Buying a furnished home
April 17, 2012 10:38 AM Subscribe
How do you negotiate buying furniture in a house - particularly generally unused furniture used in a model home?
posted by raztaj to home & garden (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A family member is considering buying a home soon, and will be starting from scratch. The house she has her eye on, is a new construction that previously fell through from a prior contract. The builder used some of their model furniture to help make it "look nice," and kept a few pieces in the garage. It's partially furnished - has bedroom furniture, some decorative artwork, a couple of bookshelves, desk, and chaise lounge.
Naturally, some stuff to start with (namely, bedroom furniture) will be a huge help for someone who won't have any furniture to start with. Right now, it's just sitting there, costing them money. When it sells, they're going to have to find a place to put it (costing them money in labor and storage).
My family member would like to have it all thrown in, but the builder said furniture must be negotiates separately - which is odd to me. Does anyone have any experience doing this, and what a fair price would be?
The furniture is not total cheapo or super expensive - but reasonable, middle of the line stuff in good shape. How should they go about asking for it, or determining what to add on in price?