With any move, one of the most difficult decisions is what to do with your furniture. Furniture pieces are, often times, your most valuable possessions and also the most expensive and difficult items to move. The most important thing is to make sure you do what is best for you and your furniture. Depending on certain key factors, this could be a tough call or turn out to be a no-brainer. Take a look at our list to help you make the most informed decision possible on what to do with your furniture.
Think About Your Move
Before looking at anything else, take the time to think about the specifics of your move.
- Distance. A very important detail is the distance of your move. If you are planning to move long-distance, the cost of moving your furniture could quickly outpace the cost of replacing it. Most moving companies offer estimates, so make sure to call around and get a few quotes to see if the price makes sense to take your furniture with you.
- Style. We all hate to part with items that we have invested in, its natural. When it comes to furniture, think hard about where you are moving from and where you are moving to when deciding what to take. Does your old furniture fit your new space or will you spend the time, energy, and money to move it, only to have to buy new furniture anyways? Take a hard look at your new home and design the space you want for your new start.
- Assistance. Are you moving by yourself, or are you getting movers to help you get to your new home? Is your work helping with relocation fees? Especially if you are not an experienced mover, moving comes with risk of damage to your furniture or your previous property. If you are hiring professionals and have the budget to cover it, this could tip the scales towards moving more of your furniture with you.
Consider Your Furniture
Once you’ve considered the type of move you are executing, its also important to take a look at your furniture with a critical eye.
- Money. Financial value is a great place to start. Think about what you paid for your furniture and how much it costs to move and replace it. If the difference is significant, save yourself the hassle of taking it with you and start fresh with new furniture.
- Quality. No matter how much you like that mattress or side table, every piece of furniture has a lifespan. Look at the quality of your furniture and ask yourself if you need to get something new. This can be difficult, so consider asking help from trusted friends and family in making these decisions.
- Difficulty. Especially if you are moving yourself, take a look at the layout of your house and how difficult it will be to move your furniture. Moving is not only risky for your valuables, but also your body. Be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot physically. Don’t risk your health over a chest of drawers.
- Sentimental Value. Certain items might not be practical or as functional as you would like anymore, but before throwing them in the trash pile, make sure you assess your feelings about what you’re throwing away. If your new space doesn’t really have room for your sentimental pieces, explore other options such as giving it to a family member or close friend that will be able to store and use it better than your space will allow.