Furniture can be surprisingly personal. Much like clothing or accessories, it’s a reflection of you and your tastes. So when you relocate and have to think about moving an entire houseful of furniture, you have an important decision to make: Should you move your furniture or buy new?
Well, there is no easy answer. However, you should consider a few key factors as you make your decision. Ask yourself the following questions.
Should You Keep Your Current Furniture?
When considering whether to move your furniture, take the time to create a floor plan before you move. Look at your new home and decide where each piece will go. Consider the home’s layout as well as the size of your existing items. In addition, think about overall style. Will your furniture complement your home? Will it function well there?
Don’t forget to measure doorways, furniture pieces, and individual rooms as you make your decision.
Is Your Furniture Worth Moving?
Evaluate each piece of furniture. Take your personal feelings into consideration as you ask yourself these questions:
- Is it modern?
- Is it valuable?
- Is it an heirloom?
- Does it have sentimental value?
- Will it maintain its value and style over time?
- And most importantly, do I love it?
If you can honestly answer yes to any of these questions, you should think about keeping it.
What is the more cost-effective choice?
Sometimes you can’t measure the value of your beloved furniture items. If specific pieces hold a place in your heart — or if you just like them — you should consider taking them with you.
However, if the price tag is your determining factor, you must weigh your options. Generally, if you’re moving locally, it’s smarter to take your furniture with you. Exceptions are items that are particularly heavy, large, or fragile. These may require hiring specialized movers, and you can expect to pay more for that.
Just remember, if you have a piece that’s of great value, it’s almost always more expensive to replace it than move it.
What to Do If You Don't Move Your Furniture
First, contact your moving company and get a detailed estimate. Discuss any unusual items you own.
If you decide to leave some or all of your furniture behind, first try to sell it. You can use community Facebook pages, Craigslist, word of mouth, or local consignment shops. The money can go toward purchasing new furniture.
Start shopping before you move. Nail down your sources for new furniture. If you’re considering boxed items, it may be smart to buy them ahead of time and have the movers transport everything at once.
If you’re like most people, you’ll probably end up with a mix of old and new furniture. Moving is a great opportunity to update your style and dispose of pieces you don’t need. In the end, it all comes down to determining what you can afford, keeping pieces you love, and buying new items that work beautifully in your new home.
Professional movers like Ameritex Houston can assist you in any kind of move — large or small. We specialize in providing stress-free moving days to our customers. Call 713.484.6683 to speak with our friendly customer service staff and schedule your move.