Guest Blog Post By Order In The House, and Jennifer Young
Doing a quick online search for furniture removal in Toronto will bring up a wide assortment of options.
But what are the differences between each of them?
Which one is the best for your situation?
Whether you are moving, selling your home, downsizing, clearing out an estate or just decluttering, there are multiple options when it comes to furniture removal in the city. However, it’s important to know what kind of services are out there and what each one can offer. So, we’ve decided to break down your options when it comes time to give your furniture the old heave ho!
Let us help you make the most informed decision.
1. City of Toronto Curbside Pickup
If you live in a house in Toronto, check the City’s calendar for scheduled garbage collection days. Furniture that can’t fit into the City garbage bins (such as mattresses or sofas) are considered oversized items and extra pick-up tags are not required. The pick-up is free but all furniture will go straight into the City’s landfills. Please note that renovation waste will not be accepted for City of Toronto curbside pickups.
2. Junk Removal Companies
Heavy and bulky items can be difficult to get out onto your curbside. Junk removal companies (such as 1-800-GOT-JUNK, Just Junk and 1-800Rid-OF-IT ) will come into your home for a fee and movers will haul away your unwanted furniture. These companies are for-profit but many claim to recycle and donate wherever possible, plus you don’t need to lift a finger. It’s easy!
3. Thrift Shops
There are many thrift shops in Toronto that will accept gently used furniture. The most commons shops are Value Village and Salvation Army. Some of the proceeds may go towards a community charity. Unfortunately, most thrift shops do not have a pickup service.
4. Habitat for Humanity ReStore
If you are planning a home renovation, consider contacting your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They will come into your home to dismantle and remove your old windows, doors, functional appliances, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, and even light fixtures. This salvage service is free! The items will then be sold at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores – where all proceeds go back to fund Habitat for Humanity activities. The ReStores also accept donations of selective furniture items, lighting fixtures, and more.
5. Consignment Stores
If you’re downsizing to a new condo and require smaller pieces or visa versa, then this is a great option for you. Prior to placing furniture on consignment, it’s important to consider its condition, era and quality – these details will all play a factor in whether or not they will be accepted under the store’s terms and conditions. Keep in mind that terms do vary between vendors, but you’re typically looking at a 45-55% return on the sale price if and when your item sells. However, if items do not sell after a certain period of time, you are usually responsible to make alternative arrangements for the items. Some local favorites include Of Things Past, The Singing Lady and The Millionaires Daughter.
Some consignment stores offer pick up services, which are usually subcontracted to a moving company. However, you may be required to find your own solution to deliver the furniture to some consignment stores, so keep that in mind when considering this option.
6. Online Alternatives
When it comes to selling online, there is no shortage of options. Kijiji, Craigslist and even Facebook groups are a great option when trying to make a little return on some no longer needed furniture. You may want to price a little higher so you have room to bargain with potential buyers. Some of the disadvantages that come with an online option include dealing with multiple inquiries, scheduling pickups and bargain hunters. If you have a demanding schedule, this may not be the right avenue for you.
Most online ads for furniture stipulate that the buyer is responsible for transport. If you don’t have a vehicle that would allow you to move large pieces with ease, be sure to indicate pick up as one of your conditions. On that note, if you have a garage or shed that can properly store your pieces of interest, we suggest you take them out there prior to selling. It’s always safer to have strangers stay outside of your home and to make sure you have a witness with you when completing any face to face transactions.
7. Furniture Banks
For a fee, most furniture banks offer a furniture pick up and removal service for your gently used furniture and household items. A truck will come to your home, the driver and helper will remove your furniture, and bring it back to their respective furniture bank to give to give to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and displacement. You will also get a tax receipt for the fair market value of the items you are donating.
It’s simple. You can eliminate landfill waste, help a family, avoid the heavy-lifting, and you get a tax receipt for your furniture donation.
Here’s a list of furniture banks across Ontario:
- Furniture Bank (Toronto) (thats us!)