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Charity Starts At Home
Although donating saleable items to charity and good causes is to be commended, I believe in the current economic climate that charity starts at home, having the responsibility of clearing the property of a close relative or friend can be a very emotional and stressful time and having to bear the cost can only add to the stress and emotional upset involved.
Our number one priority is our customers and providing them with the best possible professional house clearance service, we can only do this by using an environmentally friendly and efficient recycling policy and using any resalable items in the property to offset the cost of a house clearance.
Charity House Clearance
Charities that offer a full house clearance service will take any items that have a resalable value for free, although most have now started charging to collect your items, they will then give you a quotation for the cost of clearing the remaining contents, they do not use the resalable items in your property to offset the cost of a house clearance, for information about the value of second hand furniture and antiques and how to work out how much your items could be worth take a look at our antique and second hand value page.
House Clearance Charities!
If you are finding it hard to donate furniture to charity in Cardiff, Bridgend or Swansea then this page might have some of the answers for you, there are many house clearance charities that pick up furniture for free, but there are also many reasons why a charity shop can't take all of your second hand furniture and household items.
Still A Business
One of the main reasons they won't take everything is even though they are a charity they are still a business and have a limited amount of space in their charity shops so they need to be very selective in the items they take as charitable donations.
They are also governed by the same rules and regulations that apply to any other business selling second hand furniture, Foam Fire Regulations, Electricity Compliance Regulations, Gas Safety Tests, General Product Safety Regulations.
Own Worst Enemy
Another reason they don't take all donations is that unfortunately the charities themselves have become their own worst enemy, over the last few years in every town or city there have been a surge of charity shops opening up on the high street.
Charity Shop Competition
All selling the same type of items and all within a few hundred yards of each other, this competition has resulted in a price war driving the value of good quality second hand furniture through the floor.
Rise Of The Charity Shop
There has been a 40 percent rise in the number of high street charity shops in the last ten years, do you ever wonder why, could it be that full business rates are liable on empty commercial properties.
Business Rates Discount
Including lower value properties such as small shops and offices, however charities occupying a commercial property qualify for a mandatory 80% discount on their High Street business rates.
Local Authority Discretion
Local authorities also have the discretion to grant the remaining 20% as a further discount, charities are being approached by landlords to enter into tenancy agreements that would relieve the landlords of their requirement to pay the business rates they would otherwise be liable for.
This is advantageous for charities and provide good opportunities to lease shops for low or nominal rents so low its called a peppercorn rent, they may even receive charitable donations from landlords that reflect the 20% percent of the business rates that they would still be liable for.
They acquire their stock free of charge and have staff who mostly work for free, they also benefit from being exempt from corporation tax and have zero rated V.A.T on the sale of donated goods, this is why there are very few secondhand dealers most couldn't compete against this competition.
Free Furniture Collection
Some charities offer to collect up to 15 items for free but this offer only applies to items they know they can sell easily, they choose the items they take for free not you.
If there are only 3 items of furniture in your property they know they can sell easily they will only take the 3 items, but what you estimate as having a resale value might not be viewed the same way by a charity shop.
Choosing A Charity
Choosing one charity from a list of hundreds can be a bit of a challenge in itself, first choose one that may have given you or your family support and assistance in the past.
Local animal welfare and community charities seem to be struggling more than most to stay in business due to the competition from large national charities with large advertising budgets and very deep pockets.
Please note: we are not a charity, we are not linked or associated with any charities and we do not undertake free collections of item’s specifically to donate to charity.
We are a business who specialise in property clearance, removal and recycling of all household contents, we provide a stress free clearance service, we can deal with everything on your behalf in a matter of hours.
How The Charities Work
You call a charity and give them a list of the items you want to donate, let's say you have 10 items of large furniture that you would like to give to them, they say yes thank you very much we will take them all.
They will then agree a date but not a time to come to your property to view the items, but please be aware this is only to view the items to see if they want them or not, some charities use contractors for this.
At Your Property
Once at your property they will then only take the items they know they can sell, this maybe all of the 10 items or just 1 or 2 or maybe none at all, leaving you to deal with what's left at your own expense.
We get calls every day from customers who have been left with furniture in their properties at the very last minute because the charities said they would take them but only took some of the items you offered.
Please Plan Ahead
Please plan ahead if you are intending to use a charity to clear furniture from your property make sure you leave enough time to make other arrangements just incase they don't take everything as promised.
Alternatively ask them to come to the property first to confirm they want the items before the clearance date, that way you won't get caught out and get "left holding the baby" on your completion day.