People normally treat old furniture with mixed feelings. Some hold onto certain interior parts with passion till they can no longer keep them due to lack of storage space; others act quickly and discard the piece during property clearance with little regard what happens to it. Neither of these outcomes are ideal – certainly you shouldn’t be keeping that bulky piece of bed just because it served you for long years, but you should not be too quick to discard it too.
If that old piece of furniture has been sitting in storage for what feels like forever, you might want to start thinking about what the options to sell it are. There is a lot of potential in making sweet deals when selling used furniture. Do not act quickly to throw out anything before you are absolutely sure you cannot sell it. Here are some tips to guide you:
Evaluate the furniture – the main thing to consider after a furniture clearance is to decide if what you are left with is treasure or trash. First you need to decide if the furniture is worth anything on the market, or it is simply junk that no one will show interest in. Check the condition of the furniture – does it need any renovation, or it is simply beyond repair. Next, try to find out if the furniture you have hired clearance for was made by someone famous. If what you have is considered antique or is in a category of valuable collections, you might want to consult a pricing guide that you can find in books, or any expert who deals with such goods. Internet catalogs can also give a very good idea on how much you can expect to make.
Price your furniture – this is perhaps the toughest part of selling old furniture. You do not want to discourage buyers by setting the price too high, but you also do not want to put it up for a low price and not make a good deal. Be realistic about this and take into account all factors that play a role in pricing. Any stains, tears and scratches will lower the price, just like if you have made any customization to the furniture. Again, compare the furniture left from your house clearance to similar products on the internet and work from there.
Be flexible – when it comes to selling furniture, you often times will have to negotiate the price. The buyer wants to make the best deal, and so do you, which means that the two of you want completely different things. There is, however, a meeting point – when both you and the buyer discover value in the deal. In the end it is up to you – settle for whatever makes you feel comfortable.
Present your furniture well – what you are going to need is an advertisement of some sort, especially if you are selling the furniture on your own. Do not overstate the quality of the furniture, if there are obvious flaws to it. Take good pictures that show it from every angle and post them online or possibly in your local paper.
Selling old furniture presents many opportunities that you can take advantage of. It is up to you to play your cards right and reap the rewards.
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