Moving is a hassle. You have to find a new place to live, pack up all of your belongings, and then unpack them once you get there. It’s enough to make anyone want to throw in the towel and just stay where they are. But before you do that, it may be worth getting rid of some things first, like old furniture for example.
The good news is that by clearing out your space now, you can save on moving costs later on! Also, this will make the process of packing and unpacking much easier. If you're like most people, you'll want to get rid of any old furniture that you don't need anymore before moving out so that there's less stuff for the movers to take with them when they come over.
Here are 8 ways to get rid of your old furniture before moving:
1. Sell Your Old Furniture at a Garage Sale
This is the easiest and most obvious solution. It’s easy because it doesn't require much effort on your part, and you can ask for cash or trade with other garage sale items that may be of interest to someone else in exchange for taking away some junk.
No matter what method you choose to sell your stuff, it's important that you do so responsibly and legally. There are laws surrounding the selling of used goods in most states (and even different rules depending on whether or not the item is considered "new"), so make sure you know the rules.
2. Donate It To Charity
You can always donate your old furniture to charities like Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or even local churches. These organizations will come to pick up stuff for free (you don't have to hire movers), and you'll be doing something good at the same time.
If they won't take it away from you, you can always donate your old stuff to a friend or family member. They may not pay you, but it's better than throwing furniture out that could still be used by someone else!
3. Give It Away To Friends And Family
Give It Away To Friends and Family: Depending on the size of your furniture, this may be a good idea. Plus, you can get rid of it for free! However, if some pieces are too big or bulky to fit in someone's car (or they don't have one) then that will become an issue.
Still, there are some things you can get rid of to friends or family members, such as dining room tables and chairs, couches, dressers, kitchen table sets, etc.
4. Throw It Out In The Yard For Free Pick-Up
This is the last resort, but it can work. If you're really desperate to get rid of old furniture and don't want the hassle (or cost) associated with hiring movers or renting a truck then try throwing your stuff out on the curb for free pick up!
There are some downsides to this method, however. For example, you won't get any money for it (unless someone takes pity on your furniture and offers cash or trade), but more importantly, you risk having the wrong people take away your stuff! They might even destroy it before taking it away which would be a tragedy in cases where things are still in good condition.
5. Sell Them On Craigslist Or eBay
If you want to get more money for your old furniture instead of just giving it away, then don't throw it out. Sell them on sites like Craigslist and eBay. People are looking for stuff every day there, so why not put yours up as well?
You can even list a few items at once to get rid of your furniture quickly. Just be sure that you're following all the rules and regulations for selling items on these sites, especially if they are considered "new".
The one thing worth noting is that there's no guarantee someone will buy things from you right away, so don't expect immediate results. There will always be a few people who want to wait until the last minute before moving out, so it will take some time.
6. Turn Them Into A DIY Project With Repurposed Materials
This is another way to get rid of furniture while also making something new. For example, you can turn old dressers into TV consoles or coffee tables, sofas and chairs into ottomans and benches, etc.
Of course, there are lots of other ideas for repurposing old furniture, so feel free to get creative. You'll be surprised by the types of things you can make yourself when you have a little time on your hands!
7. Offer to swap with someone who has something you want
If you have a piece of furniture that's new and in good condition, then offer to trade it with someone who has something you've been wanting. For example, if they have a TV stand but would prefer a desk for their computer then offer to swap your desk with them, so both people get what they want!
This will make sure you don't have to pay any money, and it's a great way of getting rid of your old furniture as well as giving you new pieces. Just be sure that the other person will want what you're offering before agreeing on an exchange.
8. Haul old furniture to Dump
When all other methods fail, when you have tried every trick in your arsenal and nothing has worked for more than a few hours at best; it’s time to haul that old furniture of yours down into town so they can take care of it before things got real bad (or better yet- BEFORE). Most landfills offer free disposal services as long as there's no metal/lead paint involved, which means those secondhand items with loved ones wearing out arm bands will end up doing their job after being properly disposed of!
If you’re looking to reduce the stress of moving, start by getting rid of some things now. This will make it easier on your wallet and help lighten the load when it comes time to move out. You can also save yourself a lot of money in storage fees if you donate or sell items that are no longer useful before moving day arrives! To learn more about how we can help with this process, contact MyPromovers at (703) 310-7333 for an appointment today. We look forward to helping you prepare for your next big move!