Most people want to change their furniture every few years. The only problem is that they have nowhere to take the old furniture. If you are currently buying new furniture and are wondering what to do with the old, you should try furniture donation. It is simply donating your old furniture so that it can help people who dont have enough money to buy new furniture of their own.
Most people choose to donate rather than sell because for one, they are helping another person make a home and secondly, it can be quite a job to sell your furniture when you think about how much a garage or yard sale might make so little that it might not be worth the trouble.
You can make a donation to a very specific cause that you feel close to. Some people will donate to battered womens shelters for example because they know the pain of being in that position. Other people want to donate to colleges and universities so that students can be more comfortable. There is no limit to who will accept your furniture donation so long as you pick someone who needs it.
Another reason why so many people are willing to give away old furniture is that you can deduct its value from your taxes. Each item is valued at the current market rates and this can knock off quite a big chunk of your taxes. The Salvation Army can give you a guide that will give you the value of the more general items.
Environmentalists are keen on furniture donations and they have a very good reason to encourage you to do it. The furniture would otherwise end up as rubbish and will fill landfills. If it is in useable condition, why not let someone else use it for a few more years?
The economy also benefits from furniture donations. When people get rid of old furniture, they will buy new items and this is good business for anyone in the furniture line.
When you are donating furniture, there are some requirements
- The items that you donate must be in usable condition. Dont donate a sofa whose filling is pouring out or a bed that is broken. Give only items that are ready for use.
- Do not donate anything that has infestations be they of bedbugs, lice or any other mites. If you have been having an infestation problem, get everything cleaned out with the right chemicals before you donate.
- Dont clean anything that will be used by babies and toddlers using chemicals if it is infested. The baby who will use it may have a problem with the chemicals and they may get sick.
- Dont donate items that need cleaning. The organizations that receive them usually have no means to clean the things that they receive. If you want to donate, plan to have cleaners come in and clean the items or clean them yourself. Some could need a DIY paint job which you can do by yourself.
Furniture donation is a great way of giving to those who have less than you. A family could be sitting around your donated table eating dinner and bonding tonight!