purchasing furniture just because it is cheap. Settling for furniture because of the price will leave you unsatisfied. You will quickly find yourself searching the garage sales again if you make purchases that you really do not care for.
When buying used furniture it is important to thoroughly check it over before you even put an offer on the table. You can save tons of money by buying used furniture. Use the tips above to help you make the best decisions about used furniture when you are out shopping.
Marina is a freelance writer and enjoys writing about specialty products like contemporary cocktail tables, hall tables, indoor fountains and a lot more.
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