If you have moved into your first home or apartment, you may be in the market for a couch, coffee table, and other furnishings. The good news is that you can find many of these products at an affordable price at estate sales. What should you know about buying furniture at an estate sale to ensure that you have a positive buying experience?
Don’t Be Afraid to Test Out the Goods
In many cases, you will be able to take a closer look at a headboard or sit on a couch before you buy it, which allows you to find out ahead of time whether that couch is properly constructed or comfortable for use on a regular basis. You may also want to look for signs of smoke damage or pet hair to ensure that you aren’t bringing home a potential allergy hazard.
Be Ready to Haul Away the Furniture Yourself
If you do buy a piece of furniture at an estate sale, be willing to haul it away yourself. While you may be able to keep it on site for a few hours until you can come back with a moving truck or a larger vehicle, don’t expect delivery to be included in the final purchase price. Therefore, it may be a good idea to bring an extra person or two to help you get that couch or TV stand home.
Look for Entire Sets
While there is nothing wrong with buying a leather couch and a microfiber recliner to go with it, furniture often looks better when it matches. Therefore, look for an entire living room set or an entire dining room set to put in your new home. In addition to looking better in a given space, it may be easier to resell that furniture in the future if you no longer want or need those pieces.
If you are a college student looking to furnish a dorm or apartment, an estate sale can help you get quality items at a reduced price. Those who are looking to furnish their first home can use estate sales to potentially find glassware or entire formal dining room sets for a fraction of their original cost. We look forward to seeing you at our next Virginia estate sale before you pay full retail at a home store!
Prestige Estate Services
3126 W. Cary Street, #112
Richmond, VA 23221-3504