A Step-by-step Guide To Dispose Old Furniture
Moving furniture is pretty tricky. Since these aren’t usually just light chairs, heavy lifting is implied. Nobody wants to endure heavy lifting and serious injury can result. With our step-by-step instructions, moving your furniture will be child’s play. Don’t forget that you can always hire a team to make it even more hassle-free.
Your determination is required
You are determined to get away with your furniture. After all, there is furniture that you no longer want or that has become obsolete for you. Everything that no longer serves a purpose has to go. Moving is just as liberating as serious efforts to clear things out. Once it’s all gone you will feel a load lifted from your shoulders.
To make removing furniture as easy as possible, you need to define the following points:
- What exactly are you letting go Have you already made a choice or are there other things that you could do without?
- What happens to your old furniture?
It seems natural to just ask a friend for help and throw all that old furniture in a landfill. It’s not the most productive method, however, and there are certainly a few items that could be sold, donated, or even recycled.
So make a list of items that are in excellent condition, in good condition, and in utterly shameful condition. Next, set a date until you want to finish it.
Treat items in excellent condition first
Any old furniture that looks great with no dents, scratches, or won’t fall apart is good for selling. Since you probably can’t sell all of the items for disposal, it’s best to take care of them first.
Offer them up for sale on buying and selling platforms like Kijiji, Craigslist, or even social media groups. All you need to do is take some pictures and measurements. Let potential buyers know that they will need to collect the item themselves. Most buyers would come to the rescue with a suitable vehicle and friend anyway. It’s still best to mention it.
Alternatively, you can put your furniture up for sale in a thrift store, as they don’t just sell clothes or books. On the other hand, you need to bring it with you. If the furniture is not sold within a certain period of time, you will have to pick it up again. It is therefore not the best choice. However, an auction house can be another solution if your furniture is antiquated.
Now is the time for furniture in good condition
Unfortunately, sometimes buyers just don’t show up when they schedule a pickup for you. Instead, you sit around at home and wait for no one to come. Furniture that you have not yet been able to sell is therefore best classified in this category.
Furniture in good condition can be donated. It’s okay if there’s a dent here and there. It should only be useful, not stained or covered in animal odors. Just take a look at your old furniture and ask yourself if you would be happy if someone gave it to you. If the answer is a resounding yes, then these items are fully charitable.
When it comes to donations, it’s always a good idea to look around you first. Contact furniture banks, schools, and shelters, for example for the homeless and women who have escaped domestic violence.
Should none of them need furniture, although unlikely to turn to larger nonprofits? Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, Goodwill, AMVETS or Vietnam Veterans always take old furniture with them. They have thrift stores selling old furniture. The proceeds go towards their programs to provide veterans and others in need with professional training, therapy, and outreach programs. In most cases, they can arrange removal for free. But that can vary from area to area, and not all are present in every US state. If collection is not possible, you can contact a service. Some furniture transport services offer free collections if your old furniture goes to a charity.
Last but not least: the total rubbish
While you’ve likely found that some of your items are eligible for donation, you still may not be able to donate all of them. Charities have their own guidelines on what to take and what condition furniture must be in. Anything that you couldn’t donate will therefore automatically slip into this last category. It includes all items that are no longer used and that have fallen apart or broken in some other way.
As a first measurement, it can be worthwhile to know the components of the old furniture. If it is wood, glass, plastic, or metal, the first thing to do is contact a recycling center. Note that composite materials cannot be recycled. Recycling centers take apart old furniture and use the various recycling materials to make new things. Since you are basically their supplier, they will pay you for your old furniture. You don’t have to bring it to them, recycling centers do some removals as well. You charge a fee, but you automatically deduct the material value of your old furniture. In most cases, you end up paying nothing for furniture transport. In other cases you have to pay a little extra or end up with a plus in your pocket.
Since not all of your furniture can go to a recycling center, the professionals should take care of the rest of the items. Contact a professional service near you and relax. All you have to do is make an appointment with them and they are there. They don’t have to be heavy lifting and they even help you clean up.
Farewell to furniture dismantling
Shouldn’t there be things that can be donated, they’ll take care of it? Furniture transport services try to avoid old furniture being landfilled. You’d better donate it first. If there is no recycling center nearby, you don’t have to worry. So get out there and do the right research and have the easier time of your life.
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