I remember what it was like when I first moved home and started looking for a new sofa. I was so excited to finally be able to choose my own furniture and make my own mark on the world, or atleast my home.
Everyone else made it look so easy. Friends and family seemed to be able to get a new sofa without any problems.
But not me!
I was always getting tripped up by a lack of delivery options – I couldn’t drive and nobody I knew had a van. I didn’t have the money to buy new, so I had to rely on the seller to deliver. And that was a major difficulty in itself. Then there was the awkwardness of trying to get it up to my flat and through the door!
I soon learned that so many other people were making the same mistakes when they were buying sofas too.
Now if you’re a beginner when it comes to buying a sofa, I can almost guarantee you’re already making these mistakes – or if not, then you’re going to be making them, soon. And once you start making these mistakes, you’re going to find out that buying a new sofa can be time-consuming, expensive and even painful.
Unless, of course, you learn how to avoid these mistakes.
So forget about trial and error. Forget about learning this stuff through the school of hard knocks. Instead, learn from my mistakes and save yourself a lot of time, grief and money.
Mistake #1 Relying on the seller to deliver your new sofa
Almost everyone I know who tries to buy a sofa without the ability to collect it themselves ends up making this mistake. I get it, how are you going to pickup a new sofa if you can’t drive or don’t have access to a big enough vehicle?
The problem is, sellers willing and able to deliver are few and far between. You end up waiting longer than necessary and ‘making do’ with whatever you can get your hands on. Often it’s not what you really want.
Instead, hire a man and van. Costs are relatively low and you can choose what you really want without having to wait weeks for delivery.
Mistake #2 Underestimating how heavy sofas can be
I made this mistake when I first brought a sofa. The seller asked me if I could help unload and I was like, “yeah no problem, it’ll go in the lift anyway. I’m only on the first floor” I was sooooo wrong! The sofa was not only heavier than I’d anticipated, it wouldn’t fit in the lift.
Me in a heap at the bottom of the stairs with a sofa on top of me! Needless to say, it was very painful and I NEVER made that mistake again! So let me save you from doing the same thing.
Instead of damaging yourself and your new sofa, hire the professionals. You’ll get much better results!
Mistake #3 Not taking the right measurements for your new sofa
I’ve saved the best for last! That’s because this is such a common mistake and it can cause an incredible amount of stress and money, So you’ve measured the space for your new sofa and it will fit perfectly but when you get the sofa home, you can’t even get it through the doorway! Now you’re stuck in the doorway, having paid for a sofa that is absolutely no use to you. And, you have nowhere to store it.
Instead of wasting your time AND money, make sure you measure ALL the doors the sofa will have to go through.
Give yourself a pat on the back for paying attention to this article. Because now that you know the top 3 mistakes when buying a sofa and how to avoid them, you’ll be miles ahead of the other people who are still trying to get a new sofa.
So take this newfound knowledge and confidence and find your new sofa today!
And don’t forget…if you need it collected, get in touch with Man and Van Southampton.