If you’re moving out of your apartment and you have a couch, the last thing on your mind is how to dispose of it. After all, it’s just one more item to pack up, right?
Unfortunately for you, once you’ve moved out and gotten rid of all your other things (and possibly even rented a storage unit) that old couch might turn into the bane of your existence.
Not only will it take up space in your new place; it may also just be taking up space in the backseat or trunk of your car. So what do you do?
Well first off: stop reading this article because we’re not helping! Second: read on if you want some tips about disposing unwanted items responsibly.
Determine the Condition of Your Couch
The first step in the process is to determine the condition of your couch. If it’s damaged, then you can’t donate it – you might not be able to sell it either. You also won’t be able to throw away an unusable couch because that would be illegal.
If your couch is in good shape and has been thoroughly cleaned after its last use, then congratulations! You’re ready to move on with steps 2-5 below.
Consider Donating or Selling Your Couch
If you’re ready to get rid of your old couch, consider donating it instead of throwing it in the trash. You can donate the couch directly to Goodwill by dropping it off at one of their donation centers or having them pick up the item from your home.
This will help you save money on taxes if donating an item results in a charitable deduction on your tax return. You can also sell used couches online through sites like Craigslist and eBay (you’ll need an account).
Know Where to Take It for Disposal
Now that you know what to do with your old couch, let’s talk about where to take it.
If you have a local recycling program in place, then by all means go ahead and drop off the couch at their facility! You can also check out Earth911 or call your city government office for more information on recycling options in your area.
Many thrift stores will accept donations of furniture (and other household items). So, if there’s one nearby that interests you but doesn’t pick up from individuals directly.
Or, if they won’t take couches–you could always call them first before making plans with another charity organization like Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
If none of those options seem viable either way due to distance concerns or other factors beyond our control (such as having no friends), then what else can we do besides throw away everything? Well…not much really except maybe try taking advantage
Get a Licensed Junk Hauling Service to Remove it for You
If you’re not ready to part with your couch just yet and would rather have someone else take care of it, there are a few things you should know.
First, find a reputable junk removal service in your area (the Internet can help). Then call them up and ask for quotes on how much they’ll charge to pick up the couch as well as any other large items at your house.
Next pay by credit card so if something goes wrong with the transaction later on, there’s proof that they took payment from you. Finally, make sure they don’t charge extra for stairs or oversize items like couches or mattresses–those fees should already be included in their quote!
Never Leave a Couch on the Side of the Road
The biggest mistake you can make when disposing of a couch is leaving it on the side of the road. In most states, there are fines for doing this, and those fines can be quite hefty.
Plus, if someone is driving by at night and sees a couch sitting there on its own in the middle of nowhere, they may think it’s been abandoned or stolen. This can make them suspicious of other people’s belongings as well.
Even if you’re only planning to leave your couch outside for a few hours so you can get some help removing it from your home or apartment, try not to do so during the day when there are people around who might see you doing so.
Need a Couch Removal Service? Call Big Haul Junk & Recycling!
A couch is a great piece of furniture, but it’s not meant to last forever. If you’re looking to get rid of an old couch, there are many ways that can be done safely and responsibly.
The most important thing is knowing where your local recycling center or dump site is located so that they can accept the materials properly without harming the environment or wildlife in any way.
If you need to get rid of your couch and don’t know how, call Big Haul Junk & Recycling! We have a great reputation for professionalism and customer satisfaction. Our fleet of trucks and crews are ready to go at a moment’s notice. Plus, we have the best prices in town.
If you’re ready to get rid of that old piece of furniture today, give us a call!