Smart Buyers Guide: Furniture

Before purchasing furniture, be sure to take these steps to ensure that you will be satisfied with your purchase for years to come.

Check the condition of the furniture in-person

It is Close5's policy that the buyer fully inspects the item at the scheduled meet-up to ensure that they are getting the item they are expecting. Because all sales are final, be sure to check for stains, tears, cleanliness and odors. If you or someone in your household is allergic to pets, be sure to inspect for signs of pet hair.

Try out the furniture

Test out tables for sturdiness, open up drawers in cabinets, sit on sofas and chairs to measure your comfort. You want to make sure that the furniture is not damaged and is exactly what you're looking for. If there is slight damage, ask yourself if you have the time & resources to fix it yourself.


Take measurements of the furniture, as well as the location where you plan to place furniture to make sure it fits.

Arrange delivery with the seller

If you are using a third party to help deliver the item, always confirm the details and time with the seller prior to the delivery date.

Meeting up at the seller's house

Have the seller move larger pieces of furniture outside their home to the garage or driveway. That way, you stay safe by avoiding entering a stranger's home. Bonus: It will make transporting the piece to your vehicle much easier!



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