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I’m back with another Ask Studio Style Blog post for you, covering Craigslist purchasing tips and making sure you don’t buy anything sketchy.
I would love some advice on purchasing furniture from Craigslist in DC (or any other city for that matter). How do you check to make sure that it doesn’t have bed bugs, etc? Thanks!
Studio Style Blog Advice:
This is a great question! I’ve covered a bit of the Craigslist searching and buying process here and here but I’ll certainly dive in a bit deeper with advice on this.
My own rule of thumb is to stay away from most upholstered items. I’ve purchased chairs, benches, tables, a credenza, etc. from Craigslist, so it’s far less likely that any item with a hard surface will have a pest problem. Mattresses, couches, etc are more likely to have something creepy hiding! 🙂 That being said, there are tons of reliable, trustworthy sellers out there with clean, pest-free items so don’t shy away from buying a great chair or sofa either.
I take a good look at the photos posted (don’t go buy anything without seeing photos first) and check if the surroundings look to be fairly clean. IE if the background of the photo looks like an episode of hoarders- stay away. There’s only so much you can tell from photos so definitely go see the item in person as well. Many sellers also post ‘comes from a non-smoking home, no pets’, etc. If that’s important to you, look out for items with that noted or ask the seller if the posting doesn’t mention it. Don’t promise to buy anything when you contact the seller- just say you’re interested and you’d love to come look at the item. That way, there’s no expectations or promises that you’d be purchasing something if you see it in person and realize it’s beyond repair, gross, etc.
Don’t be afraid to take a good look at the item in person. Open a drawer, lift a cushion, etc. Make sure you do a quick visual and physical inspection of the item.
Happy hunting and hope this was all helpful for you and my readers!
Thanks to Sarah for writing in and for info on how to submit your questions to Studio Style Blog, click here.