Moving Feedback has researched some charity organizations that are ready to pick up your unwanted furniture from your home.
A move means a new start. Of course, a new start means new furniture. But what do you do with all your old stuff?
Your old furniture – assuming it’s still in good shape – can really help some folks in need. If you’re trying to downsize before your big move, it’s a great idea to donate your unneeded furniture to a qualified charity organization.
Donating your old belongings can reduce your load, help your community, and even make your move cheaper. If you’re ready to make your move more efficient (and lend a helping hand to a great cause) read on to see our top picks for the best charities that can pick up your furniture.
Don’t worry – you won’t have to lift a finger. There are tons of charities that can come to you, pick up your furniture, and haul it away for you. If you have furniture that’s in good shape, check out our top picks and start downsizing today:
Once you’ve decided on what you’re donating and what you’re taking with you to your new place, it’s time to get in touch with the charity of your choice. But there’s a few steps you should take to keep things easy for pickup:
Charities can’t just walk into your home to pick up your donation. It’s a liability issue. Instead, it’s good idea to move your donation outside, or – in the event of poor weather – somewhere out of your home but still easy to get into, such as a garage.
If for some reason you’re going to be out of the house when your charity comes to pick up your donation, you should clearly mark the item (or items) as ready for donation. Leave the furniture somewhere easy to spot and easy to access, and provide a label that’s easy to read.
You should take some extra time to get in touch with the charity of your choice before and after pickup. Call them beforehand to make sure they can accept your furniture, and get their specific requirements for pickup. If you want to be extra certain they got your donation, give them a call afterward to confirm everything went as planned.
If you’re planning a move, we always recommend downsizing. Moving company charge either per pound or per hour, and having less stuff to move in the first place is a great way to reduce the price of your overall move. Giving unwanted furniture to charity is good for the community, but it also streamlines your move and reduces the overall cost of moving day.
A lot of local charities like Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, or Goodwill will accept like-new or slightly-used furniture – you just need to find a branch near you, and they can pick up your donation. You can also use apps like Nextdoor to find if anyone near you is interested in free furniture.
There are a lot of charities out there, and some may seem more trustworthy than others. It can also be difficult to haul your stuff to a donation center, so you’ll want to contact a charity that can come to you and take your donation off your hands. Fortunately, the charity organizations on our list are all vetted and verified, and they offer quick and easy furniture pickup.
Every charity is different, but you’re usually not allowed to donate potentially dangerous items or pollutants like paint or chemicals. Kerosene or flammable liquids are also a no-go, and firearms, explosives, or other weapons are definitely not allowed (or legal to donate). To be extra sure, get in touch with your charity of choice to see what they want, and what they can’t accept.
Charity stores, such as Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity ReStores, all sell off donated items at steeply discounted prices. The money they make serves two important purposes: covering operations costs, and giving back to the community. Many charities have programs in place that help those in need find work, education, or job experience, and these programs can’t function without the money they get from reselling donated items.
If you’re planning a move, you’re planning a fresh start – and if you want the freshest start possible, why not start off with a simple move, a chance to buy yourself some new furniture, and some good karma to boot?
Charity organizations can pick up your donations and make moving day even easier. Get in touch with them today to schedule a pickup, and check back in with the team at Moving Feedback for more moving tips!