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Out with the Old: Why You Need Professional Furniture Disposal Services

We all have that one piece of furniture that has seen better days. That old couch with the mysterious stains, the wobbly dining table, the kids’ broken desk from school. At some point, it’s time to say goodbye, but getting rid of old or unwanted furniture is often easier said than done.

Lugging heavy, unstable junk furniture up and down stairs or trying to tetris it out through narrow hallways is a fast track to injury. And even if you safely get it to the nature strip, you might still cop some angry letters from the council.

Hiring professional furniture disposal services takes the stress out of the situation completely. Read on as we break down the key reasons you need the experts to handle the removal process and show you what it involves from pick-up to eco-friendly recycling.

Removing Old and Broken Furniture Safely

Let’s say you have an old pine bookshelf from the 90s that’s on its last legs. It weighs a solid 50kg and stands awkwardly in a tiny nook in your upstairs study. (Don’t ask how it got up there in the first place). How exactly will you get it back down the narrow spiral staircase in one piece? You need at least two strong people just to stabilise it, let alone manoeuvre it around tight corners. And texting your group chat for help can only get you so far.

Professional junk removal teams, however, come fully equipped. With the right trolleys, sliders, lifting tools and safety techniques, they make easy work of even the most problematic disposal scenarios:

  • Navigating extremely heavy or unstable objects down staircases and around tight corners
  • Carrying long or bulky items through narrow doorframes without damaging the furniture or property
  • Dismantling larger pieces into more manageable pieces if needed
  • Lifting and loading items into specialty trucks from upper floors or other spaces with restricted vehicle access

Having an experienced crew handle the process means you avoid pulled muscles, damaged property, unnecessary stress and accidents or injuries. And with public liability insurance as standard, you’ve got peace of mind if the worst somehow happens.

Making Space and Decluttering Effectively

Ever struggled for ages to shift an old piece of furniture like a hefty wooden desk, only to find it leaves ugly scrape marks or holes in the wall and floors once removed? With emotions running high, it’s all too easy to dent a doorway or mark nice floorboards when shunting heavy household rubbish around.

The experts, however, come armed with protection materials specifically for avoiding this damage during transit – saving you from extra repair costs down the track.

And don’t underestimate the visual clutter large junk pieces create in shared living areas either. We’ve all had that ugly school desk dumped in the front lounge room for months because we just can’t work out how to get it out ourselves without destroying half the house! Having it gone in under an hour frees up both physical and mental space considerably.

You can finally reclaim those precious square metres and rearrange your furniture how you’ve always imagined it – opening up the room visually and functionally.

Keeping Useful Materials Out of Landfills

In 2021 Australia generated approximately 75.8 mega tonnes (Mt) of waste – enough to fill 960,000 Olympic swimming pools. And sadly, over half of this ended up as landfill, with the rest diverted through recycling programs.

Bulky items like old couches, broken shelves, worn office furniture and outdated appliances represent some of the worst environmental offenders. Their size and mixed material components make them especially challenging for standard recycling processing.

As a result, thousands of tonnes of still useful or repairable materials end up buried and wasted every year. This represents lost resources and unnecessary impacts linked to climate change, like greenhouse gas emissions from waste decomposition.

Professional furniture disposal services, however, aim to give new life wherever possible. Rather than immediately trashing valuable resources, they have networks allowing specific material streams to be separated and redirected for reuse by those in need.

Timber gets recycled into products like outdoor decking, fabrics go to artists and restorers, and metals are scrapped for ongoing remanufacture. Those pieces that are past repair may get dismantled, so base components find other purposes. All maximising reuse and reducing the volumes going to landfill unnecessarily.

The Furniture Disposal Process From Start to Finish

sorted junk furniture

Now that you know why getting the professionals in makes good sense for safety, efficiency and sustainability outcomes, let’s consider what the furniture removal and disposalprocess itself looks like.

The first step involves assessing the items in question and planning the most effective process. The team considers practical constraints like stairs, hallways, door sizes and vehicle access points when strategising the order for removal and best transit methods.  They aim to maximise efficiency and minimise risks of damage or injury.

Once the game plan is set, it’s time to start loading. The crew uses specialty lifting equipment like trolleys or sliders combined with manpower to carefully shift unstable, heavy furniture outside.  Vehicles get loaded strategically using grids, straps, blankets and other mechanisms to keep items stable and secure during transport.

With safe arrival at the furniture disposal warehouse, the sorting process begins. What can be salvaged or recycled gets separated out by material and assessed for repair, restoring or repurposing potential. Local charity partners like St Vincent de Paul may get first dibs on furnishings with good reuse prospects at this point.

Irreparable timber gets chipped, metals stripped for scrap recycling programs, and fabrics, glass etc. sorted to specialist processors wherever feasible. What cannot be reused or recycled gets responsibly destroyed and consolidated for landfill transfer. But with expert dismantling and redirection, this absolute final option stays minimised.

Throughout the end-to-end furniture disposal process, clients stay updated on timeframes, costs and documentation like recycling reports. You’re in the loop on expected timelines, costs and can even request official receipts for furniture removal expenses come tax time.

Furniture Disposal Costs, Timelines and Other Key Questions

How far in advance should I book?

Ideally 2-3 days minimum for large furniture disposal jobs. But for smaller loads or less busy periods, same day can work too. Call us for guidance based on volumes and logistics.

What types of furniture can you dispose of?

Old couches, broken appliances and electronics, worn office furniture from strip-outs, outdated shelving and storage, single mattresses - you name it! As long as it''''s household rubbish, our teams can clear it quickly and responsibly.

Can I get receipts for tax deductions/inventory?

Yes! Itemised invoices with details like date, location, disposal costs, items removed etc. can be provided on request. Keep these records for accounting, insurance and legal estate purposes.

Take the Stress Out of Big Junk Removal Jobs

Tackling tricky household furniture clearouts, solo rarely ends well for walls, relationships or spines. Save yourself the headache (and back injury!) by putting the experts on the job.

With professional furniture disposal from loading and transport to recycling, charity donations or responsible landfilling, It’s Done Rubbish Removal promises efficient, responsible junk removal services across Melbourne. Call us on (03) 9829 1927 to request a quote, and breathe easy as we handle the heavy lifting!

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