28 Specific Tips that will help you Before Buying 2nd Hand or Inexpensive Furniture
Article From / Credit : Harnsworth, Peter (2013-03-18). 28 Things You Need To Know Before Buying 2nd Hand or Inexpensive Furniture
Not everyone has the luxury of going out and spending lots of money on brand new furniture and many savvy shoppers will choose to buy 2nd hand furniture, and that’s perfectly OK. However, before you go spending your hard-earned cash, here are 28 Top Tips that will help you to get exactly those pieces of furniture that you really want, and leave you sitting pretty.
Decide How Much You Want To Spend
Smart consumers will know their budget before they begin to shop so:
1# Decide on how much furniture you need in total to get a better idea how much you can afford.
2# Always try to negotiate a better price (if you can).
3# Keep in mind the cost of delivery.
Thoroughly Inspect your Furniture
Obviously, this is what you should do first before buying any kind of furniture. The condition of the piece will best determine its value. Test it out.
4# Sit on it, touch it, and check for loose hardware.
5# Go over every inch of the piece from top to bottom with a critical eye.
6# If the piece is made of wood, make sure the joints are strong and sturdy.
A Tape Measure is a Furniture Shopper’s Best Friend
There is nothing worse than falling in love with a certain piece of furniture you bought at a good price; only to find it doesn’t fit once you get it home.
7# After you figure out what furniture piece you want to buy, measure out the space where it will go. This is very important, and surprisingly many people forget this step.
8# Check the dimensions of narrow doorways, corridors or stairwells if you plan to buy a larger piece like a sofa or armoire.
Design is clearly another important aspect of buying 2nd hand furniture.
9# Does the piece fit well with the other existing pieces in the room? Be aware of the colour, style, texture and the overall “feel” of the furniture.
Places to Shop for 2nd Hand Furniture
10# Countless bargains may be found for 2nd hand furniture at places like private sales, outlet stores, furniture auctions including eBay, flea markets, local consignment stores, online furniture outlets and warehouses.
11# Most importantly, think about the function and versatility of each piece before you buy it. A good rule of thumb to follow – ideally, the bigger the piece the more neutral it should be. A large sectional or bulky suite will be much harder and expensive to replace – than say, throw pillows, drapes or rugs.
Buying 2nd Hand Furniture on eBay
When it comes to buying furniture on eBay, quality should be your top priority. Unless the furniture you are seeking to buy is local to you, you wont be able to see it for real and most of the forgoing tips wont apply.
12# If you can view the furniture, be led by the previous tips.
If you can’t view the furniture:
13# Make sure that you view the sellers history under “Seller Information” in the top right-hand corner of the eBay auction page. In order to avoid scammers, go for a “high sales” count and the highest “positive feedback” score you can.
14# Confirm “shipping details” with the seller and be sure as to “who” is paying for shipping. (Assuming you’re not collecting it.) Click on the sellers name in the top right-hand corner of the auction page to be taken to a page where you can contact the seller.
15# If you are paying for the shipping of the furniture yourself, make sure you know how much this will cost and bear this figure in mind whilst bidding.
16# Make sure that you give the seller, or carrier, your correct delivery details.
17# If you’re collecting the furniture personally, you can pay with cash. If you will be paying online, I strongly advise that you pay via PayPal. It’s worth opening an account if you don’t already have one and it’s free. Paying via PayPal avoids the danger of having your card or account details revealed at any stage of the transaction.
18# Ensure you are aware of the sellers refund policy. Should you not like the furniture that you buy or you find that there is a problem with the sellers description of the furniture or it is damaged, you may want to return it.
Buying Clearance Furniture
It will come as no surprise, that new furniture is often one of the single greatest expenses when decorating your home. A brand new living room set can cost thousands, and often cost becomes a prohibiting factor to self expression and, ultimately, comfort. For those on a budget, buying furniture on clearance can help save you money whilst getting the “quality” of buying new.
Know What The Retail Value Is
19# When buying clearance furniture it is important to realize that “clearance” is just a word. Many stores use sales jargon that say things like, “bargain,” “clearance,” and “going out of business,” as a “sales tactic” while still charging retail prices.
20# Make sure you avoid impulse buying and shop around at several locations. Understand what you want to buy first and know what the average retail prices are before you go to the store.
21# With a little common sense and a good eye you can often find great opportunities. The key to buying new furniture at clearance prices is as simple as knowing what you want to buy. Knowing your price and practicing a little patience can often get you a new piece of furniture for a fraction of retail cost.
Don’t Underestimate Outlet Stores And Warehouses
22# Many retailers that sell furniture “in bulk” really do have great deals. The key to getting the best deal is, as before, avoiding an impulse buy. Frequenting a furniture outlet will allow you to get a feel for prices and will put you in a position to be there at the right time when a discount sale hits. Often, competing stores will have different sales at different times of the year. Knowing your item and who’s selling it can give you an edge.
Learn To Haggle
23# Just because an item isn’t listed as clearance, doesn’t mean that you can’t get a deal on it. Talking to, and building trust with your salesman can often allow you to haggle on the price. Much like buying a new car, the retail price on new furniture is not necessarily set in stone. This is especially true at privately owned warehouses or specialty shops. Ask about discounts on demonstration models. Also, don’t be afraid to walk away.
Check The Internet
24# Let the web work for you. Sites like E-Bay, Amazon, Gumtree and Craigslist can be great avenues of research. This can give you a good idea of what your desired piece of furniture should cost. Also, keep tabs on your local furniture shops. They will often run ads, sometimes even on-line specials at certain times of the year. By knowing the real price of your item and comparing it to the “special” you can always be sure you are getting a good deal.
Shop Out Of Season
25# Just like fashion, depending on what kind of furniture you want to purchase, timing can be everything. If you are looking for a new patio set you will probably find a better deal in December or January. This is also holds true for more common furniture as well. Many stores will have display models for sale and end of year sales in mid-winter. Just like a computer or a car, furniture is also constantly getting upgraded and going in and out of style.
Factory Direct Furniture
People often get confused about what factory direct really means, and in confusion, can end up paying more than they bargained for.
There is a difference between factory direct and factory outlet furniture purchases:
26# Factory direct simply means buying furniture straight from a manufacturer’s warehouse or production plant, thereby allowing you to save on purchase costs that are often higher in store due to these stores having to cover their overhead expenses.
Factory outlet purchases, on the other hand, involve shipping the furniture to a certain store or depot where it can be sold at retail prices. As such, furniture that is sold in factory outlets does not necessarily cost less than that found in traditional furniture stores.
Local Furniture Manufacturers And Craftsmen
27# You should also be aware that local furniture manufacturers and craftsmen are sometimes the better options when compared to shopping for furniture in a large depot or mall. Local furniture makers do not have as much overhead costs to consider when crafting their products so they can offer these at very low prices to customers.
Aside from this, dealing with local makers and buying factory direct furniture from them, gives you more room for design options. There are craftsmen and small furniture manufacturers that offer custom-made pieces to those who want unique yet elegant furniture for their homes and offices, and this is something that you won’t find in larger furniture companies.
28# Always remember that “comparison” is the key to getting a great bargain on furniture. It would be wise to make a list of several furniture manufacturers and see which ones can provide you with the furniture that you actually like.
Buying factory direct furniture is an excellent move if you’re on a tight budget, but it doesn’t mean that you have to settle for furniture that will not bring you satisfaction just so that you can save on costs.
Your furniture is perhaps the single most important feature in turning your house into a home. That perfect couch, that unique end table can not only be an exquisite and interesting piece that “brings a room together,” but it can also provide that sense of comfort, the ability to relax and live in a space that feels like it was made for you.
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