Moving is the worst.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time homeowner or a renter venturing into a new city, the moving process is arduous and expensive. You’re spending your time packing up all of your precious belongings, money on boxes, movers (if they’re in the budget), and furnishing your new home.
No one wants to live in an empty apartment, house, or condo; and furnishing can be both stressful and expensive. I can’t do anything about how stressful it is, but what I can do is tell you about websites and tools I used to minimize my the furnishing expenses.
Up until recently I lived with a couple roommates, it wasn’t until my significant other and I decided to move in together that I realized that all of the furniture in my previous home belonged to them. Pretty much everything besides my bed was owned by someone else in the house. When my SO and I moved out, we had some serious furnishing to do.
The first thing I did to find some budget furniture was check out some mobile apps. Here are a few options (besides eBay) for buying and selling furniture. I used these apps both to buy new stuff for my place, as well as sell old things that I didn’t really need anymore. There are 100’s of applications that help you buy and sell used goods, but I’m only going to list two options because the effectiveness of these apps depends highly on how many users they have.
Since OfferUp has launched, a bunch of companies has mimicked the model and come up with other platforms to get rid of or acquire new items. OfferUp, however, has the highest amount of users, and most reviews on the App Store- which lead me to believe it’s the fastest way to actually get someone to respond to you: it has the most people on there who take it seriously as a way to generate income or buy fancy new things.
OfferUp brings up all the items people are selling within a mile radius that you set. You can search by category so you’re only looking at things relevant to you, and can even bring your search radius down in miles so that you’re only looking at items from people within 5-10 miles of you. I’ve used OfferUp myself plenty of times and have never had a bad experience.
I don’t hear a lot of people talking about Facebook Marketplace, so let’s call this one the secret sauce. Facebook Marketplace is amazing because, well, Facebook has a gazillion users. The more users on the platform the more likely it is that your listing is going to be responded to quickly, and the better the reselling app is. I’m not Sherlock Holmes, but that deductive reasoning seems solid to me; therefore Facebook Marketplace is in fact, the bees knees.
Who doesn’t love cash back?
There are plenty of sites out there like Ebates that pool offers from thousands of retailers and put them all in one convenient dashboard. You can browse Ebates to find all the furniture stores that are offering cash back and do your shopping based on the best offer— you can do it all online, or go into a nearby retail outlet if you want to get a better grasp on the actual look and feel of what you’re buying.
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