If you’ve been at your current location for a long time, it’s common to have a collection of equipment that’s built up over the course of many years. Whether it’s furniture, office supplies, printers, desks, computers, chairs, filing cabinets, or a kitchen microwave, sorting through your equipment beforehand will help save on moving costs. Figure out which items are a necessity in bringing over to the new space and which ones you can get rid of.
Moving can be a great time to upgrade some of your equipment if you can’t remember the last time you purchased certain things. Here’s a few ideas what you can do with the unwanted office equipment when you move:
Find a school or nonprofit organization that could benefit from your equipment. There are several places that will sell it and use the proceeds for a charity. Some places will even come pick it up. Donating also benefits the planet in that not using a dumpster, materials are kept out of landfills.
Goodwill is one of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations. When you donate to Goodwill, you create opportunities for individuals in your community looking to find a job and build skills, including veterans and military families, single mothers and many others. They offer an on-site tax-deductible receipt. For a list of the nearest Goodwill drop-off location, see www.goodwill.org
Habitat for Humanity Restore
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. They are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Many even offer free pickup of large items. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world. Find the closest location here.
The Furniture Trust
To keep old office furnishing in your local community, The Furniture Trust is a great resource. They manage the labor and logistics around the donation and guarantee a positive impact to your bottom line- budget, community and the environment (www.thefurnituretrust.org).
The National Center for Children and Families
You can also donate furniture to The National Center for Children and Families. NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families. For a list of collected items, see https://www.nccf-cares.org/donate-goods/
If some equipment can’t be reused you can always recycle unwanted office equipment which will can help reduce moving costs. Recycling is good for the environment. Landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil pollution – roughly 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled (rubiconglobal.com). Green Standards is a specialized environmental firm that works with corporations and other large organizations to responsibly redistribute no-longer-needed surplus office furniture, equipment and supplies.
Another option is to sell unwanted equipment. If the new tenant moving in is interested in purchasing furniture and other equipment, it’d be less hassle for you to move out and for the new company to worry about bringing new equipment in.
Some office furniture dealerships will also buy back used furniture to resell. This could be an option for your company to make some money or possibly get trade-in credit on your new future.
Once you’ve sorted through your equipment and are ready to move, we are here to help! We work with each of our customers to create a moving plan that will best fit you and your specific needs, each plan is made with you the customer in mind.
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