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What are some guidelines for pricing used furniture?

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To price used furniture, consider the current quality of the furniture compared to how well it is made. Furniture that was inexpensive when purchased or that is made of average quality materials isn’t priced as highly as a solid hardwood piece of furniture that features sturdy construction.

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Typically, used furniture that was originally assembled by buyer sells for less money. Often this furniture was originally less expensive, the materials aren’t as solid or valuable, and it might not be put together properly. To determine its quality, look at the furniture up close to see its coloring and texture, looking for chips or cracks and fading wood. Furniture that is comfortable, practical and in good condition without needing much works typically sells for the most money.

Consider lowering the price for furniture items that are large, bulky and heavy. These items are difficult to transport and get into the new owner’s home, pricing it a little lower can entice buyers who might otherwise pass on it. Smaller pieces of furniture are easier to sell. As long as they have are in good condition, they can often go for a decent price.

Look into the styles of furniture that are selling well. For example, as of 2015, retro and mid-century modern furniture is in demand, which means its price can be higher.

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