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Everyone loves a good bargain, especially when it comes to online shopping. Check out websites like eBay, Gumtree, Preloved or Freegle and you will find a huge variety of cheap pieces looking for a new home. Whether you are after living room sofas, tables, decor, office chairs, or even white goods like ovens and fridges, finding the right piece with the right buyer could save you a huge amount of money. This can be a great option for when you have a limited budget, or if you just fancy yourself as a true bargain hunter!

However, looking for deals blindly is an easy way to get ripped off. We all know the old chestnut of getting what you pay for, and this definitely applies here.

First, you will want to make sure that the furniture you are buying is of good enough quality. You should never trust a seller who uses a picture from a website or catalogue; instead, you will want an accurate photo of the piece as it is now.

You will also want to make sure that the seller is reputable. It will be a good idea to look through reviews from their previous customers to see if they can be relied on, or if they are a dodgy dealer.

Most importantly, you will want to consider how you will have your new furniture delivered. This will require knowing its size, as well as its weight. Many buyers sadly fail to consider transport and often end up spending far more than they meant to.  This can be particularly costly when the seller is based far away, or if a customer needs the item quickly.

You will want to consider your options carefully, so that you can find a reliable second-hand furniture delivery service that won’t break the bank. Here are some of our favourite ideas on how to get the best deal!

Buy face to face

This is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Visiting the seller in person will give you a chance to inspect the quality of what you are buying, while also avoiding having to pay for postage.

However, there will still be a few potential drawbacks to consider. First, if you will have to travel a long way it could be more economical to find a postage or courier service. Having to fork out for petrol will be like robbing Peter to pay Paul!

Second, only ever take as much cash as you need. Remember, this is a stranger you are meeting – you do not want to risk making yourself a target!

Finally, try not to go alone if you can help it. It will be better to have someone with you, firstly to help carry the furniture and secondly to ensure your safety.

Ask about the parts

Depending on the furniture you are buying, it may be that it can be taken apart into smaller, more manageable pieces. This will often be the case with flat-pack furniture or simple-assembly pieces.

However, while this can make items more convenient to ship, it can also cause problems if not all parts are present. A few bolts might be missing, or the owner may even have misplaced the instructions!

Be sure to ask if all of the pieces are still packaged with your items before making a purchase, and get written confirmation of this, ideally via email. It may be that the object needs to be shipped as-is, but you should definitely know that you are getting your money’s worth.

Booking a furniture courier service

As convenient as it may sound to simply have your items shipped via post, this can sadly be both dangerous and extortionate. Remember, the reason you are shopping second hand is to save money, so don’t just assume that the Post Office or FedEx will be able to offer the best price possible!

There are a number of reliable removal companies which offer furniture courier services. Most are familiar with online shops like eBay, Preloved and even Facebook. Once you have confirmed your purchase, you can arrange with the seller to have the item picked up and delivered by a courier of your choice.

However, it is worth pointing out that convenience is not the only advantage on offer here. For one, couriers like Anyvan will also offer basic insurance for your items for the journey itself. They may even be happy to provide secure packaging materials to help keep your furniture safe. Another advantage of hiring a courier is that they will even be able to help with speciality items such as delicate antiques, or even heavy pianos. Couriers like Anyvan can even provide instant quotes for large item delivery

When booking a courier service, it will be important to let them know the exact size and weight of your new furniture. This will allow the courier to provide an adequately sized vehicle to get the item to you, along with enough manpower to carry it without any trouble.

It can even be a good idea to have a decent courier in mind before you go shopping for second-hand furniture. If the seller is experienced, they may even be able to recommend someone on your behalf. Remember, you will want to check reviews from previous customers to make sure that you are hiring someone reliable!

Know your budget

This is always true regardless of where you are looking for bargains: You should always, ALWAYS have a clear idea of exactly how much you are willing to spend!

Part of this will mean knowing exactly what you need or want to buy, not only in terms of purpose but also in size and style. It will be good to keep an open mind, just in case you run into any surprises, but with a clear game plan, you should stand a much better chance of avoiding wandering eye syndrome. Remember, you can always come back to the same shop later!

The same will also be true for delivery costs. You should know what to expect before you actually buy your furniture, or your final bill could end up much higher than you had planned it to be.

You can book one of our furniture couriers from as a little as £26.

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