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.
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.
The 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/