As you consider relocating your office or prepare for an upcoming business move, there’s a key issue that you’ll need to address: what should you do with your used office furniture.
There will certainly be some pieces of office furniture that aren’t going to make the trip with you – maybe because they’re worn down, broken, surplus, or simply out of sync with your new office style and décor.
To help point you in the right direction and make the process efficient and straightforward, we'll share a few ways to dispose of your used office furniture:
3 Ways to Get Rid of Your Used Office Furniture:
1. Sell your used office furniture.
Office furniture is a valuable asset, and some businesses attempt to sell the bulk of their items when they relocate. However, it’s important to keep in mind that unless your used office furniture is both very rare and highly coveted, then you should expect to enter what is inherently a “buyer’s market”. As such, whatever you attempt to sell or offer on consignment must be in decent condition, and there must be some basic demand as well. Otherwise it may not be worth your time and effort.
2. Donate your used office furniture.
Whether you live in a large city or a small town, there’s a very good chance that a local charity would love to be gifted with your used office furniture. Just keep in mind that, while they aren’t as picky as used office furniture dealers and brokers, community organizations cannot afford to spend money performing major repairs or upgrades – and so your used office furniture needs to be in reasonably good condition (keep in mind that the charity may actually not use the furniture in their location, but may try to sell it and allocate the funds to their organization).
3. Decommission and dispose/recycle your used office furniture.
If you cannot sell or donate your used office furniture (or at least not all of it), then your last option is to decommission the furniture and dispose/recycle it. If you take this route, ensure that you speak with your property manager and possibly even the other tenants in your building, so that they don’t have a problem with a pile (albeit a temporary one) of used office furniture on the curb or in the parking lot!
To learn more about resolving this important issue, download our FREE flowchart that answers the question: “When Moving Should You Take Your Current Office Furniture?”
As you make your way through the flowchart, you’ll easily see which items of your current office furniture should make the move -- and which items should be sold, donated or decommissioned.