by Heather Schuck
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Are you moving or redecorating your home and wondering what to do with your old furniture? It may be harder to part with furniture you have invested in than you realize. I have put together some tips and ideas to help get you started.
What's It Worth to You?
Your furniture may have great value to you as you know how much you spent on it and how well you have kept its condition, but how much is it worth to someone else?
Ask these questions:
Is your furniture an antique, is it valued by collectors?
What manufacture or brand is your furniture?
Is it currently in style?
When trying to determine the value of your furniture venture out visiting antiques shops, local consignment stores, and looking at newspaper and Internet ads for similar pieces, all are great places to start determining your furniture's worth.
The Price Is Right.
It's hard but being realistic when pricing and selling your furniture will make the process much easier. The memories you might have created with a piece are yours and provide no value to the buyer. As well as a customized couch may not have any special value for a buyer either. Ask these questions:
What stains, scratches, tears or dents does it have?
What size is your used furniture?
How long have you had your furniture?
What styles is your furniture?
Some styles sell better than others, a neutral style may sell better than something that is more specialized.
Upholstery is the hardest furniture to sell as it gets worn fast and fabrics are a personal taste, you will have more buyers for casegoods such as end tables and dressers.
Time To Say Goodbye.
There are multiple ways to sell your furniture. The most popular is garage sales but this may not be best for everyone as it takes time and you may not have enough items to have a sale. Another way becoming more popular is advertising on the Internet. You will need to make time to meet and discuss your furniture with potential buyers this will include them having to come to your home to inspect the piece.
If you're unsure of strangers coming to your home you have more options but this may take more money out of your pocket. Contact a consignment shop or a used furniture store. Take some good snap shots and small samples to the shops before hauling large items. Some will even come make you an offer and pick up the items up. If all else fails, and you don't have a buyer, and you're still left with items you were not able sell, you may need to consider donating to a charity. You may feel you lost out on money but you will get the pleasure of helping others and a tax break.