How to get rid of your large, unwanted bulk items.
When you want to get rid of large household items, it can be a serious hassle. Bulky, huge, and difficult to transport; bulk item disposal can be a nightmare. Many are left wondering how to get rid of these items once and for all with the least amount of effort.
Let’s take a look at your options for removing bulk waste from your life.
Sell Your Unwanted Bulk Items at a Garage Sale
It is important to remember the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
When it comes to getting rid of large items, never forget that your solution may be as easy as planning a garage sale. If you have kids, they may think a garage sale is fun and enjoy making money on their old toys. It could end up being a memorable family event.
How to make money at a garage or yard sale
Not only will people take the unwanted items off your hands at a yard sale, but you will get paid in the process. Of course, this only works if you have many potential shoppers and the goods you place in your garage sale are of interest and in respectable condition.
What sells best at garage sales?
You’ll find that the garage sale strategy works well with items such as washers and dryers, televisions, couches, and antiques. Seasonal items, such as outdoor furniture, will also do quite well at a garage sale. You never know which items will sell at your garage sale.
If you have the time to plan an event and a lot of large household items to get rid of, then a garage sale may be the perfect solution for you!
Throw Away Your Bulk Waste
One great way to deal with bulk waste is to contact your city to see if they will pick it up. Cities typically have an annual or monthly bulk item pickup day and time for larger items, like old appliances, sectional sofas, and other large pieces of unwanted furniture.
Unfortunately, not all cities participate in free bulk item pickup, so this approach does have limitations.
Landfills are an option for bulk waste if you have a truck capable of hauling larger items. Be prepared that landfills can be surprisingly selective in regards to what they will take and most landfills in the United States are severely over-filled.
Most likely, you will be turned away, if you try to take a used appliance to the dump. Plus, most appliances will harm the environment, including adding more ground pollution in your city. So, be sure to figure out all the logistics before you start loading up your items into your truck.
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Renting a Dumpster
Renting a dumpster is another possibility for disposing of large household items. Dumpster rental isn’t very cheap, but can be great for DIY home renovation projects.
Choosing the right size dumpster
You will have to carry everything outside to the dumpster yourself, so make sure you are renting the correct size dumpster.
Choosing the correct dumpster rental size can be quite tricky because most dumpster rental companies will try to up-sell you on the expensive larger dumpster. Many people end up making the mistake of renting a 10-yard dumpster only to find out that they actually need something bigger. Larger dumpsters are much more expensive to rent, and you’ll have to find a place to put it on your property or on the street in front of your house.
We recommend choosing a 15-yard dumpster because:
- 15 Yard dumpsters are low enough you can reach over the top.
- 15 Yard dumpsters have a door you can actually walk into.
- 15 Yard dumpsters will fit in your drive-way and not ruin your front yard.
- 15 Yard dumpsters are cheaper to buy extra pulls, because they are lighter and fit on most roll-off trucks.
Learn more about renting a dumpster with LoadUp.
Bulk items that cannot go into a dumpster
Be sure to familiarize yourself in advance with what you are not allowed to put into a dumpster so that you do not get charged extra or have to unload the dumpster yourself. Some dumpster rental companies have long lists of prohibited items.
Donate Your Unwanted Household Items
Donations can be another way to get rid of household items that you don’t want. Yet, donating, like garage sales and city pickups, does have its limitations.
Not every item is easy to donate.
What might be tricky to donate?
If a clawfoot tub is in great shape there are plenty of people who want to buy it or you can donate it. But if it’s not in great shape, you’ll likely face an uphill battle to get rid of the clawfoot tub, because they are heavy and therefore, quite difficult to transport.
The same holds true for other large household items such as sectional sofas. If your pets haven’t destroyed the sofa and it’s not showing too many signs of wear, then selling or donating the item could be an option.
You might run into issues with some larger household items
Some household items fall into a special category, and you’ll really have to think things through ahead of time. A good example of a large household item that may fall into a special category is a hot tub. A hot tub can be sold, but it can also be traded in if you decide to get a new one.
Before you decide to get rid of your hot tub, you’ll want to be sure to disconnect all utilities and drain the tub. Additionally, you’ll want to read the manual so that you know how and where the tub is connected. Even if you did the install yourself, the odds are excellent that the tub was installed years ago, and there may be particulars about the install that you simply don’t remember.
A storage shed is a prime example of an item that could be problematic to dispose of in a timely manner if it’s not in good shape. A storage shed that is in very good shape may definitely be something you can donate. However, after just a few years, storage sheds typically look rather worn out. If your storage shed is made of metal, it can quickly rust and become a hazard. No one wants your old rusted out storage shed.
The condition of an item greatly impacts how difficult it may be to get rid of that item.
Recycling Your Bulk Household Items
Of course, just recycling something like a big storage shed can be tricky due to its size. You might have to break it down by hand in order to get it to a recycling center. That means you’ll need gloves and safety goggles. Make sure you and everyone involved has a tetanus shot. Get your tools ready for some serious labor.
Before you pick up a single tool, be sure that you call your local recycling center and see if they have any restrictions on what they will take. It is quite common for recycling centers to have a long list of restrictions, so be sure to check first before showing up with a massive haul of bulk waste only to be turned away.
Bring in a Junk Removal Company
If you are looking for the easiest option possible, you should consider LoadUp for your bulk pickup. Our company removes and disposes of a surprisingly large array of items, and we do so in an eco-friendly and responsible manner.
Our convenient booking system allows you to pick and choose the exact household items you want removed for a real-time price. We would never make you wait around for an on-site estimate.
If you are just the Do-it-yourself type, we offer dumpster rentals too! Just reach out or book online to us and we will let you know up front the pricing you need in advance.
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Why you should choose LoadUp Junk Removal & Dumpster Rentals
Americans produce a simply staggering amount of trash every year. In fact, Americans produce a whopping 50 million tons of trash annually in the form of remodeling and construction waste alone. When you opt for LoadUp to dispose of your bulk waste, you can be sure that any harmful materials contained in your large household items will be dealt with in a responsible fashion. We take pride in the fact that we recycle and dispose of all items we pick up for disposal.
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