When looking for used furniture on websites like Craigslist, you have to be patient, consistent, and thorough. It’s exciting to find a unique piece of furniture for your home, but it’s important to be mindful when you view items in person. Here are a few tips that will guide you as you search for and buy used furniture.
Carefully examine the furniture before you buy it.
Before buying used furniture from an online website such as Craigslist, make sure you examine every inch for any damages. The photos you see online, no matter how professional they appear, might not show holes, rips, or stains in the furniture. Is the material durable? Is it comfortable? Ask yourself these questions when you view furniture in person before buying.
Look for high-quality items in a cheap price range.
The great thing about searching for used furniture is that many sellers just want to get rid of their items to save space, so they’re willing to offer relatively low prices for high-quality pieces. In order to find a gem, you’ll have to consistently look on sites like Craigslist and be patient, as great deals don’t last long! Look out for items made with real wood as opposed to engineered wood, and keep an eye out for lightly used items, too.
Ask the seller if they had or have any pets.
Pet odors easily absorb into fabric-covered furniture such as couches, arm chairs, and futons. You may not immediately notice any odor, so be sure to ask the seller if they owned any pets whose natural odor may have absorbed into the furniture. Another reason to inquire about pets is to ensure no hair or fur has stuck to the couch you’re interested in, or that there are no bite marks on the legs of the arm chair you want to buy. Don’t be afraid to ask specific questions to ensure you’re not getting a beat piece of furniture!
Above all, always take your personal safety into account when you view used items. Never inquire about items that do not have photos, as the listing may be a scam. Additionally, make sure you tell a friend where you’re going when you go to look at furniture at a stranger’s house. Be cautious, safe, and have fun scoring a great find for your home!
Where do you like to buy used furniture? Share with us below!