After renovating a room, or a home or even moving into a new home, you are next faced with furnishing that room, or home (unless you have purchased a fully furnished property), and this can be an extremely expensive experience, coming just after you have already gone through an extremely expensive experience. So it is no wonder that home furniture sales are so popular and so frequent and also second hand furniture forums, websites and blog for example are so active. I am not sure if you have noticed, like I have, the large number of Facebook groups that have been and are still consistently being created to accommodate the vast amount of furniture that is sold online, and especially second hand. With furniture though, you need to be careful when spending your money on discounted or second hand furniture, as it can so often end up costing you more; buying something that breaks or wears and looks terrible after a short amount of time, meaning you then have to go out and buy the same items again.
So, is it a wise thing to be doing – buying second hand furniture? Well as with nearly all things in life, you will come across good options and bad ones, so you just need to know what to look out for, and ensure you take your time to look out for those things so as to avoid buying someone else’s polished rubbish. Actually there are certain furniture items that I would say are safe to buy second hand, and then other certain furniture items that I would recommend to always buy as brand new, never to entertain the thought of buying second hand – no matter how well the seller sells it to you. For example, if buying dining room tables, dining chairs, study desks, bookshelves, TV Cabinets and things similar to these, I would expect you to be able to get a good deal from a second hand site, store or forum. However, if you are in the market looking for a new mattress, living room sofa, washing machine, or fridge, then I would recommend going for brand new items.
The brand new washing machine and fridge will come with a warranty to cover you for many years to come, and these two items tend to be the ones that people are most commonly tricked with by the seller. There are many working parts to both these units and they can be fixed up to work for a short amount of time, so as to pass any inspection by the unknowing buyer, only to break soon after fitting into their home.