By Adnan Masood
Are you in need of a new couch? New couches are nice, but they will cost you an arm and a leg. If you are on a budget, you may consider turning to Craigslist.org. This classified website has lots of used couches for sale at very good prices, but what should you consider when buying?
Always see pictures first. A picture speaks a thousands words, especially when it comes to furniture. If a Craigslist seller has a great price on a couch and they didn’t post pictures, email them requesting those pictures. Save yourself a drive to look at a couch that is covered in cigarette burns and so forth.
Make sure the picture is of the couch and the couch alone. Some Craigslist sellers are crafty. They know their couch is crap, so they head on down to Bed Bath and Beyond and buy a $10 couch-cover on clearance. They cover the sofa and take a picture. You think “oh I will take that cover off when I get home,” but are shocked when you do. You are buying the couch for the couch, not for the cover.
Never buy a sofa that has been sitting outside for weeks. Craigslist sellers who do this aren’t crafty, but rather not thinking. These sellers don’t think to sell their old couch until a few weeks later. During that time, it sat outside possibly coming into contact with rain, wind, snow, sun, insects, rodents, and bird poop. Do you really want that in your living room? I would hope not.
Have a transport plan first. Never contact a seller and say “I will buy your couch, but I need a few days to figure out how to pick it up.” Never do this especially if they say couch must be gone in 24 hours. Cover this base first. If you don’t have a large van or truck, buddy up with a friend who does. Tell that friend, “I want to buy a couch in the next couple of days, will you help me?” There you go, you now have a plan.
Always keep bedbugs in mind. Due to the name, we often make the mistake of assuming bedbugs are only found in our beds. They aren’t. They also live in sofas and other types of fabric furniture. Did you know that Colorado State cancelled their Great Sofa Roundup in 2009 due to bedbug fears? They did. Bedbugs are tricky because they are easy to spread, meaning they may appear in an otherwise clean home. However, always use your best judgment. If you have to walk around piles of garbage to see the sofa, kindly say “no, that wasn’t what I was looking for.”
Now what you know what to look for when buying a sofa from Craigslist? Are you ready to shop? Visit Craigslist.org or download a Craigslist search tool to search multiple locations at once and do more.
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