Furniture pieces, no matter how good quality they are, have an expiry. For example, sofas can last between seven to 15 years with proper maintenance. However, some can get worn out faster. They may show signs of wear, including creaking noises, causing itchiness, and producing bad odours.
Whether you need to move to a new place or you plan to get new furniture, you may need to get rid of the old furniture that you have.
Unfortunately, you can already tell it is not that easy. Aside from being large and cumbersome, most furniture pieces are unwanted items. It is hard to dispose of the ratty couch that you have in your living room. When moving, you may even have other things that you need to get rid of, such as the old refrigerator or the trampoline in your backyard.
How do you dispose of these things conveniently and adequately? Here are some of the best choices:
- Resell Items in Good Condition
You can take advantage of how people rely on online buying to purchase some items. You have many options when it comes to selling furniture pieces online. If you have a Facebook account, you can list the item on the platform’s Marketplace.
From there, other users can see and directly enquire about the furniture. One of the best things about Facebook Marketplace is that you get to interact with people near you.
If your listing is not getting enough attention, you can also pay for Facebook ads. It increases your chance of other people noticing your listing, including those from other places.
Another option is Gumtree, where you can post an ad as well. Make sure you place a good title to gain some views – and eventually, a buyer.
Before selling, make sure the item is clean. Also, give it a reasonable price so that you can get rid of it quickly. It also helps if you take good pictures of the furniture.
Other websites or apps that you can try are eBay, Craigslist, Kaiyo, and Sell4You for those in Melbourne.
- Donate to Charities
If making extra money is not essential, and you just want to remove the furniture in your home, you can donate it to charity instead. Hundreds of outlets and non-profit organisations are looking for old yet usable furniture.
Note, however, that some places can reject the items you donate. If they think it is not useful for them, such as old and lumpy mattresses, your donation will not be accepted. Medical-type items may be rejected as well. Be sure that you contact the organisation first before sending anything to them. This way, you do not waste your time and effort in trying.
You can also post on Facebook so people who may need the old furniture will know about the unwanted furniture. Leave your contact details or let them send you a message. Alternatively, you can look for these people instead. Yes, it will take time, but it is one of the guaranteed ways to get rid of the piece.
- Resell Items in Good Condition
- Trade the Furniture
It is possible to trade furniture with other people. For instance, if you have a recliner that you no longer use, others may find it useful for them. You can place an ad on classified websites. You can also contact those who are willing to make the trade.
A handful of trade networks are available in Australia. It is usually easy to find someone who needs a couch or any other furniture you may have. After all, they are pricey, and others just want to save money. You can trade the piece for something you need.
- Call a Junk Removal Company
You can contact a junk removal company, and they will take care of the furniture for you. It is less stressful, especially for those who are moving to another city or country. The problem with these firms, though, is that they will charge high fees for their service. Convenience can be so expensive that you may want to look for other ways to get rid of bulky stuff.
Of course, if you have the budget and you do not mind paying the fees, you can still talk to a company that will remove the furniture in your home for you. Be sure that you only contact those with a good record. Some may be unprofessional and will take the couch, table, or any furniture to the landfill instead.
- Talk to Local Waste Management Groups
If you are having a hard time looking for a buyer or someone who will trade the furniture, you can contact the local waste management group. After talking to the manager, you will be given instructions on how they will help. Typically, they will tell you to place it at the curb. On the waste collection day, they will simply take the furniture that you have left outside your property.
Note, though, that it is illegal to place bulky items on the sidewalks unless they are scheduled for pickup.
An alternative is to go to a local scrapyard. Most of these shops will take large items, including sofas. They may gladly accept the furniture, but it is uncommon for them to do it for free. Therefore, you will still need to prepare some cash, just for them to help you get rid of the couch. It may be worth it, depending on your urgent need to remove the furniture.
- Haul It Away
Many consumers do not know that they can have their old items hauled away. If you have just bought a new piece of furniture, the company where you purchased it may accept the old one. It will be a big help since they will take care of the disposal for you. Most of the time, this service is free of charge.
Unfortunately, several companies no longer take old furniture away. If you are still deciding on a purchase, you can ask each of your top options. Then, select the one that allows you to get rid of your old furniture for free.
You may have to follow specific procedures before the staff removes the furniture from your home. Make sure that you read the fine print to know what you are dealing with. Another option is to buy from the same company where you purchased the old furniture. Typically, it is less of a hassle when the operators are the same.
It may not be acceptable for furniture deliveries though. However, it does not mean you cannot coax the delivery personnel to take the old stuff with them. It will surely cost you some money, but at least you did get rid of the furniture.
- Send It to the Landfill
When you have a pickup truck that can accommodate the furniture, you can dispose of it yourself. You can take it to the local dumpster, which will get rid of it for good. If you still have time, especially if you do not need to remove the furniture right away, you may want to contact the landfill in your area first. In doing so, you can enquire if there are available offers for bulk waste disposal. If you are lucky, they may let you dispose of the item without any charge.
Always call before deciding to send the items to the area landfill. This way, you know the rules and whether or not they allow public dumping. Others may let you throw rubbish – except for furniture.
- Trade the Furniture
- Hire a Skip Bin
Perhaps the easiest and most economical way to get rid of unwanted furniture is to hire a skip bin from Backyard Bins. Bulky items can fit in the bin. All you need to do is to place them inside the skip bins, and that’s it. You do not have to be concerned about hauling the items away. Backyard Bins will take care of the old furniture pieces for you.
Hiring a skip bin saves you a lot of time and effort. Instead of hiring a ute and going to the dumpster to take care of the waste disposal on your own, let the pros do it for you. You may be wondering what you can put in the bin. You can check out the list on this skip bin page, which includes white goods, metals, furniture, and timber.
In terms of furniture, you can place anything in the skip bin, including lounges, tables, chairs, and even beds. If you have a home office, you can also discard the items that you have there, such as your work table. You can take the opportunity to remove other unwanted possessions that you no longer use—for instance, old toys of your kids, as well as books and boxes. Any general waste items, except tree stumps, bricks, and sand, can be placed in the skip bin.
Do you have furniture pieces that you need to get rid of? Call Backyard Bins today.
Backyard Bins Team
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