5 Tips for Selling Your Furniture Online!

As time goes on, we all experience a variety of interior design phases and find ourselves needing more out of the furniture and setting we have. Whether you’re moving into a new place or just redecorating your current home, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is having to sell your furniture. Here’s a list of 5 tips that will ensure that this is a smooth process for you. We don’t want you to miss out on the great opportunity to make money while decluttering your home!

  1. Price Your Pieces Fairly:

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve seen something that’s way overpriced and decided not to trust that particular seller going forward? Well, that applies to preloved furniture as well. When deciding on a price keep in mind the original price and the years you’ve used the piece for. For instance, a dresser that’s been in your family for 10 years won’t be worth even half its original price because of the wear and tear. While those lounge chairs you bought last season and barely used could go for more than half their original price. 

This might not be what you want to hear but with selling used furniture it’s always encouraged that you price as low as they are comfortable with. A lower price will speed up the sale if you’re looking to move inventory quickly. You can also check online to compare prices with similar products (in terms of age and usage) put up by other sellers.

  1. Find the Right Website/App:

You can always place an ad in your local paper, but given the advancements in technology that have been made in recent years it’s also smart to post about it online, too. There’s certainly no shortage of options out there, so how to know which is best for you? By simply poking around these sites you’ll be able to get a feel for the kinds of products that shoppers go to them for, which should help you narrow down to one or two you’d like to try. You can even start with a few pieces on each site before committing to one fully.

Pro Tip: When you’re trying websites and apps, also look into creating an instagram page or posting in a facebook group dedicated to dealing with used furniture. Somewhere, somebody wants your gently used, well-priced sofa that just doesn’t fit in your new place (and probably more people than you think).

  1. Take Great Pictures Of Your Furniture

Since you are selling the furniture as an individual, you need to create an attractive ad that describes your furniture and creates a little excitement around it – This is where a little effort with the photography will go a long way. Use natural lighting, take closeups and get all angles.

However, not only do these pictures need to look good, they also need to be clear and honest. If you’re not afraid to show potential customers that your furniture has minor scratches or tears, they’ll trust that you’re providing valid proof of what the piece looks like. They’ll also be happier with what they take home if they can clearly see what they’re buying upfront. With online selling, you have to remember that the buyer is not going to touch or see the piece in person, so your photos have to do that job. We also recommend adding videos whenever the platform you’re using allows for it.

  1. Write an Attractive Ad

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but how you describe your furniture is what’s going to bring in potential buyers. Think of all the things that are important to you when you’re buying furniture: color, dimensions, brand, style, materials, etc. All those things are also key drivers for buyers of used furniture. If there’s still a link to the product live online, by all means add it along with the product photo. This will clarify any discrepancies in color and style that your (not professional) photos don’t convey.

Pro tip: Make sure you include all important details within the ad itself to reduce the number of questions that shoppers ask you.

  1. Repair & Restore

Put yourself in the shopper’s shoes: Would you buy that pillow (chair, rug, etc.) in its current condition? Now’s the time to do light mending, if and where necessary. For instance, after years of being pushed and pulled to and from the dinner table, chairs can suffer from their wooden joints coming loose. 

Seams coming loose on a pillow you’d like to sell? Ask your tailor to stitch it up. Stain on the rug? Treat it. Old lamp that doesn’t work? Have it re-wired so you can say, “It works!” Refinish a wood table so it looks like new. Give that rickety chair a fresh coat of high-gloss paint. You get the idea. This extra effort is likely to result in better photos, higher value and satisfied customers!

Keep an eye on this space for more tips, tricks and solid advice. 

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