A Furniture Bill of Sale Form accompanies sold household goods, serving as confirmation that the items were exchanged after payment was rightly made by the buyer. Whether it’s a yard/garage sale, to someone selling their handcrafted furniture, the form can be used for used and new furniture alike. Up to three (3) individual items can be listed on the form, providing space for writing the manufacturer, type, color, serial number (#), and cost ($) of each furniture piece.
By selling unused furniture, one can de-clutter while getting a nice cash boost on top. Setting up listings on the online platform(s) of your choice lets the majority of the process happen from the comfort of your home. Don’t go into the process without a game plan, however. As no one wants to stare at a listing that hasn’t moved for months. The following tips can go a long way in improving the price and speed in which one’s furniture sells:
Cheaper furniture that isn’t in great condition should be donated, given away, or thrown out. 9 times out of 10, the time spent preparing, listing, and shipping/selling the item will cost more than the piece is even worth. Just because the owner sees value in the furniture, doesn’t mean others will. And if they truly love it, it should be kept in storage. This is oftentimes the hardest part about getting rid of furniture, but taking the time to sift through what’s worth selling makes the process that more rewarding.
The remaining furniture from those sorted in step 1 should be dusted, cleaned, washed, etc. Items like rugs and cloth items may require specialty cleaning. Don’t sell anything you wouldn’t be happy to purchase yourself.
The better the quality of the photos taken, the faster a sale will occur. This, along with the prices set for the items, is the most important factor. The items should be placed in a neutral lighting, with a clear background. Any faults, scuffs, tears, and other imperfections should be taken in close-up. Trying to hide them will only come back to bite the seller, as many platforms permit buyers to review the seller once the item is received. Even a few bad reviews can dry-up the interest of prospective buyers (and rightfully so).
For large items, shipping them online is rarely worth the hassle and the increased cost of shipping the item itself. They should be listed at a site that offers in-person pick up only.
For in-person selling (not shipping):
For shipping the goods after they’re sold:
To set a worthy price, look up the exact (or closely similar) pieces of furniture you are selling online. Look for items that have significant activity (such as bids). If you’re worried about losing money, set the price on the higher end. Be forewarned, however, that the higher the price the longer it will take to sell.
The selling process will vary considerably depending on the platform used above. Assuming the seller has found a reasonable buyer, they will either pay online or in-person. Platforms that involve shipping will keep a record of all sales that take place through the platform, reducing the need for completing a bill of sale. However, with sites such as Craigslist, completing a bill of sale is very necessary. The seller should complete the form, as they have a deeper understanding of the furniture. They will need to know the name of the buyer, the date of the sale, the type, brand, color, serial number, and cost ($) of the furniture, and the total amount being paid by the buyer (and the payment method). Once completed, both the seller and buyer will need to sign, print, and date the document. Give the original bill of sale to the buyer (a copy can be kept by the seller, if desired).