When to Repair vs. When to Replace

October 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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If you have a damaged piece of furniture that you want to continue using, you’ll have to decide if it should be repaired or replaced. Both solutions cost money, so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each option. The first step is to figure out if it’s a good idea to repair the item in question.

Problems You Can’t Fix

Excessive moisture frequently destroys furniture. It isn’t possible to fix low-pressure laminates or printed vinyl coatings with water damage, according to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Moisture can permanently ruin most types of wood, but particleboard is more susceptible. Fire often causes irreparable harm as well.

Is it Worth Fixing?

Furniture repair services can reverse most other types of damage, such as torn upholstery or broken legs. Even Fluffy and Fido would have difficulty destroying a piece of furniture beyond repair. Nonetheless, it’s only cost-effective to fix well-made items. Quality products contain costly materials like solid wood, leather and steel coils.

Several other factors affect the value of used furniture. An old piece might be worth repairing if it’s hard to replace. Unfortunately, repair may not restore the full value of a damaged antique. Collectors prefer items that retain the original materials and finish. Nonetheless, it’s also important to consider the sentimental value of old furniture.

Remember to assess the style of an item before you repair or replace it. Take a good look at the piece, and don’t forget to ask your spouse if he or she secretly hates it. Repair might be the best option if the furniture fits your home’s decor perfectly. On the other hand, you may benefit from replacing a piece that looks outdated or out of place.

Finding an Affordable Solution

If you’re still not sure what to do, start comparing prices. Request a quote from a local repair service, and visit us at Cardi’s Furniture in MA or RI to find out how much a replacement would cost. We offer a fantastic selection of quality furniture at affordable prices. Ask our friendly staff about warranty details. There are few things more disappointing than spending money on a repair or replacement that only lasts a short time.


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