Are you replacing your old appliances because they quit working? Or are you simply upgrading to newer, more efficient models? Either way, you’re probably wondering how to get rid of those unwieldy, old appliances to make room for the new.
You have a few different options for ridding yourself of those old beasts. Depending on the appliances and where you live, you may have to pay to have them hauled away. On the other hand, it might be possible to have them hauled away for free – or even sell them for little spending money! It all depends on the type of appliance and its condition.
Ways to get rid of your old appliances
Check out other ads for appliances similar to yours and price yours accordingly. If you want to get rid of them quickly, price on the low side to stir up more interest.
Give them away
Even if your appliances aren’t working, you could offer them up for free online and see what happens. You can put “Free” on your Craigslist or Facebook listings, or consider using Freecycle too. You never know, someone that can fix appliances may want to take them off your hands (either for parts or to fix them). Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
You could also donate them. Some non-profit organizations will take working appliances to re-sell or fix. Check with your local Habitat for Humanity or other local charities to see if they have a use for your appliance.
Many communities have recycling programs for appliances. Sometimes there is a charge for this service, but some appliances actually qualify for a rebate if they are recycled appropriately.
In the Des Moines area, refer to the Metro Waste Authority Recycling Guide for details on recycling your appliances. MidAmerican Energy has an appliance recycling program and will pick up working refrigerators, freezers, or window air conditioners for free – plus you’ll receive a rebate!
Ask the store to take them
Most appliance stores will remove your old appliances if you purchase your new appliances with them. You’ll have to pay for this service, but it’s also the quickest and easiest way to get rid of your old appliances. That is if your new ones are being delivered! Most stores charge around $50 for this service.
Call a junk removal company
There are many professional junk removal companies out there that will be happy to come to pick up your appliances for a fee. A simple internet search will yield a number of these companies to choose from.
Before you resort to hiring a company, check to make sure they appropriately dispose of the appliances. The ultimate goal is to keep them out of the landfill, so they don’t cause undue harm to our environment.
Remember, if you’re in the Des Moines area, check with Metro Waste Authority first!
Whether you’re selling or buying a home, the process can feel intimidating and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to. At Coluzzi Real Estate, we answer all your questions and simplify the process. We’re here for you every step of the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today!
photo credit: pexels