Transitioning from a residence hall to an off-campus apartment can be daunting for any college student. Many students who move into unfurnished units will often rely on classified advertising websites for their furniture, but there are risks involved if you don’t know what to look for. Here are a few tips to ensure you make the best choices when sourcing furniture for your new home.
Know the brand
Research any product you are interested in before committing to the sale. Sometimes it is difficult to gauge the quality of a product based solely on the description and images provided by the seller. If the brand name is not listed, ask for it. This will allow you to look at online reviews and help you make a more informed decision when purchasing.
When searching through classified advertisements, look for images to provide a better understanding of a product’s condition. If images are not included in the original posting, request them. Multiple images provide more insight and allow you to better evaluate the furniture so you won’t be seeing it for the first time when you pick it up.
Prepare for pick-up/delivery
Another consideration to make when purchasing furniture online is how it will be transported to your home. Confirm these details with the seller before purchasing the product. In most cases, you will be responsible for picking up and delivering any products you purchase. If you are responsible, ensure your vehicle can support the size and quantity of your furnishings without causing damage. If the seller offers an option for delivery, confirm any costs associated with this service up front.
Ask if you can return it
Buying a substandard product is the primary risk associated with purchasing furniture from classified advertising websites. In most cases, there is a “no return” policy once a product is purchased. Before you commit, ensure the listing answers any questions or concerns you have and ask the seller specifically if they would allow you to return the product if there are any issues when you get it home.
Consider renting instead of buying
Another great option for furnishing your space without the hassle of shopping, moving and installation is furniture rental. CORT offers a great selection of furniture for every room to make your new space feel like home. The entire rental process can be done online, everything from selection and ordering to scheduling delivery and set-up.
If you plan to source your furniture from classified advertising websites, keep these tips in mind so you’ll be prepared! Doing your research ahead of time will help you to make the best decisions and ensure your furnishings last.