A question frequently get asked by my clients when I’m asking them if they’re taking furniture etc to their new home, is “HOW DO I GET RID OF OLD FURNITURE?” That is a great question. With over 10,000 baby boomers retiring EVERY day in North America, and most of them downsizing, eventually, there is more unwanted items needing to be disposed of. Large furniture pieces are the most challenging to dispose of due to its sheer size.
There are alot of options to dispose of big furniture pieces but it takes time to figure this portion out so its best to start early, do your homework and not leave it to the last minute.
Here are options on how to dispose of those large pieces that you are not taking with you.
If you have alot of furniture that you are not taking with you to your next home, then an estate sale may be a good option for you. There are a number of companies that will for a fee or percentage of the sale, come in, assess prices on your furniture, set up the sale including promoting the sale, bring in staff and run the entire sale. Some people have had great success with estate sales, where others thought it wasn’t worth the effort for the amount of money they received for their furniture in the end.
If you’re doing a major clear out of furniture, you may want to do the estate sale after the house is sold since the furniture may be used for staging. It’s best to contact a realtor first to have them bring in a stager to assess what furniture they would use and what should go before you sell it all off.
With social media so popular now, its alot easier to sell unwanted furniture yourself. Marketplace on Facebook, Letgo, and Kijiji are just a few popular sources where people are able to sell their stuff. Beware when you have strangers come into your home. You may want to have another person with you just to be safe. Check out items that are like yours to see what your asking price should be.
Check with family & friends to see if they want to take anything off your hands. They might want some or know of someone who may need furniture. One person I know setting up their new home was able to get quite a bit of furniture off a friend of a friend who was downsizing.
Women’s Shelters/Low-Income Support Groups
Women’s shelters, organziations working with refugees & low-income families are always looking for furniture to help their clients get established again. Contact the organziations in your area to see what they need.
Not for profit organziations like Habitat for Humanity Restore, Furniture Banks, Diabetes Foundation, Kidney Foundation etc. are looking for good quality items they can sell in their not-for-profit stores to earn money to support their organziation. Most of them will actually pick up your items for free but there typically is a 2-3 week window for a pick-up date so you need to plan ahead.
Alot of thrift stores, take furniture that is in good condition. Depending on the size of the store, its best to call to see if they can take your items before you drop them off. Some of these stores are even getting full of large older and bigger sized furniture sets since smaller houses and condos can’t take these pieces either. Some thrift stores will pick up larger pieces. Again you need to plan ahead.
Pianos are a bit more of a challenge to get rid of. Ask your adult children if they want the family piano. If not, you can contact schools or churches to see if they want a piano. Unless its a fancy grand piano, you can’t expect much money if any, for an old upright piano. Unfortunately upright pianos are a dime a dozen now. You’re lucky if someone would be willing to pick it up and carry it away for free. Placing an ad in Kijiji or Marketplace advertising a free piano will hopefully attract a person willing to take it off your hands.
I’m Debi Collinson, a Designer. Stager. Stylist. Color Specialist. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my first home. The sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I never looked back. Since then, I have been helping clients make their homes look like they came out of a magazine. I have helped clients earn money for their home beyond their expectations.
Due to a growing need, I’m a Designer Helping Seniors with their Living Options. I’m an Aging-In-Place Specialist, Multigenerational Living Designer & I downsize seniors using my experience as a Certified Interior Decorator & Certified Home Stager.
I’m also a real estate investor. I buy “fixer uppers” and either flip them for a healthy profit, or turn them into profitable rental properties. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Come join me as I share my tips & secrets along the way.