Used Office Furniture
Fitting and furnishing of an office with new or used office furniture is almost as important as the naming of the company. Your office is the first thing your client will look at; it is also the place where most of your employees will work.
Needless to say, it plays a pivotal part as to which way loyalty will swing. A well decorated and well-designed office and workplace can not only cement that hanging deal and increase the productivity of your employees, it will also establish you as a company with great taste in design.
As always, great reputation comes at a great price. Stacking your office with brand new furniture in the latest styles and designs will cost you a fortune. Or you could always opt for used office furniture, which, with a little perseverance and maintenance, can be more efficient in keeping costs down. Here is a detailed analysis of what and what not to expect when comparing used and new furniture.
New Office Furniture
New office furniture, including cubicles, desks, and chairs, can instantly liven up the surroundings. New furniture comes with a warranty so any problems or defects are generally taken care of by the company itself. All in all, it is hassle-free installation. Besides, furniture, like gadgets, keeps evolving with the latest one more efficient than the last one. With new furniture, you will get the latest in design and innovation that money can buy.
Used Office Furniture
When you are starting a new business, there is no possibility of investing half your capital in decorating the workplace. There is one primary reason why offices go for used office furniture – cost.
With used office furniture, you can save up to 75% of your initial investment, which, needless to say, will offer you peace of mind. However, used furniture has its drawbacks. The dealer you are buying it from needs to be trustworthy. Used office furniture is sold without warranty. So once you get it, you’re on your own.
Tips for buying furniture
■ Always ask the question, how will the furniture, old or new, profit me? New furniture will always be more durable, hassle-free, and maintenance-free until the time of warranty. A used one however, can cause a lot of trouble if the dealer manages to sneak in a few rotten apples.
■ Before buying used office furniture, check for decay and termites thoroughly. Laminated wood can play host to a whole army of pests without anything being visible from the outside. Plain changing the lamination will make it look as good as new. Tap the wood with a coin. Look for a solid tapping sound. A dull thud denotes a rotten core.
■ Do a bit of research as to why the furniture was sold off in the first place. Did the company relocate? Or did the furniture prove to be inefficient? What was the furniture used for? Everything needs to be known to make a good decision.