Moving house is an exciting time, but it can be very stressful too! There are many things you need to consider and get organised before moving day arrives, and figuring out what to do with your furniture is one of the trickiest decisions you will make.
Sometimes it’s not possible to take all your old furniture into your new home, whether it’s the case that you’re moving into a smaller home or perhaps you’re moving into a new part/fully furnished home. Or perhaps your furniture simply doesn’t go with the decoration in your new home?
Deciding on which furniture items to get rid of can be difficult so it’s essential that you make a list of your must-have items before you make the move, because this helps you determine which items you value the most and which you value the least. This will make your decision far easier.
If you’re currently facing this problem then there are a number of things you can do with your old furniture items to make sure that you’re not overloaded in your new home. Here are some tips on what you should do with your old furniture when you’re moving into a new home.
1. ARE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN NEED OF NEW FURNITURE?
If you can’t possibly move all of your old furniture into your new home then show off your generous side and ask your extended family members and friends about whether they’re in need of new furniture.
Maybe you have young relatives who are moving into their own place that could really benefit from free or discounted furniture? The same applies to any of your friends who are moving into their first home, after-all, furnishing a home on top of paying for the house or flat itself is a major investment and they would really appreciate the gesture.
2. DONATE YOUR FURNITURE TO CHARITY
If your family and friends don’t want to take your old furniture off your hands, then charity shops in your local area would surely have some use for it.
It’s important to remember that a charity shop isn’t a dumping ground for unwanted items, so if your old furniture is battered and clearly unusable then it’s not going to be accepted regardless of the fact that you’re donating it.
If you want to guarantee that your furniture is going to the right home do some research to see if there are any homeless shelters in the local area.
3. SELL IT!
Remember, there’s always going to be someone in the market for furniture regardless of whether it’s first, second or third hand.
Yes, the condition of your old furniture isn’t going to be as good as it was when you first bought it, but it’s still going to have a resell value unless you’ve really mistreated your furniture and it’s on the verge of falling apart.
Young homeowners and renters are more than likely to try and cut their expenses by investing in second hand furniture, as do students.
If you’re looking to guarantee a great return on your investment then you should consider refurbishing the furniture items that you’re willing to get rid of. Strip your sofas and chairs and apply new materials, fix your flat cushions and replace the knobs and you will have a much better chance of selling your furniture for good price.
I'm gonna start a business where I look for furniture that no one wants, refurbish them, and sell them for big bucks.— Elisha Keawe (@your_graceee) 15 September 2015
4. RENT SOME STORAGE SPACE
Perhaps not the cheapest solution but if you’re not ready to part with your possessions just yet then renting some storage space may be your only alternative, especially if your new home is a stepping stone to something bigger in the future. If you’re looking to extend your new home with either a conservatory or an outdoor living space, then you can reuse your old furniture at some point in the future when there’s space available.
You can keep your belongings in storage for as long as you please, however overtime you’re going to realise what a costly investment it is so it’s not ideal to keep your possessions in storage for years on end when you have no idea when you’ll be able to use them next.
Review different storage providers online to be certain that you’re leaving your furniture in the right hands and discover which provider is offering the best deal. If you’re lucky enough to know someone with their very own storage space then enquire with them about whether they have the space to accommodate your old furniture. This would be an ideal money saving solution.