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Couch Removal

Couch Removal 101: The Guide to Disposing that Old Couch from Your Life

There it is, sitting in your living room. The old reminder of when you thought floral patterns were your style.

– It is time for a new couch.

 The question is, how do you get rid of the old one?  Couch removal can be as easy as knowing someone fresh out of college who would love any form of seating, regardless of the pattern. Rest assured, however, if you don’t know a recent grad, you still have several options.

Donating With Free Couch Pick Up

A great option to try first would be to donate it, giving the couch a second life and it can help a lot of people along the way. A great service to use is the Salvation Army as they offer a free couch pick up service. By using the Salvation Army you are supporting their Adult Rehabilitation Centers which provides work, shelter, food and other wonderful things for those in need. The couch will then be sold to another family looking for affordable options for their home and in the end that one couch will have helped out countless men and women through its journey from your home to the next.

 I know what you are thinking right now. “Done, lets do it! Why would I even need your other options?”. Unfortunately, the Salvation Army will not pick up every couch they come across. They have quality restrictions, like stained or torn fabric, that permit them from taking it. Make sure that when you are scheduling the couch removal you describe anything that might exclude it from being picked up. Also mention things like what level of a house or apartment building it is on, if it is in a home where cats or dogs live, or if it is ripped, stained, or worn. If you are unsure, just ask them.

Using the Internet to get rid of Your Couch

So the couch is not in terrible shape but sadly the Salvation Army was not able to help you. Well, this next option might be a great way to get it off your hands while finding it a second home. If you’re lucky you might end up with some extra cash in your pocket.  Craigslist is a great resource for disposing of your unwanted couch. If it happens to be in a good condition you may be able to put a price tag on it, but be prepared for some haggling. You can also list it for free with the stipulation that the receiving party must come to pick it up.

This is a great way to connect with people in your area that you do not know otherwise, but that does mean you have to be careful. If you are selling it make sure to mention cash only. No credit cards or checks,  and definitely no money orders or transfers.

If you do have an interested party coming to your home to look at or pick up the couch make sure you have a friend or family member with you.

Using a Professional Company for Couch Removal

If you cannot donate your couch to charity and you are not comfortable selling it online. This third option will cost a little bit of money but it comes with peace of mind and the comfort of knowing your couch will be removed with little effort on your part. When hiring a professional junk removal company for your couch removal needs you will get an experienced and insured crew scheduled to come and remove the couch from your home in a quick and clean manner.

What happens with the couch after it is picked up? A professional company will do everything they can to either find a second home for it or properly recycle it. Junk Relief works closely with charities and resellers to donate the item or find it a second home. If that can not be done they will try everything they can to recycle it. Junk Relief strives to be as eco-friendly as possible and reduce landfill waste, which is one reason it is always recommended to try donating your couch first.

Now the next time you decide to upgrade and get rid of that old couch you have some great couch removal options to consider.


Joe Weidman

Joe is a Chicago native, born and raised in Elmhurst. He founded Junk Relief more than 10 years ago and has worked with more than 20,000 homeowners and businesses throughout Chicagoland. His passion for starting a business in junk removal stemmed from seeing the need to do things differently. He prides himself on his company's model to provide unexpectedly professional service.


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