Find An Agent

5 Tips for Selling Your Furniture Before a Move

Moving furniture can be a drag and hiring movers can be expensive. If you’re sick of your furniture, selling it can lighten your load and help fund your move. Read on to learn tips and tricks to get rid of your furniture while making a little bit of cash during your move.
Moving furniture can be a drag and hiring movers can be expensive. If you’re sick of your furniture, selling it can lighten your load and help fund your move. Read on to learn tips and tricks to get rid of your furniture while making a little bit of cash during your move.

Studies have shown that moving is one of the most stressful life events, no matter how many times you’ve done it. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, there’s packing, cleaning, and decluttering to be done. Some of your items, including your furniture, might not make the cut.

If you want to sell your furniture to offset the costs of moving into a new home, here are five tips to ensure you get rid of things fast and for as much money as possible.

1. Have a Garage Sale

Whether you have a garage or a yard, you can still have a tag sale. The great thing about these kinds of sales is that there’s no overhead and that your best items will sell quickly. You’ll have to deal with a few intense hagglers, but for relatively little time and energy, you can get rid of furniture and things you now longer want.

Even if your items are priced to move, you’re going to have to spruce them up a little bit. Dust off shelves, make sure all screws are tight and not stick out, and use wood-filler pens to cover up any knicks or small scratches.

2. Tell Your Friends and Colleagues

Chances are you’re friends are familiar with your furniture pieces and assume you’re taking it all with you when you move. Let friends and family know which pieces of furniture you’re looking to get rid of. You may notice their ears perking up or know somebody else who’d be interested in buying your couch.

Even just creating a flyer with images and posting it in the break room at work can get your items sold.

If you’ve been lugging around a gorgeous antique for years and it’s time to get rid of it, don’t be shy. Send an email with photos to close friends and neighbors.

3. Turn to Craigslist

While fewer people are using Craigslist now than they were years ago, it’s still a great place to buy furniture. The site is often filled with free furniture, cheap items, and the occasional unbelievable deal.

Craigslist is one of the last sites left to list items for sale at no cost. It’s a smart idea to list your furniture, large appliances, sports equipment, or hardware you’re getting rid of on the site. Cross-posting on Craigslist and another site allows you to broaden your reach and quietly take competing bids.

4. Social Media

As social media has become a way for people to buy clothes, shop for real estate, and sell furniture.

One tactic is to create a photo album and label it “Online Tag Sale.” This way, your connections can share images with their network or people they know who might be interested in your items for sale.

There are virtual social media “yard sale” or “tag sale” groups in every corner of the country. These groups are populated with sellers and buyers who are looking for a great deal they can’t find anywhere else. If you’re selling an item with sentimental value, you can be more selective with your buyer on social media.

5. Consider Consignment

While online consignment shops have been popping up all over the place, a brick-and-mortar consignment shop is one of the best ways to sell vintage or antique furniture. If you have items that fit in the niche of the shop you’re selling to, you’ll have an easy time making extra money.

The split you’ll have to share with the owner will vary from shop to shop. However, in urban areas and cities, this is a great way to have your furniture viewed by hundreds of potential buyers every day. Since consignment shops are picky, you’ll know whether or not your items are valuable by whether or not the shop is interested.

The only problem with consignment is that it can take time to sell your furniture, so bring it in well before you move if you want to fund your move with the sale.

Selling Your Furniture Is Just One Piece of the Puzzle

With everything that you need to worry about when buying or selling a home, it’s important to save money whenever possible. That’s why working with an experienced local Clever Partner Agent is so important for home buyers and sellers.

In qualifying states, working with a Partner Agents qualifies home buyers for a $1,000 rebate at closing and allows sellers to get a top-rated agent for a lower commission. These savings can help offset the costs of moving.

Contact Clever and we will pair you with an experienced local agent from right in your backyard.


Reuven Shechter

Reuven Shechter is the Outreach Coordinator at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents to help save on commission. He spreads the word about Clever, disseminating studies to journalists and developing relationships with media outlets. Reuven is passionate about investing in real estate and creating lasting success for families. His writing has been featured in Max Real Estate Exposure, Leverage Marketing, and more.

See all Reuven's Posts

Find Your Dream Home With A Top Agent And Save Thousands

Learn how you could save thousands when you buy a home with Clever!