Office clearances are among the hefty tasks put off by businesses for years, namely due to the hassle and expenditure involved. Most businesses want to move, declutter or renovate, but simply don’t know where to start. To resolve your reservations, we have compiled a handy list of tips to help you cut costs and save money on your next office clearance - in the most hassle-free way possible!
• Take it to a charity shop:
Many charity shops benefit from furniture donations, and office furniture is no exception. However, charities are slightly more selective about what they can take from an office, so it is worthwhile enquiring with your local charity about their collection availability and whether they are willing to accept your office furniture. In particular, charities such as the RSPCA, The Salvation Army and the British Heart Foundation are known to accept office furniture.
• Donate to the community:
Alternatively, if you are struggling to shift your office furniture, you could seek small start ups or organisations within your community that might benefit from your old furniture and give it a new lease of life! Opportunities like these can be found on sites like Facebook Marketplace or local pages.
• Sell it online:
Even better than saving money - you could be recycling your old office furniture and making money at the same time! Sites such as Gumtree and Shpock are perfect places to list your office furniture.
Managing your time effectively and planning ahead are also great ways to save your pennies. By preparing for an office clearance far in advance, you leave yourself time to seek out the biggest bargains and the best deals. Early preparation will also prevent the chances that you either forget to arrange something or make arrangements too late, which often incur hefty surcharge fees! You should consider the following:
Before you splurge on new furniture, it is worth considering whether your old furniture is actually destined for the landfill just yet. There are plenty of ways to repair and refurbish old furniture to give it a new lease of life. Doing so not only avoids fees incurred from disposal, but also saves you the money you would otherwise have spent on a replacement. With most furniture made from non-renewable raw materials, there has never been a more important time to put your repair skills to the test!
Whether you are clearing your office for a renovation or a relocation, using the space available to you more efficiently is a great way to cut costs. With growth, many businesses seek larger and more spacious offices to fit their new workforce. However, most need not do so, with office clearances highlighting better, more spacious lay-outs that could enhance your workplace, and help you save. Following these tips for efficient space use might be the key to not only saving money, but also improving business functions:
Lastly, we recommend that you are legally compliant throughout, to avoid incurring hefty fines. Waste disposal and transit are heavily regulated in both the UK and the EU, meaning a simple misunderstanding or neglect of the laws surrounding clearances could leave you with fines of thousands. To avoid these, consult legislation such as the EU Waste Directive and other regulatory tools. Alternatively, call in a professional team of office clearance and disposal experts to complete your clearance for you, giving you peace of mind that your waste is managed in the most legally compliant and ethical way possible.