When you have decided to move, it’s time to let go of some old furniture. However, furniture removal is a task that many often overlook. It’d be too grand if it was just throwing furniture out of your home or having someone to pick it up when you’re gone. Yet alone the attempt of removing heavy items might be something that’s better left for the professionals. At the same time, you can make things a lot easier for the haulers. If you’re replacing a sofa, for example, you wouldn’t want fragile items to be in the way. Or a rabid dog.
1. What do you intend to do with your old furniture?
First things first: determine which furniture you want to get rid of and which to bring along. Surely, if you want a swift move, you could just remove it all and not worry any further. But what if there are people who’d be happy to have the sofa that you only had for a short time? As long as the furniture is still in a good condition, you can either sell or donate it. It’s a shame to let it end up in a landfill before it’s even passed its time of use.
The same would apply to home appliances. Maybe your old fridge could undergo repair. That’s especially the case with the very old ones. Those models hardly contained any modern technology such as chips and were more mechanical based. If it’s just some screws that need replacing, it’d be great to donate those items. Lots of charity organisations happily accept your old furniture for repairing and reselling purposes. Alternatively, they often know people that are in desperate need of some items. Try selling your old furniture first. If no one is interested or comes around to pick it up, you can still donate it.
2. Make sure your old furniture is clean
One may think it doesn’t matter if old furniture is clean or not. But put yourself in the shoes of the person who buys it. Some stains are unavoidable, but they’re certainly going to drag the price tag down. Charitable organisations will clean the old items they receive anyway. However, they do appreciate it if the item doesn’t have a foot thick layer of dust and dirt on top of it.
In this sense, it’d be worthwhile to mention that if your pet has made its business on your old sofa, it’s probably best to simply get rid of it via professional furniture removal. The stains can probably be removed, but the odours are especially hard to get rid of. Try to cover it up at least for the junk haulers. They have most likely seen worse, but they’ll certainly appreciate a somewhat clean piece to remove as well.
3. Do the items fit through your doors?
After you’ve decided what exactly do to with your furniture, make sure there’s a clear path for the furniture removal team. Measure your doors and the width as well as the height of your items. If they can’t fit through, you may have to opt for the windows if they’re on the ground floor. Should that turn out to be an issue, notify the person who collects it. Either you or he will have to take it apart to make sure it’ll survive the furniture removal in one piece. For items that are completely broken, this step is obviously not necessary. But do look out for it that there are no obstacles in the way. That’d especially apply to glass vases on side tables you may have in your hallway. If there are valuable pieces of artwork in the area, take them to a safer place before the furniture removal.
4. Consider recycling
Albeit some furniture is hard to recycle, at least some parts of it can usually undergo this procedure. Wooden furniture is an easy item to recycle, as long it’s made from real wood and not glued wood chips with some decorative PVC fronts. Also, plastic furniture can be recycled. It probably looked good when you got it, but plastic is bound to a short lifespan. Besides, anything that contains metal can potentially be recycled. Check if there’s a furniture removal in your area that does accept furniture removal for recycling purposes. You may even earn a bit of cash with it. However, it may not be worth the hassle if their collection is more expensive than what you might earn. On the other hand, getting at least some pennies for the old stuff would count. Put it forward to your piggy bank or spend it on furnishing your new place.
5. Ask a professional for help
If you’re able to sell some of your old furniture, you may not have to worry about how to get it outside of your home. People usually drop by and pick it up with a friend. Charitable organisations may not pick up your old furniture. Some might, others probably don’t have the capacities. Pay attention if the furniture removal would include heavy items. You don’t want to break your back as you attempt to put it at your curb. Before you hurt yourself, take advantage of a professional junk remover. They usually come with a team and have some helpful tools that make furniture removal a lot easier. The haulers are not as expensive as you think and will reliably take care of your old furniture.
A furniture removal service is only one call away from you. In most cases, you can schedule a pick-up online and most can haul out everything on the week before you move. If you were unable to sell or donate some of your items, they can sometimes take care of it, too. Jiffy Junk, for example, always sees to it first if old furniture could be donated. Even though furniture removers have special equipment to haul out your stuff, it’s still a good idea to keep fragile items out of the hauling zone.