One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen companies make is waiting until the last minute to try and find a home for their unwanted office furniture. If there is one thing you need to know, it is this: When you wait until the last minute to try and get rid of your furniture, your furniture will be a liability instead of an asset. Let’s talk about what I mean exactly by “last minute.” Last minute, in the office furniture world, is when you give yourself 4-6 weeks to try and find a home for your pre-owned office furniture. It’s simply not enough time to successfully market a building worth of office furniture. In recent past companies would have most likely been charged thousands of dollars for tear down and removal, until Clear Office was born.
Most companies don’t realize how long you need to adequately sell your furniture, but we are here to help educate you, and switch the paradigm of how things have been done in the past by providing a more proactive approach instead of being reactive! I get it, there hasn’t really been an appropriate way to market your furniture effectively until now, right? Craigslist and eBay are obviously not the right type of platforms, and in all my years of being in the office furniture industry, I can say that I’ve never heard of anyone posting their building worth of office furniture on either of these platforms.
This is the exact reason why we created our platform and we have been hard at work reaching out to all our friends and industry partners; architects, commercial real estate, property managers, sustainability professionals, construction industries and our end user clients to educate them on our platform where they can specify the date the furniture is available AND the date that the furniture needs to be out of the building, as these are typically two different dates. You can specify your minimum quantity sale, provide important building details and communicate with potential buyers directly. If you are a larger company and don’t have the time to manage the process, no worries, we have a plan for you!
Many times these spaces will have much more than just desks and chairs. They’ve got training rooms, lobby’s, collaboration areas, break rooms, conference rooms, private offices, filing rooms and more. It can be a daunting task to find a home for the office furniture that is no longer needed but I promise you, the key is timing and therefore you need to post your inventory as soon as you know you won’t be needing it. This way, our huge nationwide network of architects, designers, commercial furniture dealers, furniture brokers and end users will know about your inventory and be able to consider it for their projects.
So, how much time do you need to sell your building or suite of office furniture? Well, if you are reading this blog the answer is, probably START NOW!