Companies That Will Pick Up Donations For Free

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Who Will Pick Up Donations at My House?

Are you going to be selling your home in the near future? If so, you will want your property to look its absolute best. Homes that are in show-ready condition will sell quicker and for more money. Real Estate agents are always preaching to their clients the need to get their home staged and with good reason!

When getting ready to move, you will be clearing out closets and finding stuff you no longer need. Things you don't want to take with you on the move or items you don't have a use for anymore. You could just throw them away, but there are better options.

Organizations are ready and willing to take away things like furniture, household items, and clothes. They will pick up donations for free, saving you the hassle of dealing with these items when you have so much else to do preparing for your move.

Companies that pick up your stuff allow you to help various charitable groups while making your life easier. Not only will you be improving the look of your home when selling, but you'll be helping families in need in the process. Have a great feeling by doing something really awesome for someone who truly needs help.

Many of these companies will also pick-up harder to get rid of items like furniture. Furniture donation pick-up services are made simple with these companies. Maximum Real Estate Exposure has an excellent resource for reviewing charities.

When people consider donating, they often find it troublesome to think about bringing their things somewhere. Well, you don't have to!

Let's also take a look at a brief review of some of the organizations and how your donations support people in need. Giving away your stuff will be the best low-cost staging you can possibly do.


GreenDrop operates on the east coast and distributes donations to thrift stores or recycles. Not only do they offer free pick up, but they also have a program called Home Clean-Out. This service helps you clear through your possessions and is useful if you need to get rid of a lot of your things.

The profits of this organization go towards the American Red Cross, National Federation of the Blind, and Military Order of the Purple Heart, among others. They will accept household goods, clothes, toys, tools, and much more.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army operates around the world, helping in developing countries with disaster relief and serving shelters for the homeless. Their site has an online form to arrange for collection of your unwanted items. This isn't available in every location; however, instead, you should be able to find a number to call for a local pick up.

The salvation army will take vehicles, furniture, appliances, clothing, and more. There are a few things they won't accept; their website will have the latest details on that.


When you donate to Goodwill, the money they make through auctioning your items online or selling them in their stores will go towards training to help people in your community find work. If there is a Goodwill location near where you live - and 85% of US households live within a short distance of one - you can contact them to find out when they can collect your things.

They will happily take most cars, SUVs, RVs, and boats, among other things, even if they don't run. Furniture, clothing, and electronics are just a few of the other things which you are able to donate to them.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat For Humanity is a nonprofit which works to build homes and communities using volunteer labor. They operate stores that sell on items in order to help fund the building of houses for people in need around the world.

They offer to pick up donations for free once a week. Contact your nearest Habitat for Humanity ReStore to arrange to pick up. They take building materials as well as the more normal items like appliances, vehicles, and furniture.

Pick Up Please

The Vietnam Veterans of America operate the Pick Up Please program. You can schedule a pick up by using their online calendar, and you can leave your items outside your home. You will need to label them so that the driver knows what to collect if you aren't in at the time.

They don't currently operate in every state and city; however, check their site for the latest information.

Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank helps people in need, the unemployed, battered women, and previously homeless people by providing them with basic furniture. They will also take cars, working or not. They operate in 34 states, check their website to arrange your donation to be collected.


Local veterans are supported by your donations to Amvets. Some of the furniture will go directly to veterans in need, other items are sold, and the proceeds go to help veterans as well as their families.

To arrange a pick up fill out their online form. You can leave items outside your home if you aren't in at the time of pick up. Besides furniture, they will take appliances, curtains, TVs, computers, books and more.

The Arc

Donations of clothing or furniture to The Arc help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities through more than 1,000 community programs across the country. They have local chapters of the organization which you can contact to schedule a pick up of your things. Details are available on their website.

Other Options For Getting Your Home Ready

Maybe you don't have anything to give away, but you still want your house to look fabulous? De-cluttering will never go out of style when it comes to selling a home. Another option for getting your property looking its best will be to seek out a self-storage company nearby your house.

You may want to do a Google search for something like "storage units near me." You may also want to review these storage company prices. Doing this kind of search should provide you with a tremendous amount of valuable information. You'll be able to have a comparison of all the local companies at your fingertips.

Final Thoughts on Companies That Will Take Your Stuff

Whether you have a lot of furniture to get rid of or smaller items such as books, toys, pictures, clothes, and other household items, seeking out a charity is an excellent way to accomplish your goals. Take the time to make your home look presentable, and you will be in a position to start the next phase of the process by hiring a skilled local real estate agent.

More Excellent Real Estate Resources

  • How to make a home show-ready - would you like your home to be in the best possible shape before it goes on the market? I am quite sure you are nodding your head yes. Take a look at how you can get your property to be in show-ready condition. Buyers will love the fact you have got pride of ownership and have made the home as turn-key as possible.
  • Tips to compare storage companies - are you going to be doing an interim move or just want to make your property look that much better for home buyers? Whatever the case may be, renting a storage unit could be your ticket to a far less cluttered home. See some great tips at finding a storage facility to suit your needs.

Use these excellent real estate articles to make great decisions when you are going to be selling a house.



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Bill Gassett is a thirty-two year veteran to the real estate industry. He enjoys providing helpful information to buyers, sellers and fellow real estate agents to make sound decisions. His work has been featured on RIS Media, National Association of Realtors, Inman News, Placester, RESAAS, Credit Sesame and others.

Comments (6)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Bill Gassett - I always use the Veterans but it is a different one form Amvets.

Jan 31, 2020 06:55 AM
Bill Gassett

Do you know which company it is? A national charity or just a local one?

Jan 31, 2020 07:04 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

That's a good "healthy" list of organizations who will pick up items....

when I downsized, I was fortunate.... people in my RE/MAX office removed all the large furniture that would not fit where I am now... went from 100' cape to a 32'.... LOL

Jan 31, 2020 07:19 AM
Bill Gassett

Barbara it is always great when you have some friends to help when moving.

Jan 31, 2020 07:34 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bill,  great blog and information for us to pass on to people.  Make it a great Super Bowl Weekend.


Jan 31, 2020 08:03 AM
Bill Gassett

Thanks for the compliments Will Hamm.

Jan 31, 2020 01:08 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We just cleaned out my mother inlaw's townhome to get it ready to list & had the Salvation Army come pick up some things. They were on time, professional & very thankful for the contributions.

Jan 31, 2020 02:13 PM
Bill Gassett

The Salvation Army is awesome Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Jan 31, 2020 02:15 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope 2020 is a great year for you.

Feb 03, 2020 02:33 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I always drop mine myself and go inside to check what they have. Last time i was literally shocked by the prices they  charge for the donated staff ( at least here in L.A. ) . I'm seriously considering selling my staff on ebay or offer.up 

Feb 29, 2020 03:14 PM

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