Appliance Removal Dos and Don’tsMuch like old office furniture, old appliances can present a real logistics conundrum. Depending on the style and condition, you can easily be free of them or have a seemingly impossible task to tackle. Since nearly all local trash collection agencies will reject appliances, you’ll have to be a bit creative to get them off your hands. Whether you are dealing with appliances in your own residence, a rental investment property, an office space, or even a commercial space, there’s no one-size-fits-all way to deal with old appliances.
All donations that Goodwill can sell in its stores are greatly appreciated. However, when Goodwill receives items that cannot be used, staff must dispose of them, raising expenses and reducing the revenue available for employment and educational services. Where possible, items that are placed on the sales floor but do not sell are recycled and sold for salvage. When Goodwill receives items that it cannot sell, such as broken, torn or damaged items or products that have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, we are forced to dispose of those items for the safety of our customers. —Goodwill of South FloridaThe real problem is, appliances make our lives significantly easier. Chores that used to take hours or even one or more days, can be efficiently handled in a short period with today’s modern appliance. These common home amenities are getting more sophisticated and energy-efficient, even providing additional functions as technology continues to evolve. If you have old appliances, there are some dos and don’ts you should know about:
- Do try to sell old appliances. If the appliances are in good to fair condition and even if they need repair, you could sell these to a local appliance resale store. In addition, you can sell them online, with a disclaimer about their condition because there are real estate professionals and property owners who might buy them.
- Do attempt to donate old appliances. While most charities will not accept non-working appliances, if the appliances are in fairly good condition and in working order, try to donate them. There are plenty of charities which welcome such amenities to help them with their work.
- Do offer to sell appliances with the home . If you are selling a home and the appliances are outdated and/or need repair, you can offer to leave these in the house and let the buyer decide to keep them for a while and update later.
- Don’t put old appliances out on the street curb. As mentioned above, the vast majority of local collection agencies will not pick-up appliances (as well as electronics) because of safety and health regulations. If you put these on the street curb and are there for an extended period of time, you’re risking a code violation fine.
- Don’t illegally dump old appliances to get rid of them. Though it is very tempting to dump non-working, old appliances off behind a retail location or on vacant land, if you are caught, you’ll face a big fine.