Make Room for New Furniture by Selling Your Old Stuff
If you’re ready to update the look of your home with new furniture, what should you do with your old furnishings? In some cases you can repurpose that old couch for another room, or refinish a battered dresser for another use, but in general, if something has lost its usefulness or appeal, selling it may be the best option. You’ll open up space in your house and earn money in the process. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of your old items.
Sort and Price
Look at your belongings with a critical eye. You can to get an idea for how much others in your area are asking. If you have a true antique, you might want to get it appraised. When pricing your items here are some things to consider:
- Condition: Is it like new, or does it have scratches, tears, or missing parts? The better the condition, the more you can ask.
- Age: Vintage and antique pieces are valuable, and new items may be in demand if their style is current.
- Quality: If your furniture is sturdy, made from solid wood, or is just generally well crafted, it’s worth more.
Clean It Up
You might be surprised how nice your old stuff looks after you clean it. Vacuum and spot clean upholstered items, and clean and polish wood and glass. Although it involves a bit of elbow grease, you’ll get a better response if your goods look appealing.
Write an Ad
No matter where you decide to sell, whether it’s online, in the classifieds, or at a yard sale, you’ll need to write an ad. Follow the guidelines and rules of the venue where you list, but in general here are the things to include in your ad.
- Brief description: Tell potential customers what you’re selling, its style, age, color, and condition. Play up the good points, but be upfront about any damage.
- Photo: A photo is the best way to show off your merchandise. Take one good photo in a well-lit area. Remove the clutter and be aware of what’s visible in the background.
- Price and contact information: List the price, your phone number or email address, and the times you’re available.
Once your ad is placed, be prepared to show your pieces at various times. Some buyers may make an offer below the asking price. Decide ahead of time on your minimum price. Sometimes it makes sense to lower the price if it means a quick sale. The faster you sell your old furniture, the quicker you can start arranging your new furnishings.