Have large furniture that’s taking up space? Getting ready for a move? Already moved and wondering why you bothered hauling that huge sectional?
When it comes to large furniture, getting rid of it can be tricky. Unless you own a panel van or a box truck of your own, you can’t simply recruit your neighbors, throw them in the car, and zip off to a donation center.
If it’s time for a move, an upgrade, or downsizing your big pieces, you’ll need to make a plan. Take an organized approach and your furniture can easily be off… somewhere else.
Put it On the Curb
Depending on where you live, you may be able to move your furniture to the curb. Check the laws and regulations, of course. The last thing you want is to haul that oversized dining set back into your home.
In some neighborhoods and heavily-trafficked areas, putting your things on the curb means interested people may hit the jackpot. After all: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right?
Contact your local disposal services first to find out their policies. If your furniture isn’t picked up by passers-by, you’ll need to ensure they’ll pick it up. Many removal companies may charge for larger items, or have rules or regulations on what they’ll take. Before you move it out, make sure you understand the big picture.
Haul it Yourself
If you happen to have a large truck (or there’s one available to you), it may be an option to move your furniture yourself. Before you arrange the vehicle and the support, make sure you know where you’re taking it. The landfill? A recycling center? A scrap dealer? Double-check the address and the receiving hours. Some dumping or recycling companies require a fee for drop-offs or only accept things in a certain condition.
Have a Garage/Yard Sale
If you have the time, a garage or yard sale may be a good option. If your furniture is old or worn out but usable, or if it’s just time for an upgrade, try adding it to a yard sale pile. Having a sale will also give you a chance to do a home clear out, getting rid of other things that are lying around that you no longer want or need. Check appliances, functioning toys, old clothes, home decor, tools, and general clutter for things that others may put to good use.
Sell it Online
If you have a bit more time, try listing your things online. Facebook Marketplace or your local Craigslist are great places to find new homes for your furniture. Set your price how you like, and take good, clear photos. Make sure they’re accurate, of course. It’s a waste of everyone’s time if someone comes to look at or take your furniture only to find it’s not in the condition they imagined. While it takes a bit of time to find a committed buyer, you’ll be happy you chose to sell your furniture when they come to take it away.
Donate to Charity
If you have large furniture in good shape, consider donating it to a charitable organization. Have a look at which organizations are near you. That includes not only secondhand shops, but schools, shelters, community centers, and churches. Many of these organizations are running on thin budgets and are happy to receive donated items. They may even come and pick them up for you. If you plan to drop them off, make sure you make the arrangements with them first.
Hire a Mover
If your furniture has a new destination but you don’t have someone to pick it up, try hiring a mover. These experts know all of the tricks to swiftly and safely move your items without worry. If it can be disassembled, they’ll do it, making transport easier. They’ll pad and secure your items in the truck and deliver them wherever you need them.