At some point in time you will have to get new furniture. Whether it’s for your home or your place of work, it’s an inevitable fact. And the other side of getting new furniture is figuring out what to do with the old furniture. It’s big, bulky, might have value to someone else, it takes time to think about the how’s and where’s of furniture disposal.
Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace… maybe you’ve tried these. The end result is usually no-takers. Old furniture is a bust when it comes to reselling, unless you have Aunt Maggie’s circa 1740 table ready for the Antiques Road Show. So, here it comes…
The Challenge of Furniture Removal
For offices relocating or revamping, you’ll need skills in scheduling, logistics, planning. You’re dealing with old equipment like computers, printers, copiers, and old furniture and cubicles. There will be decisions on what to keep and what to toss, and who’s getting the new corner office, plus the timing.
For homeowners, you’ll have to decide on what’s coming in before you toss out the old, and then you’ll have the moments of in between when the old is lurking somewhere in your home like a relative hanging around longer than you’d like during the holidays.
But no matter where you’re ditching the old for the new, your biggest decision lies in how to best get rid of everything that’s gotta go and how to do it in the safest way possible to lessen the risk of personal injury. You’d think you could haul it off to the dump. That’s the quick and easy answer, but much more is involved than just hauling it off. Getting this done, takes a lot of lifting, logistics, time, and some lucky friends or employees with strong backs and big vehicles.
The best solution, however, is to call a junk removal service. They have all the things you need, and for just one phone call.
Furniture Disposal is a Big Job Any Way You Look at It
There are a lot of reasons to get new furniture. When your old bed is no longer doing the trick, people will often splurge on a new bedroom set. Some vendors will take away the old mattress, but not the old bed and other furniture. This is where the furniture removal job gets big – and heavy.
First, you have to dismantle the bed. Then, you have to move the pieces. And lastly, you have to figure out where you’re going to dispose of your old stuff. Many municipalities prohibit leaving specific furniture items on the curb or even in the public dump. And, you still need to do all the heavy lifting.
You Can Sell It or Donate It
The good news is, there are several options aside from dumping your old furniture in the local landfill. Beyond thrift stores, you can donate used furniture to non-profit organizations that can use your old furniture in lobbies, bedrooms, and break-rooms.
Many shelters, non-profit facilities and charitable agencies have need of both office and household goods. Selling your old furniture can be a challenge. Maybe a yard sale will be the answer to generate some extra cash that can offset the cost of your new furniture, but this takes time, effort, and planning – but usually someone else will load it into the truck.
An Option Better than Dumping
If you’ve decided to have your unwanted furniture hauled off instead of selling or donating it you have a few options. If you’re a homeowner with a SUV or truck, you can do the hauling and lifting yourself. But this option is not available to everyone. Plus, it is hard and even dangerous work. The other main option, is to hire someone else to come and haul the items off for you. This is a common approach for many because it’s the easiest and best option.
Landfills probably don’t need more old stained couches or sofas. And they certainly don’t need office chairs or desks. Professionals in the junk hauling, furniture disposal business know how to save the planet and recycle/re-use your old furniture.
The Final Word
The choice of recycling your old furniture or office equipment becomes all the more important with time. New legislation regarding dumping is being put into place on a regular basis. Many localities have enacted zero waste initiatives and landfill diversion goals over the last few years. These have been designed to accelerate recycling efforts and, ultimately, reduce overall waste and landfill use. This is all a good thing for our planet and future generations to come.
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