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To Sell It Or Move It:

THAT is the Question! (Sorry a little Shakespearean humor there!)

Should furniture be kept or sold when a move is inevitable?  That depends on a lot of things.

First and foremost is the condition of the furniture.  Is it solid enough to withstand a move?  Unless it is well constructed, older furniture should probably be sold rather than moved.

If the furniture is just that—furniture, and has no sentimental value, then selling may be the way to go.  The money made from the sale may offset moving expenses, or just may provide you with a little extra money.

However, if it would be more expensive to replace existing furniture, and it is not likely that the money from the sale would cover the cost of buying new furniture, then it may be a good idea to keep what you have. 

Make sure you have enough time to conduct a proper sale.  Allow time for advertising in local papers, especially those publications that are provided to the public free of charge.  Take advantage of any colleges or universities that may be near your soon-to-be-former residence, and make sure word gets circulated that you have furniture for sale.

Your furniture may not sell all at once.  It may take a number of times before all of it is sold.  Even then, there may still be some leftover pieces that you will either have to carry with you or donate to a charity.

When you arrive at your new location, shop wisely for the pieces you need to furnish your new home.  You will defeat your purpose if you spend far more than you took in from the sale of your old stuff. 

Don’t be afraid of change.  The same style of furniture that was in your old home may not suit your new place.  If that’s the case, then try something different.