Where to donate furniture when moving
Whither you are downsizing to a smaller home, putting items into storage while you travel or just purging before a move, deciding to donate some of your old furniture is a great idea. It will save you money on your overall relocation costs as wont have to pay movers to move it. It will also mean that you may now be able to get a smaller storage unit as you don’t have all that old furniture to store which can end up saving you hundreds depending how long you plan to be in storage, it also gives you a great excuse to by some nice new furniture for your beautiful new home and you can typically deduct the donations from your taxes. Donating furniture when moving is most of all a great idea because there are charities out there that really need these items and truly put them to good use. If you are not sure where to donate your furniture when moving we have compiled a list of great organizations who you can donate your furniture to.
Goodwill is an amazing organization with over 3200 stores across the country. Simply gather up the furniture that you want to donate and take it along to your nearest store. Some stores do offer a pick up service but it varies by region so give your local store a call first to see if they offer this service. They do have guidelines and standards on what they can accept it’s a good idea to check out their website for more details before you bring in your furniture.
The majority of the furniture that is donated to The Salvation Army will go into their stores to be resold but some of it will actually get used to furnish homeless shelters and also go directly to families in need. They do offer pick up services depending on your area and like most charities they will only accept donations that are in good condition.
Furniture banks of North America collect donations of gently used furniture and household furnishings and provide them at little or no cost to families struggling financially to furnish their own homes. You can find your local furniture bank by visiting them at Find My Local Furniture Bank They do charge a pick up fee based on the amount of items that you would like them to pick up but the pick up fee goes towards employing schedulers, drivers, navigators, and helpers to remove the items directly from your home or business and move them to their storage facility, paying rent on their storage and staging spaces and to help pay for the delivery costs of moving furniture to a family in need.
Habitat for Humanity aims to provide families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Their stores accept small and large donations of new or gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, building materials and more. Proceeds from the sales of these items help Habitat’s work in your community and around the world.
Pickup Please aims to make a difference in the lives of America’s Veterans and their families. The items you donate generate the majority of the funding to support local, state, and national programs of the Vietnam Veterans of America. They make the process of donating super simple but keep in mind that as a general rule, they only accept items that are small and light enough for one person to easily lift and carry.
At PickUpMyDonation.com you can enter your zip code, pick an organization you’d like to support, and then choose some times for your pick up. If for some reason your donation doesn’t meet the minimum criteria for a pick up, you’ll receive a list of local drop off locations along with a contact name and number if you’d like to speak with someone further.
Don’t for get that you can deduct the donations from your taxes.
After you have drop of your items or had them picked up, the charity should be able to provide you with a tax deduction receipt which can help to save you a lot of money come tax time.
Other ways to get rid of furniture
If you think your furniture is worth selling there are a number of great websites and apps out there to help you do it. Consider Craigslist, Facebook, Letgo, offerUp and Gone. You may be surprised at just how much some of your old furniture is actually worth.
If your furniture is in good condition you may want to think about taking it to a consignment store and having them sell it for you. They do typically take a high percentage of the sale proceeds but they do do all the work. Always be sure to ask first what their percentage is before giving them your furniture to sell.
May 23, 2018
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