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So you’re moving out of your apartment and into a new home. You won’t need the old place for a few months, so what should you do with all those pieces of furniture? Your first inclination might be to throw everything away. After all, you probably don’t have space for all of it in your new place, and leaving it in storage is an expensive proposition. However, there are other options. You can sell some things, give others away to friends or neighbors, or find some company that will come and take everything off your hands. Disposing of furniture isn’t easy but fortunately, it’s not a difficult task either. Let us walk through the process step by step:
Make a list of your furniture
The first step to disposing of any item, whether it’s clothing, furniture, or just about anything else, is to know what you have. Make a list of everything that you want to get rid of before you even start looking for a company to take it off your hands. This will make the search process much easier and less stressful. If you don’t already have a list, try to remember what you have and jot it down as soon as possible.
Find a reputable furniture disposal company
There are a few different things to consider when choosing the right company for your furniture disposal needs. First, you’ll want to find a company that is local. This will make it easier for you to schedule pick up. Second, you’ll want to find a company that doesn’t charge by the pound. Otherwise, you could end up paying a lot more than you expected. Third, you’ll want to find a company that specializes in furniture disposal. Many companies will take almost anything, but you don’t want to be surprised when they show up and start loading your appliances and old computers.
Schedule the pick up
Find a company that will give you a free estimate. Furniture disposal companies can charge per item or per pound, so it’s important to know what you’ll be charged ahead of time. Once you’ve settled on a price, you can schedule the pick up for the following weekend. This will give you plenty of time to go through your old place, find what you want to get rid of, and box it up.
Dispose of any hazardous materials
Before you start boxing things up, be sure to check for hazardous materials. This includes things like paint, oils, cleaning chemicals, and pesticides. Be sure to dispose of these properly so that they don’t end up in a landfill.
Donate any usable items
If you have any furniture that’s in relatively good condition and could be used by someone else, consider donating it to a local charity. You’ll be helping someone out, and you’ll get a tax write off too.
Get rid of anything that’s not yours
If you find something in your old apartment that isn’t yours, be sure to return it to its rightful owner before the pick up crew arrives. This could end up saving you from some serious legal issues.
Finally, make sure the furniture disposal company actually takes everything away. Some companies will just load the truck and drive away with a significant portion of your stuff still sitting in your apartment. If this happens to you, call the company and ask them to come back. Also, make sure they actually throw your items away. There have been cases where companies have been spotted dumping furniture in rivers and lakes in order to make more room in their trucks. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll have no trouble disposing of your furniture.