When it comes to enhancing your office space, the first thing that comes to mind is getting new furniture and equipment for your beloved employees. A fresh set of furniture can act as a breath of fresh air and help boost productivity in the office. While new office furniture is ideal, we understand the need to save on costs as a business owner and making the best of what you have and what you can afford. With this in mind, we will go through the pros and cons of purchasing new vs used or refurbished office equipment.
Pros & Cons of Buying New Office Furniture
When it comes to buying new, it is no mystery that you will have the option to choose from a wide selection of different types of furniture, colors, and styles that best fit your office. By incorporating different colors you are giving your office a fresh and contemporary feel that boasts well for client interaction. To help with organizational space, think about built-in cabling and charging options. Another great thing with new furniture is that if you are purchasing over six of the same item then you could get a volume discount as well as having your new furniture tax-deductible.
One of the major disadvantages of purchasing new office furniture is the cost as certain items can put you over your budget. This especially happens if you are buying for more than one department at a time.
Pros & Cons of Buying Used/Refurbished Furniture
With used and refurbished equipment for your office, the biggest advantage is that you will be saving on cost while providing new furniture to your employees. There are great deals that you can find on used furniture and the best part is that you can find a high-quality item for a price that is cheaper than if you bought new. Same quality, just easier on your budget. The great thing about having used products is that you are essentially recycling and having a positive impact on the environment.
While you will save money and positively impact the environment with used products, you will run into some disadvantages. One of those being that you will be limited with the style, configurations, and selection of colors of the products you’re in need of. If you are looking to buy in bulk, then you may have a hard time finding similar or identical items that will fit your office’s needs. Another thing to keep in mind is the quality of used products may not be what you want it. The good thing, though, is that office chairs and lobby couches are easy to reupholster while old desks can be sanded and refinished to look like new. Used filing cabinets surely can be repainted and any other equipment can be touched up if you are willing to put in the extra time to do so. Another con about used office products is that there is usually no returns nor a warranty for them so keep that in mind.