As you are heading towards the finishing stages of selling your home you begin to realize how much stuff you still have laying around. You’ve got furniture, rugs, old appliances, old clothes still in boxes with moth balls in the attic, and I’m sure many other things! What is a person to do when the closing date is just days away?
Couches, Love Seats, Tables, and The Like
Ridding yourself of your furniture should be a simple process if it is still in good shape. Charities like The Goodwill , The Salvation Army, and The Laurel House will accept couches, dressers, chairs, love seats, tables and many other pieces and sometimes they’ll even come to your home and pick them up for free. For any furniture left over after the charities are done, call on your local junk removal company to come and pick up the rest. Prices for these services will fluctuate depending on the size and sometimes the weight of your items (and sometimes even difficulty of getting them out of your home i.e. stairs, narrow hallways, etc.).
Mattresses and Box Springs
It seems as we have been hearing more and more stories about the latest bed bug infestation going around the country. Couple this problem with the high gene of some people and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster. Charitable organizations will not accept mattresses and box springs any longer because the risk of spreading disease or infestation is too high and to top it off, your neighborhood garbage man won’t even take them as they are too big and bulky to throw in with your household garbage. You will either have to strap these items on top your sedan or call your local junk removal/hauling company.
Appliances: Refrigerators, Range tops, Stoves, Washer and Drying Machines
Have you ever known someone that just can’t throw something away? I’m sure we all do. A classic example of this is when you first buy a new stove or refrigerator and say “well it’s not broken, let’s put it in the garage for cousin Vinny to swing by and pick it up” only for it to be left to rust and become outdated. So sad. Well, now you’re approaching closing date and you still have still hunks of metal that no one wants. Garbage companies won’t tough these back pains with a ten foot pole but your local junk hauling company will, it’s what they specialize in!
I figured I’d close this article on an easy note and discuss the various ways you can donate your clothing. First stop is to check and see if there is anything worth reselling. Yes, you heard correct, old clothing (depending on the brand) still holds value in the secondary market. Call your local second hand or consignment store to find out what types of brands and seasons they’re currently accepting. Second stop is to throw the rest of the clothing into big black garbage bags and head down to The Goodwill and drop it off. If you are able to find an actual Goodwill branch, instead of the big metal containers that may be around a CVS or Stop & Shop, you’ll receive a tax deductible receipt for you to put towards your year-end taxes. This will lower your adjusted gross income and in turn lower your overall tax bill. How sweet is that?! Donating to a good cause and lowering your tax bill, wow!
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