Need to get rid of Your Junk? Freecycle it!!

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with ADT Real Estate

Selling a home usually entails getting rid of, for lack of a better word, some junk. This can be handled in a variety of ways, from kicking it to the curb to hiring a service to remove it for you. I'd like to share something I use that's absolutely free and takes very little effort on your part to make happen. It's called Freecycle.

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Freecycle is an internet based swapping system, designed to make getting rid of your usable "junk" much easier to deal with. It's a community, like AR, so you have to sign up to be a part of the local group in order to post anything. Go to www.freecycle.org to find the group closest to you and sign up for a free membership. For example, my area is Wilkes-Barre, PA and we have our own group. I'm sure your area has at least one group, maybe more. Once you have the free membership, you can begin getting rid of whatever it is you need to get rid of.

JunkThe thing to remember is that the items must be in usable condition. If you have something that needs repair, you need to post it's condition honestly and, to be honest, someone will probably take it anyway. I have used this service to get rid of items from small appliances to whole furniture sets. I even gave away a 600lb organ once. The process is simple.

You go online and create a post, "offering" an item. You give a description of the item and it's location, leaving a way to contact you and let the service do the rest.  People will start contacting you right away to make arrangements to pick your item up. I've posted an offer and placed the item outside, stating that the first one to get to the item could take it away and 15 minutes later, it's gone. When the item is picked up, you simply post that it was taken and the process is over. It's that simple.

So, the next time you need to get rid of some items for yourself or for a client, don't throw them away, Freecycle them!

 

Until next time...

 

My name is Andrew Trevino. I am a Realtor, working in the Wilkes-Barre, PA area, and I'm affiliated with Realty World, Rubbico Real Estate. Thanks for investing your time in reading my blog. If you're interested in contacting me, please visit my website at http://www.wilkesbarrehomesales.com/

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Comments (21)

Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale
Jason---it really works, so give it a try and clean out some junk!
Oct 09, 2007 12:13 AM
Keith Perry
Coldwell Banker - Hiram, GA
REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta
Yes it works and all to well. Make sure the e-mail account you set it up on is not your business account. Good post Andrew.
Oct 09, 2007 12:17 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale
Keith and Robin---I learned that you need to set the auto e-mail to once a day, or you will definitely get flooded with responses and other posts. Good point, thanks!
Oct 09, 2007 12:29 AM
Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY
Realtor

Hi Andrew,

Great post and super information, the more information we could give our sellers to help would make us look even better.

Oct 09, 2007 12:45 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale
Thanks Anthony. I try to offer as wide a range of services as possible in order to help my clients out. Thanks for the comment.
Oct 09, 2007 12:47 AM
Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew-I had no idea this was available.  That's awesome! Thank you for sharing.  Do you ever find that the junk never ends?  We're always dejunking. We're always asking ourselves, where does it all come from? 
Oct 09, 2007 12:56 AM
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Andrew, my wife told me about Freecycle quite some time ago.  Glad to hear that it works.  Maybe when we start cleaning out our closets we can use this great service.
Oct 09, 2007 12:56 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Julie---I think it breeds in my basement!! Really. I go down there and I wonder, "where'd that come from?" Try freecycle, you'll like it I'm sure.

Brian---It works, it really does. I'm starting to sound like a moderator for freecycle now.

Oct 09, 2007 03:31 AM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Andrew - Great post about the value of this terrific service.  I haven't used them yet in Austin, but I probably will. 
Oct 09, 2007 07:24 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Jason---Great, just glad to be part of the team. ;-P

Oct 09, 2007 07:57 AM
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
This is sooooooooooooo great!!! I've been looking for something like this. There is a man in our church who buys rental storage units and throws away so much stuff. I told him that there are people who need the stuff he is throwing away. Thanks, Andrew!
Oct 09, 2007 09:12 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
Wonder if they have something out here such as this....will check it out.
Oct 09, 2007 09:19 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Elizabeth,

No problem. Oftentimes, what we consider to be junk is a much needed item for someone else. I'm just glad to help. Thanks for the comment.

Oct 09, 2007 09:20 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale
That's a great question Sally. I'll bet there is. Let us know.
Oct 09, 2007 09:24 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Sally,

There are 4 freecycle groups in Hawaii.

Oct 09, 2007 09:27 AM
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
ANDREW:  This sounds like a great site.  My only concern is that I'm basically giving out my home address to anyone that wants something for nothing.  Maybe I'm just a bit paranoid.
Oct 09, 2007 11:48 AM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ
You can also get things I picked up a great file cabint a quick coat of spray paint and good as new.
Oct 09, 2007 12:03 PM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Adam---You can control where and how things are picked up. I've delivered things to people before as well.

Hugh---Yes, I actually got an espresso machine that works quite nicely.

Oct 09, 2007 04:36 PM
Diane Velikis
Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate - Luzerne, PA
Luzerne County Real Estate
Andrew, I had no idea! Thanks for sharing the info! Boy do I run into some junk LOL
Oct 10, 2007 12:15 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale
Diane, I can imagine because I see it so much up here. I just did a walk-through last night on a property and there were various items the buyers want to get rid of in the house. I'll coordinate the pickups and they'll be good to go. It makes things much simpler.
Oct 10, 2007 04:13 AM