Many businesses look for used office furniture as a way of saving money and being environmentally conscious. Unfortunately, a lot of old office furniture ends up in landfills, and buying used is sometimes a great way to avoid that. However, buying used office furniture can come with its own share of headaches. If you’re considering buying used office furniture here are a few precautions you should take to ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible.
Top Priority: Safety
When buying used office furniture safety should be your number one concern. Each year thousands of office employees are hurt in office chair related injuries. An office chair that tips over or has improper support is a huge risk and a liability for your business. Do a thorough inspection of any office furniture you buy and be willing to pass up the “best” deals if they present a safety risk for your employees.
Pay Attention to Quality
Value is a function of price and quality. Consider this: in many offices we spend the majority of our time sitting in a chair. Isn’t it worth investing in a chair that will provide more than the bare minimum level of comfort? The quality of the fabric, the accessibility and ergonomic features all matter. If you focus on just price you may end up unsatisfied with your purchase in short order.
Look for a Warranty
Buying used office furniture doesn’t have to be a crapshoot. Find a dealer that will provide a warranty against defects. Even if the warranty doesn’t provide all of the coverage of new furniture, some protection is still better than nothing. If you are missing parts or pieces, will your dealer provide the support you need to complete your office system? Good support and saving money are not mutually exclusive.
Many businesses immediately look to buy used office furniture when the need arises, but it’s important to cross check prices before you make a purchase. Sometimes the price of used office furniture will be close to if not the same as new office furniture, and you will need to determine whether the savings outweigh the benefits of buying new. It’s better to be an educated buyer than to simply make assumptions.
Get Quality Furniture from Glover Furniture
Need to furnish a new office or classroom? Glover Furniture can help you determine the right focal point. Glover Furniture and Design Group is a woman-owned and operated business that serves the Delmarva region with educational, institutional, and commercial furniture and design services. For information on how we can optimize your office design, give us a call at 1-800-966-9016 or contact us online. To see examples of our work and stay in touch, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.