Moving house is a chance to start afresh and change everything you didn’t like before. You can leave all the frustrating things from your past behind and create a happier new life for yourself. What about the things you did like? Your close friends, your favorite hangouts in town, your belongings? Sure enough, you cant bring your friends and your preferred hang-outs with you. But you can take your old belongings to your new home. Even if you wish for a brand new life, it might turn out that selling everything and buying new things after the relocation will be too expensive or too time-consuming for you to afford. Vice versa, even if you want to keep your old furniture, it might not fit into your new home or might be too expensive to relocate.
So, to make the right decision, we have provided these 8 tips to help you decide whether to move furniture or buy new when moving to help you weigh the pros and cons of moving each individual piece of furniture.
Should I take my furniture or buy new furniture?
If you have comfortable furniture that perfectly suits your needs and preferences, you will most certainly want to keep it and take it with you to your new place. So, to make your final decision, you need to ask the following questions:
- Is your old furniture comfortable and functional?
- Is it high quality and durable?
- Is it in good condition?
- Will it fit your new home’s layout?
The sentimental value of a piece might be the primary factor in your decision whether to take it with you or not. You probably won’t want to part with a valuable family heirloom or an item that reminds you of an important moment in your life, no matter how challenging or costly it might be to move the piece. So the questions you need to ask are:
- Is it a family heirloom?
- Does it trigger happy memories from or remind you of someone or something special?
- Is it one of your favorite pieces?
- Is it a beautiful and stylish piece you want to keep?
The value of your old furniture
While relocating furniture is expensive, buying brand new furniture is even more so, especially when it comes to high-quality pieces. The financial worth of your old furniture should be kept in mind when considering your options:
- Is your furniture piece expensive?
- Did a famous manufacturer make it?
- Is it an exquisite piece of art?
- Is it an antique or collector’s items?
- Is it made of high-quality materials and crafted with skill and care?
The risk of damage
If the risk of damaging your furniture during the move is too high, it might be better not to move it at all, even if it has practical, sentimental, or monetary value, after all, a broken piece of furniture is of no good to anyone. So, if a piece of furniture is impossible to disassemble and is too large, heavy, awkward, or too delicate to survive the relocation safely, you might want to leave it behind.
The cost of moving furniture
It will be the price of moving your old pieces of furniture that will determine your final decision. Once again, it depends on several factors:
If you are moving locally, it will probably be better to keep your existing furniture. Local moves are less expensive than long distance moves, so moving your old furniture to your new home will be cheaper than buying new furniture. If you are moving across the country, the final moving cost will depend on the weight of your shipment. So, the heavier a piece of furniture is the more it will cost to ship. Therefore, it might be financially wiser to leave your old pieces of furniture behind and buy new furniture after the move. To be sure, you need to do a little research. Start by getting a few moving estimates to determine precisely how much it would cost you to relocate your things. Browse through the Internet to get an idea of the cost of new pieces of furniture. Do not forget to add in the delivery fee when calculating the cost of replacing your old furniture.
–The difficulty of the task:
The more challenging to move a piece of furniture is, the more expensive it will be to move. A delicate or strangely shaped piece will need careful handling, higher quality packing materials and, might even require custom packing services, such as crating services. All these things will mean extra fees.
A large, heavy piece of furniture will have to be disassembled for the relocation. Unless you can do this yourself, you will have to pay the professionals to do it for you. A piece of furniture that does not fit through the door might have to be taken out through a window with the help of specialized and expensive rigging and hoisting equipment.
–The value of the furniture:
It is only reasonable that relocating a valuable old piece of furniture will be a lot cheaper than buying a new one that is of similar quality. The longer it takes to prepare a piece of furniture for shipment, the more specialized services its move requires, and the more packing materials are necessary for ensuring its safety, the higher the price of the move will be.
Now that you have read the 8 tips to help you decide whether to move furniture or buy new when moving, you should be more prepared to organize your move. If you are looking for a professional moving company, then Long Distance Moving Experts is here to help you move to your new home. We can help you to move to and from anywhere in the country. Contact one of our representatives to get a free moving quote and to organize your relocation.