It’s expensive and time-consuming to move furniture. Jamie Novak, a personal organizer and author of Keep This Toss That, lists five things that are usually better to sell or donate before you move: old books, oversized furniture, cleaning supplies, small kitchen appliances, and glassware.
“If you’re using a moving company to relocate, adding stuff to your inventory adds cost — especially when you move long distance,” says TJ Peterson of Oz Moving & Storage, a New York, NY, moving company. “The more you offload, the more you save. In some cases, it might even cost more to move your item than it costs to buy a new one.”
You also could try to sell your furniture along with the house. Pro tip: Make the home sale separate from the furniture transaction. “With furniture, most lenders will not fund a loan if there is personal property included with the sale,” says McLaughlin. “Having a written agreement or mutual understanding of items to include in a sale, off the purchase contract, is the best way to deal with furniture.”