Most people start the moving process by tidying up. They look in closets, garages, children’s rooms, and other areas of the house for items to throw away or donate. Because the more items you have to move, the more expensive it is to move and the more items you need to pack and unpack.
But people often neglect their furniture, and the heaviest and most expensive parts need to be moved. Sometimes there are good reasons to bring your furniture to a new home regardless of cost, but sometimes it’s better to sell or donate before moving, and buy replacements when you move.
Determining whether it’s worth moving your furniture isn’t always easy. These questions can help you decide.
Is it durable and practical?
Quality furniture is almost always something to keep, especially when it’s as functional as a table or bed. These are works that can be passed on to the next generation. Before you get rid of one, consider how much it will cost to replace it with something of similar quality and durability. In most cases, it makes more sense to pay for the move.
Is it easy to move?
Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to move some parts. For example, that solid wood table that takes three people to lift might not be worth taking to your next home. The same goes for the gaming scene in your backyard. If you have to take it apart, keep track of all the parts and reassemble it in the next house. Maybe it would be better if you bought your kid a new one. You probably won’t regret getting rid of any furniture that is large, heavy, awkwardly shaped, or difficult to remove and put back together.
Does it have sentimental value?
Whether it’s the cedar cabinet your grandmother once owned or the dining table your kids grew up on, some items have sentimental value. hold her tight! They can’t be replaced, and if you get rid of them to save on moving costs, you may regret it later. But what should you do if you have a sentimental piece that doesn’t fit in your new home, or if you don’t think it will survive the move? Consider giving it to a relative or having them keep it for you until you retire.
Is it suitable for a new home?
If you don’t move into the same floor model, your new home will have a different layout. As a result, your furniture won’t fit in the new house as well as it did in the old one. Some parts may not fit at all. For example, if you know you won’t have room for a pool table in your new apartment, sell it before you leave so you don’t have to pay for the move. Or leave it to the new owner.
Style is another consideration. Maybe you don’t want to decorate your new waterfront home with the rustic style you have now. Sell the useless ones and buy new ones later.
How old is it?
Well-made antiques are one thing, but a 15-year-old sofa or rickety chair might not be worth moving. Old parts are more prone to damage during relocation and you may need to purchase new parts to replace them as soon as you move in. But even if it arrives in good condition, why pay to move a part that you’re going to have to replace in a few years? Sell it now.
What is your character?
There are pros and cons to selling your furniture before you move, but usually, the decision comes down to how much you enjoy decorating your home and buying furniture. If you love decorating your home, selling your furniture is an opportunity to start from scratch (depending on how much you sell). If you don’t, starting from scratch can be stressful. If you like buying furniture, selling your furniture will give you an excuse. If you don’t, it’s probably not a good idea to sell before you move, no matter how old or ugly your furniture is.
Even if you enjoy decorating and shopping, keep your schedule in mind. Do you have time to buy new furniture? If you’re starting a new job, it might be worth paying the extra money to move your bed. You can always replace it when you settle down and have more time.
How much will it cost?
If you’re on a tight budget, you may not be able to afford to move everything you want. You may love your piano and even have a place for it in your new home, but you don’t have the money in your budget to move it. (Shipping a piano long distances can cost more than $1,000.) In that case, you should probably sell it.
For an overview of how much it costs to move and how to save money, visit our site. Our moving cost calculator will give you a rough estimate of how much to budget. When interviewing companies, ask about items like your piano, and keep in mind that heavier and harder-to-ship items will cost more. In the end, the decision to sell your furniture comes down to whether you can afford to move it.
Can you afford to replace it?
Before you sell your furniture, consider how much it will cost to replace it. You might be able to live comfortably without this piano, but you don’t want to be without a bed for too long. Find out how much it costs to ship the item you’re selling, then buy a replacement online, including shipping if you plan to have it delivered. Which option makes more sense?
The last thing you want to do is sell all your furniture and find out that you can only afford to replace it later.
When you’re ready to move
Whether you decide to bring all your furniture or just certain pieces, hiring a professional can take the stress out of your move. To find a competent mover near you, check out Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers – all licensed and insured. On moving day, you can rest assured that your furniture will be well taken care of.