How to Make Some Extra Cash From your Unused Outdoor Furniture

With spring just around the corner, patio furniture is in hot demand as people plan to enjoy relaxing and dining al fresco in the warmer weather. Because of this, it's an ideal time to sell your used patio furniture.

With spring just around the corner, patio furniture is in hot demand as people plan to enjoy relaxing and dining al fresco in the warmer weather. Because of this, it’s an ideal time to sell your used patio furniture.

Whether you don’t use it or want to upgrade your furniture, posting it online can be a great way to connect with a buyer. Before you post an ad on a classifieds site like Kijiji, here are some tips on how to sell used patio furniture to help you craft a better ad and find the best buyer quickly.

What to Sell

When picking items to sell, consider what people may be searching for. While a single patio chair may be awkward to sell on its own, an outdoor bench, lounger or patio sofa may be more desirable. Selling complete sets of outdoor furniture together as a unit may make them easier to sell. However, if your patio set is larger and has a variety of different pieces, you may be able to make more or sell it faster by separating and selling pieces individually or as smaller sets of garden chairs and tables. Consider any outdoor accessories you may also want to sell such as seat cushions or patio umbrellas as well.

Crafting Your Ad

Always try to include in your ad any important information that prospective buyers will need to minimize inquiries that are merely requests for more information. List the measurements of the set so that buyers will know if it will fit comfortably in their space. If it is a reputable brand, be sure to mention it. List the materials and any assembly information. If your furniture boasts features like a holder for a patio umbrella, weatherproofed finishing or foldable design, mention it as these can be additional selling points. Clearly title your ad with the type of furniture you are selling, size and condition to help make your ad simple for people to find.

Adding Photos

Try to take a clear photo of your outdoor furniture. Set it up in your yard and take a photo of it in a well-lit, non-distracting or natural setting. If it is in storage or disassembled, this can be a bit tricky, but taking the time to represent it well in the photos will help in finding a buyer quickly. If it has any damage or wear and tear, you may want to include a photo of it with an explanation in the ad, so that buyers know the exact condition the pieces are in.

Setting a Price

When setting your price, consider the cost of the outdoor furniture when it was new, as well as the amount of wear it has. If there are additional pieces such as cushions or umbrellas that come with it, or if it is a coordinated set, this may raise the value you can place on it. Take the time to research what other similar used sets are priced at online, and use this information to guide you.

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