If you’re ready to get rid of yours, there are a few things you’ll want to consider before making a final decision.
To begin with, you have to ask yourself the question: “Can I afford to get rid of it?” Furniture and appliance removalists will charge around $150-$200 for a one-man job. If there are multiple items involved or you live in a grander home then expect to be stung at least $300.
What if your couch is still essential? Could someone else profit from using the couch instead? Maybe a friend or family member could use it as their own, maybe they’ll take it off your hands.
You can go online and try sites like Facebook or eBay–the latter being more preferable especially on the grounds that eBay offers buyer protection which Facebook doesn’t seem to offer…at least not yet.
Alternatively, if you know any couch repair specialists or sofas in good condition that want to be reupholstered, try them out first before just chucking the old one.
Will it be difficult for you to find another coach that will match your current furniture or décor style once this one is gone?
Don’t just replace it for the sake of replacing it. It’s a good idea to get rid of furniture that doesn’t fit your personality and style, but if you find that you simply like a different style chair or couch better then maybe keep the old one around as a spare while you shop for the current trendiest chairs and couches on the market?
Are there any sentimental reasons why you can’t get rid of it?
If so do consider them carefully before tossing them away. The sentimental value of an item is worth thinking about even though it has only been in your life for a short time (e.g. childhood toys, etc.). However, don’t get stuck with something that holds bad memories either — if moving house with it would be full of pain and suffering then maybe you should get rid of it instead.
Bonus tip: Before deciding to remove the couch, consider thinning out any other items from your home and make room for it instead; so if you’re getting rid of a couch that has been taking up space in your lounge room then why not try getting rid of anything else big in size also? It may seem like a hassle at the time, but think about how much more space you’ll have once the old one is gone.
Is it worth paying someone else to haul away the old one for you?
The logistics of it can be a headache, as it takes up space in your vehicle and makes the whole trip to the dumpster/scrap yard more stressful than necessary.
So if you’re thinking about paying someone else to get rid of the couch you should consider whether or not it’ll be worth your while instead — take into account that by hiring an independent service you will likely have to pay additional costs for:
- additional fuel costs (for larger moving distances where hiring a truck or trailer would be required)
- insurance (to cover damage to property during transit and removal)
- disposal fees (to cover costs of taking rubbish to the dump)
You may think that hiring a friend or family member is always okay but this could lead to complications down the track. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend doing this unless you have already talked to them about it beforehand. It’s usually a recipe for arguments, or at least feelings of resentment later on.
So what are your thoughts? Do you think that hiring someone else is the best way if you don’t want to do it yourself? We’re here to help!