The Cost of Moving: Selling My Furniture

Photo credit: Josh Hallett, CC BY 2.0.

So I met with the person who will be moving into my Seattle apartment, and I sold this person all my furniture.

Plus my appliances.

Plus most of my kitchen stuff, excepting some items like my Fiestaware dishes.

After a short negotiation I ended up getting $450 for everything, which is way underpriced—the mattress alone cost $435.11 when you include the delivery fee—but I am going to get something just as valuable as money out of this deal.

Specifically, I’m going to be able to leave a lot of stuff in my apartment—after getting to use it until the very last day.

I won’t have to figure out how to get rid of my vacuum cleaner or my light fixtures, because I sold them to the new tenant.

I won’t have to take my cake pans and cast-iron pans to the Goodwill, because they’re part of the package.

I won’t have to get rid of my half-finished bottle of laundry detergent, or the extra lightbulbs in my closet, or the soap dispensers, or the garbage cans—they’ll all be there when the new person moves in. (I even said I’d wash the garbage cans out before I left, so they’d be just-like-new clean.)

This person is going to get a few items they weren’t even expecting, like compostable paper plates and a bottle of shower cleaner.

And I am going to get out of a lot of work.

I’d call that a win-win.

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