Is It Cheaper to Move Your Furniture or To Buy New?

What you take and what you leave behind can drastically change your moving budget. Deciding to buy new furniture at your new location can be a more economical solution in some cases. But there are a few questions you should ask yourself to make sure you are making the right decision.

There are so many decisions to be made when planning a long-distance move.

Should you hire a professional moving company or get a moving container?

Should you move during the summer or during the winter?

Should you ship all of your furniture, just some, or buy all new?

This article will help you answer the last question.

Just so you know, the answer is not all-encompassing.

The characteristics of the move, the furniture itself, and your personal preferences will be the definitive factors of whether you should move your furniture or buy new.

Read along for need to know info that’ll help you make the best decision for YOU.

Is it Practical to Move Your Furniture?

If your furniture has seen its best days, then it may not be worth the cost to move. Older furniture is more likely to get damaged during the move. You may end up having to buy new furniture quickly to replace broken items while leaving the trashed pieces (that you just paid to have moved) at the curb of your new home.

And how will your old furniture fit in your new home? Make sure that you have a good idea of room layouts and where your old pieces will go. Take measurements and think through how you will arrange old pieces in the new space.

Also, keep interior design in mind. Will your old furniture match up with your new living space? Your old recliner may end up looking out of place in a contemporary new living room.


Does Your Furniture Have Personal Value?

Sometimes a piece of furniture can have sentimental value. Perhaps an armchair was passed down through your family for generations. A bookcase from your college years may still evoke fond memories of your past. It’s okay to be soft-hearted for personal belongings. Emotional value can outweigh the practicality of moving costs.

However, all pieces of furniture in your home aren’t family heirlooms. Take a hard look at each piece of furniture you possess and evaluate whether or not each piece really matters that much to you. Most likely, you will view most of your furniture from a practical perspective, with only one or two pieces having any real sentimental significance.

Conflicts can arise. Sometimes a sentimental piece is just too expensive to move or simply will not fit in your new space. In those instances, you may want to reach out to family or friends to see if they can “adopt” the sentimental piece. This way you always have the peace of mind to know where that emotionally valuable piece of furniture resides, even if not in your new home.


What’s the Dollar Value of Your Furniture?

If you have high quality, expensive furniture that will last you a long time, then it’s worth moving it. But keep in mind that pricey furniture has to be appreciated. If you are holding onto a designer couch just because it cost you a fortune back in the day, then you probably won’t love it any better in your new home.

Think about what will make you happy in your new space and compare that to what you can afford. Weighing the cost of the move with what you truly want in your new house is the only way to a positive outcome.

How to Make an Old Furniture vs New Furniture Estimate

Assuming the furniture has no personal value, get the following numbers to make the best estimation of whether or not old vs new furniture will make a difference in your moving cost.

  1. Create a shopping list of new furniture. This will give you a price range if you were to buy new. Also, with new furniture be sure to include additional costs such as delivery and assembly to get the most accurate bottom line number.
  2. Look at the space of your new house and decide how much of the old furniture fits in. Some pieces will. Some pieces may not. This pre-move preview will give you a better idea of how much furniture you need to move and how much you need to buy.
  3. If working with a professional mover, ask for two estimates. A mover can give you one estimate with all of your old furniture included and one without the furniture. You can then more easily compare the cost of moving your old furniture to the cost of brand new furniture. Keep in mind moving companies have a minimum weight price, so reducing the load may not make a difference. In that case, it will make more sense financially to move your old furniture than to buy new.
  4. If moving yourself, look at estimates for two different size moving trucks. Again, compare those numbers with the cost of new furniture and see if it’s worth it. Take into account your own (and others) physical labor required to move the old furniture. Sweat-equity matters.

Moving Old Furniture vs Buying New Furniture: Other Considerations

Although at first, moving quotes may seem high, moving your furniture to your new home will likely be your best bet. Purchasing an entire home’s worth of furniture will be very expensive. Not to mention, delivery for furniture is usually quite high.

What else should you have in mind when making your decision?

Is your move local or long-distance?

We should say that if you’re having a local move or a short-distance move, you’ll save money by moving your furniture instead of buying new.

If your move is cross-country, this is where you should be considering the alternative.

Will You Require Storage?

Storing in an of itself isn’t very expensive but think about how you will be transporting your items to and from the storage unit. You may be able to avoid storing large furniture pieces by downsizing and buying new furniture.

That being said, you should really understand the ins and outs of storage before making a decision based on it for your move. You may end up choosing the most storage-friendly moving option- Hiring a moving container company.

However, this is all relative to each person’s situation. Because of this, get a moving estimate and contact the most reputable moving companies. This will assure you that you have all of the information for you to make the move that’s best for YOU.

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