If you’re renting for the first time and your apartment is unfurnished, you may be wondering how on earth you’re going to be able to furnish the entire place on your own. As a student it’s especially difficult because you’re working with a smaller budget. However, you do have options. That’s why we’ve come up with some ideas to help you you aren’t breaking the bank when it comes to furniture shopping.
Ask the previous tenants. If you get a chance, ask the previous tenants if they would be willing to leave some of their furniture for you. It’s certainly worth a shot to ask them about specific pieces you would want and offer them an amount you would be willing to pay for each item.
Ask you friends and family. It’s always worth it to ask your friends and family if they have extra furniture that they would be willing to sell to you.
Check online. At JumpOffCampus, we offer a “Classifieds” section that will help you find furniture. Just check your area and see what people have posted. To check out this section of our site, go to http://www.jumpoffcampus.com/marketplace_listings .
You can also rent furniture online. Currently we are now offering a deal on our resources page for our New York metro users to rent furniture from Cort Furniture for 10% off. To check out this deal, just check out our website!
Check local yard sale listings and flea markets in your area. You never know what you’ll find when you visit a yard sale or a flea market, but you may just find the piece of furniture you’re looking for at a significantly cheaper price.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Don’t pick things up off the street. Although it may seem like a great deal, you may end up with more than you bargain for. Let’s just say that you get what you pay for, and at Free.99 you’re getting just that. In most cases, it will probably be broken, damaged, or it will be carrying some unwanted guests (i.e. roaches, mice, bed bugs, etc.).
Any pest is a definite concern when you’re picking up used furniture, especially free furniture you find on the side of the road. Our advice is to just leave that freebie alone. In the end, it will potentially save you more money . . . and a huge headache. Especially with bed bugs, they are extremely difficult to get rid of once you have them, and they can come from the cleanest of environments. If you don’t believe it can happen, just check out this article from Suncoast News.
Inspect ALL used furniture for insects and pests BEFORE you bring it into your home. As we’ve mentioned previously here and in our post about bed bugs, you need to be especially careful that you aren’t bringing any unwanted guests into your home. Be sure to use proper inspection procedures to make sure you’re safe.
Inspect ALL furniture for broken or damaged parts BEFORE you pay for it. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but you don’t want to pay for something you can’t use. You want to inspect anything before you purchase it to make sure that nothing is broken or appears poorly constructed. In an article we read by Laura Coffey at Today.com, she explains that you should be sure to inspect all the furniture IN PERSON before you purchase it. That way you can be sure you are getting what you are paying for.
Plan ahead for transportation. According to Coffey, you want to be sure to prepare to transport the piece before you purchase something. This includes moving it from where you bought it and moving it into your place. You may also want to consider how you’ll move it out when you leave. Measuring is a great way to do this and to ensure that you aren’t buying furniture you can’t even get into your apartment.