Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to get rid of old office furniture? Whether you’re relocating, renovating, or closing, here is what you need to know about the right way to get rid of old office furniture.
See What You Have
First, make an inventory of your old office furniture. Having a detailed record of your furniture is very important for making decisions as you move forward. Use a basic spreadsheet or office inventory document and have a dedicated person in your office (like the office manager) to complete it. Keep track of each item, the brand name, the age, the condition, the dimensions, and the location of them.
Determine Your Goals
When most offices try to get rid of old office furniture, the primary goal is to get a financial return. The next priority, in many cases, is getting rid of the old office furniture quickly and easily. However, you should also consider who else could benefit from your old office furniture. Do you have a non-profit or community organization that you partner with? This could be a great way to support their mission and remove the excess furniture from your office.
If You Want to Keep Things, Remember the Risks
Managing a surplus of old office furniture is not an inexpensive or convenient endeavor. Some of the most common risks of retaining a great deal of old furniture include:
- A variable second-hand market if you do decide to sell
- The effort and time you will spend maintaining it
- Labor and logistical costs
- Environmental impact
- Storage costs
Determine Your Budget
Another concern when disposing your old office furniture is the budget that you have to work with. Try to unload your old office furniture in a manner that gives you a financial gain (whether through actual profit or through donation) and that takes the least amount of time possible.
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