I do junk removal and I am around junk everyday. Over the past three years, I have noticed a pattern in what people throw out most commonly. So my goal here is to help people make good buying decisions. Before you purchase something, think of how long it’s going to last, and if it’s something that will stand the test of time.
1. IKEA furniture. We all know you can go to Ikea and get crappy furniture for a great deal. The problem with this furniture is that it is nearly impossible to move. Don’t even think about trying to move it once it’s assembled. I can’t even begin to tell you how many dressers and bed frames from IKEA I have picked up! So if you are planning on living in the same house for the rest of your life, then go for it. But why not spend a little more money and buy something that will last for years to come.
2. Vacuum Cleaners. If you have carpet in your house, then you for sure have a vacuum cleaner. You can spend between $80-$900 dollars on a vacuum cleaner. From my experience I would recommend staying around the $200-$300 range. The cheap ones break all the time. I have hauled away six vacuum cleaners from one apartment! Also, clean your vacuum regularly. Don’t wait till every pipe is clogged before cleaning it because then you will be calling me to come pick it up!
3. Fake Leather Furniture. Part of me is grateful for these horrible couches and chairs because they keep me busy. DO NOT listen to the furniture salesmen when they tell you that it will last a lifetime. They are lying to you. They look beautiful when you buy them, but within two years they look disgusting because they shed more than an old dog. Trust me when I say to stay far away from fake leather.
4. Mattresses. Before calling me to come pick up your mattress, post it on craigslist for free pick-up. Mattresses take up tons of space in the landfills and there are plenty of people in San Diego who would gladly pick up an old mattress for free. Make sure to buy a good mattress that will last 10-15 years. It’s worth the investment because you spend a third of your life in your bed!
5. Lawnmowers. I pick up between 2-3 lawnmowers a week! Most of them are broken or people get lazy and want to stop mowing their lawn. A good lawnmower can last 10 years if it is maintained regularly. So buy one that will last or don’t buy one at all. But if you have one that’s been sitting in your garage for the past 3 years, feel free to call me anytime!
Hope this helps you out with making good buying decisions. Feel free to leave a comment below!