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Moving Companies Offer Tips for Purging Unwanted Items

Posted on January 11, 2017

Purging unwanted household items in a garage sale is a great way to minimize the quote you receive from moving companies.

Purging unwanted household items in a garage sale is a great way to minimize the quote you receive from moving companies.

When people move, they often end up with things that they realize they no longer want or need. Rather than pay moving companies to transport these belongings, only to have them sit unused, why not address the issue before you begin packing?

By being proactive, you could:

  • Save time and money during moving process
  • Prevent your new home from becoming overly cluttered
  • Make a little pocket money
  • Help others in need 

The first step to purging involves identifying which items you want to get rid of. One of the best ways to do this is to take a systematic, room-by-room approach. If you no longer want it, set it aside and write it on a list. Once you’ve rounded up everything that you no longer want, you can begin figuring out how get rid of it.


Leave It with the Homebuyer

If you plan on upgrading your furniture and other household wares, you might find that the people moving into your home will be happy to take your old stuff. It’s not guaranteed that they’ll want it (and you should never leave items behind without it being agreed upon), but it’s worth inquiring.

First-time homebuyers, and those on tight budgets, might be thrilled to inherit a set of couches and tables.


Make a Little Money

As the saying goes: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you have items that have value, but you don’t want to pack them for your Kelowna movers, consider selling them. Garage sales are as popular as ever, and they’re a great way to move a vast quantity of stuff in a hurry.

If you have items that hold more value—such as a coin collection or that mountain bike you no longer ride—you may want to consider online auction sites like:

  • Kijiji
  • Used Okanagan
  • Castanet

Just remember to give yourself a reasonable amount of time for these things to move. Big-ticket items, such as a vehicle, won’t sell overnight. 

If you’re moving to a faraway city and are planning on bringing your vehicle, read: Driving Your Car for the Move: Kelowna Moving Companies Weigh in.


Give It to Friends and Family

You can always rely on friends and family to take things off your hands. Maybe your little cousin is going to college and needs a desk. Remember, the more you can get rid of, the less you have to pay the moving companies.


Stir up Some Goodwill

If you’re looking to build up a little karma, you can always drop unwanted goods at the Salvation Army Thrift Store or a local food bank. This could include:

  • Non-perishable items (food bank)
  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Small appliances
  • Dishware
  • Home decor


Store It

If you just can’t bear to part with your belongings, Kelowna movers like Bekins Moving & Storage offer secure long-term storage for your goods. 


In terms of customer service and range of service, Bekins Moving & Storage is one of the leading moving companies in the Thompson Okanagan. Call us for a free no-obligation quote.