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Downsizing Your Home? How To Be Sure You Get The Most Out Of Your Old Furniture

When you have made the major decision to downsize your home and live a life that is more economical and more eco-friendly, you may find yourself wondering what you can and should do with your old furniture that will take up too much space in your new, smaller home. Before you make plans to have a garage sale or post ads on a site like Craigslist, get to know how you can be sure that you get the most out of your used furniture. That way, you have more money to go into moving costs and your future new home.

Have Your Furniture Appraised

If you have pieces of furniture that have been passed down to you or that you have had for most of your life, there is a chance that there could be some value to your furniture that you are not aware of. This is especially true of very intricate or solidly-built wood furniture as well as any piece that has a signature by the designer on the bottom.

While not all older furniture is considered valuable, you may find yourself surprised at what your furniture is worth, even for a kitsch value. As such, you will want a furniture or estate appraiser come and have a look at all of the pieces you are planning to sell or get rid of. They can give you a valuation of the entire lot of furniture as well as on a piece-by-piece basis.

Consider Working With A Used Furniture Dealer

In order to ensure that you sell your furniture for the best price possible, you may want to consider working with a used furniture dealer rather than trying to sell the pieces yourself. Trying to sell your furniture online or at a garage sale will mean that people will try to negotiate the lowest price possible, and in your desire to make the sale and quickly rid yourself of your old furniture you may take a deal that is not the most beneficial to you.

A used furniture dealer is a seasoned negotiator and will be able to pair your furniture with clients that are looking for specific pieces to complete their collection or decorate their home. This means, because they are motivated buyers, that they will spend top dollar for your old furniture. As such, while it may take a bit longer to sell your pieces, you will get more money out of the deal.

Now that you know more about how to get the most out of your used furniture, you can be sure that you get the best possible deal. For more information, visit furniture websites like