Old furniture disposal can easily be a real headache. If you’re moving, downsizing, or it’s just time for a change, you’ll discover that disposing of old furniture is no simple task. It takes a bit of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to offload used furniture (even if it’s in really, really good condition). In fact, it presents several different obstacles, all which become abundantly apparent when you need to get rid of some furniture.
Why Old Furniture Disposal is So Difficult
So, why is old furniture disposal difficult in the first place? Well, all you have to do is think about it from another perspective. Used furniture just doesn’t command much consumer demand. And, if it’s upholstered, it loses value very quickly. Meaning that if it’s still in excellent condition, it’s not worth much money at all. Even leather furniture loses its value, particularly when it shows any signs of wear.
“It is no secret that getting rid of a used sofa or sleeper is difficult. Upholstered furniture may not find many takers, especially when it is damaged, torn, or stained. To think that once you paid good money for a piece of furniture that now seems to be of no interest to you or anyone else.” —About.com
Plus, there’s the comfort factor. Old furniture pieces just don’t offer the comfort of newer models. Then, there’s the ick factor — people just don’t relish furnishing their house with someone else’s old stuff. When you throw pet damage into the mix, it makes junking it practically the only alternative. But, that will come at a cost. However, if you buy new furniture, retailers generally offer a free pick up service. Although, not all do, especially if you purchase from a consignment, outlet, or specialty store.
Best Old Furniture Disposal Tips
All of this isn’t to say you’re stuck with having to haul it to a landfill or to a recycling center. The good news is, if you are a resident, the city will pick up furniture. But, you must make arrangements and schedule a day and time. Plus, if it’s too large, you might well be charged a fee. So, why not try an alternative. Perhaps you can put a little cash in your pocket at the same time. Here are the best old furniture disposal tips you can use:
- Sell it through an online ad. If the furniture is in good, usable condition, there’s no reason you shouldn’t attempt to sell it. Take pictures, include plenty of product information and try to sell it through a local, online ad. You might just find an eager buyer who will not only pay you for it, but haul it away, as well.
- Host a neighborhood yard sale. Another option is to partner up with your neighbors and host a block-wide yard sale or rummage sale. This is a great way to get the maximum exposure. And, if you don’t receive a lot of interest, drop the price dramatically or just give it away for free.
- Donate it to a local organization. Speaking of giving that old furniture away for free, you can always try to donate it to a local shelter, church, or school. There are a number of local organizations which accept these types of donations. You get a small tax write off and are rid of it, too.
- Sell it through a furniture consigner. If the furniture is in really good condition, you can opt to sell it through a furniture consignment shop. This take the onus off of you and it’s a good way to receive some cash when it finally sells.
If you’re going to sell your home in the near future and buy a new house, please don’t hesitate to phone me at 407-616-7286, I’ll be happy to speak with you.