Getting rid of unwanted furniture and old appliances is nearly not as much fun as buying it. The main reasons why people get rid of their old furniture and appliances are either because they’re broken and repairing them would be a hassle or they want to update their furnishings. In both cases, you still have to deal with the challenges of getting rid of the older ones. You need to know how to dispose of the furnishings effectively because you cannot just toss them out the trash.
Fortunately, there are a couple of disposal options to choose from. Here is a list of successful ways that you can use to get rid of your old fixtures:
- Junk Removal Services
There are quite a number of junk removal companies that offer residential junk removal services, at a fee. These companies are really convenient and offer a faster solution compared to other options.
You will pay the junk removal company depending on your location and the size of your furniture. Most companies charge anywhere from $50 to $100. The fee that these companies charge is totally worth it considering that you do not have to worry about loading the furniture from your house and dropping it off to another destination.
- Sell It
You might be able to sell your furniture or appliances if they’re still in good working condition. Appliances that have been gently used are still very much in demand. The only problem here is getting the appliances from your house. It’s best to find someone who is not only willing to buy but also to come and pick it up. That will be a win-win for you.
Some of the ways that you can advertise to reach out to the public include:
- Online Marketplaces
Place an Ad online on websites like Craigslist or www.freecycle.org. Alongside your Ad, make sure to include a photo of the furniture
- Social Media
Post pictures of the piece of furniture or the appliance that you want to sell on either Facebook or Instagram. Indicate the price at which you are selling the item for.
- Word of Mouth
Tell a friend to tell a friend that you’re selling affordable furniture. Among all your friends, you are likely to get an interested party.
- Local Newspaper
Some people still pick up the morning newspaper and check the local classifieds for items on sale. This is a good way of informing your local community about the furnishings that you’re selling.
- Putting Up Posters
If you intend to hold a garage sale, put up posters around the neighborhood to draw crowds. Mention the exact date and venue of the sale.
- Donate It
There are many churches, non-profit organizations, shelters, missions, and community thrift stores that would benefit a great deal from your old furniture and appliances. Check your neighborhood for local outlets that are more than happy to take the working appliances.
Before you give the furnishings to charity, you need to first assess their condition. The items can only be donated if:
- They do not need repairs and are functional as they are
- The furniture has never been infested with pests such as bedbugs and has no major stains, rips or odor.
However, there are some centers that accept appliances that are not working and recycle them to help needy families.
You should also keep in mind that even though the furniture may be in excellent condition, some charities may not be able to accept depending on their needs and how much space they have available. Make an inquiry first.
- Pass It On
Passing on your old furniture and appliances helps you to get rid of ovens, couches, dressers, and other large items. As your friends and family if they might have any use for the item that you want to get rid of. Chances are you will find someone who does.
What feels like trash to you may be another person’s treasure.
- Trade It In
If you would like to upgrade to new furnishings, find a dealer who is willing to take in the old one and deliver a new unit.
This is the best disposal strategy for anyone looking to upgrade to newer and more modern options; you do not have to deal with the headache of disposing the old one.
Do your due diligence to find out if the stores in your area are willing to take your old appliances if you’re buying a new one from them. It is always worth asking around. When it comes to refrigerators that must be serviced and properly prepared for disposal, they sometimes charge a nominal fee
Other utilities allow you to trade in your older energyguzzling appliances for newer models that consume less energy.