Giving Items to Charity Before a Move

Don’t just throw away unwanted items before you move to a new home. Donating can help clear clutter without creating more trash.

Choosing the Items That You’re Giving

The first step when giving items to charity before a move is to pick out which items you want to give. While this sounds simple, many people find it surprisingly challenging. It may be time to say goodbye to an item that has sentimental value. If it’s still usable but you don’t use it yourself, giving the item to charity will benefit everybody. You may be able to get a tax deduction, as specified below. Of course, the main point of giving stuff to charity is to help out others. As an added benefit, loading a moving truck will be easier for your professional movers when you have fewer items, especially if you give out large, heavy things such as pieces of furniture. 

Seeing If a Charity Can Pick Up Large Items

While many charities are happy to pick up large, heavy items like couches or beds, some organizations are not equipped to do so. For one thing, a charity that can come to your home or business needs to have a decent-sized box truck and several able-bodied workers. If you are donating items from a business, the you can expect the charity to have a truck similar to the ones used by office movers in Las Vegas. It’s also worth noting that many charities actually will not come out to your location, not even to pick up small items. One or two quick Google searches will help you find out which charitable organizations are right for your situation. If necessary, you can always contact a non-profit by phone or email to give them specific details about your situation. 

Possible Tax Deductions

As you may or may not already know, you can claim significant moving tax deductions when you donate items to charity. Just how much you can claim when you file your tax return depends on the value of the items and on several other factors. Non-profit organizations that accept donations of physical items will likely be able to help you figure out what sort of tax deductions you may be able to claim. If you donate items prior to hiring a moving company, you may be able to save a bundle on your taxes while helping others.