It is inevitable that when you live at the same place for years or decades on end you will have some junk accumulate in the garage, basement, attic and, maybe even outside. If this is you, consider contacting a junk pickup service. Junk haulers are available to take away nearly any kind of junk from your home. They can even do appliance removal if you have a refrigerator or washer that no longer works.
The one disadvantage to using these junk haulers is the cost. Free junk removal would be nice, but unfortunately it does not work that way. Junk disposal companies want to be paid for their time and effort in removing junk from your home. So what options do you have if you aren’t willing to pay someone to haul away your junk? Why not consider these 4 free junk removal ideas:
Have a Yard Sale.
Yard sales are extremely popular, and some communities even have specific days for all the homeowners to sell their stuff. This is great because it removes the burden of advertising the yard sale yourself. The neighborhood group that sponsors the yard sale will take care of getting the word out and all you need to do is get your junk into the yard on the appointed day. This is especially helpful when your home is not on a highly trafficked road.
If your community does not sponsor this type of community yard sale, you can still use this free option yourself. Advertise in the local Penny Pincher magazine, put advertisements online at places like Craigslist and hang flyers at local businesses. You can also hang signs on heavily trafficked roads that give directions to the yard sale.
Sell It Piecemeal.
If you have only a few larger items to get rid of, a yard sale probably is not your best option. In this case, you are better off just advertising each individual item for sale. There are many online classifieds where you can do this, plus you can use the same method of hanging flyers in your neighborhood. Why pay for advertising if it is not necessary? This way you can get free junk removal and make some money as well.
If your junk consists of a good deal of clothing, baby items and small appliances you should consider selling them through a consignment shop. These shops will take your junk and display it in their shop. There is no fee involved, and they will pay you a portion of the sales price when they unload your junk. To be honest this type of shop is not an option if your junk is in particularly poor condition or extremely worn, but if you have a pile of fairly new junk (not that unusual) a consignment shop could be your best friend.
Give It Away.
If you are not concerned with making money from your junk, and you just want to get rid of it, why not donate it to charity. Organizations like Goodwill and The Salvation Army are more than happy to get your junk, provided it is in usable condition. You will not get paid, but you do get a tax deduction, the knowledge that you are helping others, and of course free junk removal. This is the method I’ve used to get rid of much of my junk, and I can tell you it feels tremendously rewarding.
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