Are you planning on moving in Chicago this spring, summer, or fall? If you're feeling…
Whether you’re selling your home or changing apartments, moving can be both exciting and exhausting. More often than not, you will have some extra junk that you don’t want to take along. Below is a comprehensive list detailing all of your options for getting rid of that unwanted junk.
1. Estate sale–If you have a significant amount of valuable items you will not be taking with you, an estate sale is a full-service option. While the estate sale company will take a portion of the revenue, they will manage the whole process, making it much less labor-intensive than some other options.
2. Garage sale–If you would like to attempt selling your items yourself, a garage sale is a good option. Advertise well a week in advance all the way up to the day itself, and price your items to sell and you should be able to reduce your accumulated junk significantly.
3. eBay–If you have given yourself enough time before your moving date, use eBay to sell as many of the shippable items as you can. Remember, your goal is to reduce your junk, not to make a business out of it; so price your items and set your minimums to sell on the first try.
4. Craigslist–This is your best option for furniture and other difficult-to-ship items that you may be able to make a few bucks on. Just use common sense and be careful when working with craigslist. While it is a great tool to bring people together, it is unregulated and unsupervised leaving you on your own to screen potential buyers.
5. Local church or community center–Call your local church or community center and ask if they have programs to donate old furniture or clothing.
6. Salvation Army–This is a good option because they will actually send a truck out to your home to pick up your items. They are a good organization that does great things for people in need. Having said that, be sure to schedule them far in advance and have a backup plan in place such as the ones described below. Salvation Army can be unreliable at times and is fairly picky about what they will and will not take.
7. Friends or family–Don’t forget to ask all of your friends and family to take whatever they want! You might be surprised to find out cousin Bill does, in fact, want your coffee table from the ’80s!
8. Garbage collection–Inevitably, after selling and/or donating your things, you are still going to have some junk left. If it’s a small amount, you can be rid of it immediately. As long as your municipality will accept it, just put it out in your garbage and you’re finished!
9. Dumpster–Most of us, however, have stuff that just won’t fit into any of the above categories. For this remaining junk, one option is to rent a dumpster and recruit some friends or family to help you load it. You will have to do some estimating to ensure you get the appropriate size dumpster for your stuff. If the dumpster you order is too big, you will be paying for wasted space. If it is too small, you will have to order a second one which will be even more costly.
10. Junk Removal–Another option is to hire a junk removal company. Junk removal companies provide both the labor and trucks to remove the items from your house for you. Typically if you have a small amount of stuff left, this is less expensive than a dumpster. If you have a significant amount of stuff left, it may cost a little more. Since these companies will be sending workers into your home, do a little research to be sure they are reputable and insured.
Hope this helps and good luck with your move!