If you're looking to sell your old or unused furniture
, you've got a few great options. You could sell online, post in a newspaper, or if you've got a lot of furniture to sell, an estate sale. Each option has its own list of pros and cons, and a lot of your decision will come down to volume, time constraints and how much time you're willing to spend on the whole ordeal.
Selling your furniture online is a great solution for anyone looking to sell a single piece of furniture. There are a lot of sites that will allow you to advertise for free nowadays, most of which have a great reputation for selling. To properly take advantage of these online sales, you'll need to photograph your furniture and price it accordingly. On the downside, posting online can be a difficult sell for many people who would prefer a slightly more hands-on approach. Also, figuring out how much to sell your item can be a hassle. Price too high and the item can sit for weeks or months. Too low and you won't get the income you deserve.
Selling furniture in the newspaper is a reasonable option as well. Multiple items can be posted, but as a general rule, there isn't much, if any, space for a picture. If adding a photograph is possible, the quality of the print won't likely showcase the furniture as well as an online ad. Another in the con list is that nearly all newspaper ads cost money to run and don't necessarily guarantee a sale. The length of time required for selling in this manner is similar to online ads and will depend largely on the price of your items.
Choosing a full-service content and estate sale company
is likely your best bet for selling a higher volume of items. The only con to this type of sale is that a percentage of your revenue will be used to pay for the highly-trained professional staff. This fee will be more expensive than running an ad in the paper, but the services provided more than make up for any price discrepancies. Rather than just placing an ad and hoping for the best, you'll have a team of people available to help you organize, sort, price and display the items you're looking to sell. A highly-reputable company will be able to not only bring in a large number of potential buyers, but also ensure that a mob of people won't destroy your home looking for a good deal. Anything that isn't sold can be hauled away by the best estate liquidators
, and your home can be cleaned from top to bottom should you require the service.
While online and newspaper ads may be helpful for selling a single item, clearly the best method for a larger volume of items is a professionally-held estate sale. From the time you contact the company and initiate your in-home consultation, you can rest assured that you are in good hands and that your items will be sold for a great price, in a timely and efficient manner.