At FlatRate Moving we get faced with the question from clients everyday if we have any recommendations to sell lightly used furniture items. Moving in NYC can be a yearly task for some and no two floor plans are alike. Maybe you’re deciding to downsize a bit and that reclining loveseat or arm chair simply won’t fit in your living room. Maybe a new addition to the family means that second bedroom that was going to be a home office is now in the process of becoming a nursery. Whatever the situation, here are some options to sell your items in NYC without having to deal with Craigslist.
3 Great Options to Sell Your Furniture (Plus a bonus!)
1. AptDeco – You’ve undoubtedly seen their ads on the subway. What began as a solely NYC company is now expanding into other major cities and is the number one place at the moment to sell lightly used furniture in NYC (Fair warning: you may end up selling something and buying something else as AptDeco acts as a marketplace to buy and sell furniture online with tons of options.) The draw of AptDeco is after listing your furniture they handle the rest from selling to pickup and delivery. Take a more detailed look at how it looks on their “How it Works” page.
2. Kaiyo – Another company New Yorkers love to sell lightly used furniture, Kaiyo is simple to use and has a solid user base. Simply submit your furniture with pictures and wait one business day for it to be reviewed, schedule a time for the furniture to be picked up free of charge, and finally wait until your furniture is sold. Kaiyo handles the heavy lifting and takes a percentage of whatever the item is sold for.
3. Facebook Marketplace – Facebook has been building up a number of new additions to the already robust social media giant. One of these is Facebook Marketplace. Although they don’t have options to pick up and deliver your furniture like the above two, it’s simple to create a post and communicate with potential buyers, and both the website and app make it easy to target your neighborhood through specific groups or the city as a whole.
4. Bonus: Apps like LetGo and OfferUp on the App Store and Google Play Store have been gaining in popularity to sell all kinds of used goods and there are tons of users in NYC. They are definitely worth the download and the simplicity of each user interface is what makes each of them great options.
FlatRate’s Upcycle Program
At FlatRate Moving we offer an Upcycle Program as part of our services. Not only is it great to declutter before the big moving day. You can learn more about it by contacting FlatRate today and requesting a quote where one of our expert consultants can run you through the process, but essentially, during your move FlatRate will provide you with two free UPCYCLE boxes to be filled with any toys, clothes, books, etc. to be brought directly to the Salvation Army warehouse in the Bronx. As with any donation make sure to keep an itemized list of what you’re donating when tax refund season comes around! NYC also offers an option to donate goods that you can learn more about here!
Just Throw it Away: Disposal Services and More
Let’s be realistic, that couch that has been through three apartments (including one in college) and a storage unit is literally and figuratively on its last legs. Sometimes it’s best to throw things away, but this doesn’t mean simply leaving your items on the curb and leaving the rest up to the Department of Sanitation. If you plan on throwing your things out on your own, NYC (and some buildings as well) have laws about when and where you can throw your items away. The best option here is to check the laws for how to dispose of certain items or making a collection request for large items with the Department of Sanitation.
If you’d simply like more information on what days of the week you’re allowed to leave large items on the curb search your address here. Usually you can leave your things on the curb the day before pickup after 4pm. Note: Some buildings require a Certificate of Insurance just to move items out to the curb. This is why FlatRate Moving offers disposal as one of our services where we follow all local laws and building requirements to get your unwanted items out while moving your possessions at the same time.
Give us a call or request a quote on our website and ask one of our consultants about adding disposal services to your move today!