In the Boston and Cambridge markets, buying new furniture when relocating has become the norm. This leaves the question of what to do with existing furniture. There are several options depending on the type of furniture, its condition and the market demand.
If your furniture has market value, you can bid out the sale to used furniture dealers. Bidding this process will afford your company maximum return. Be certain that you are bidding to dealers or liquidations that have a national footprint. For example, you may have a Steelcase 9000 product that is flooded in your market. The dealer may have a client in another geographic market that is in need of this product. Again, this affords your company maximum return.
You should bid out this product as a complete package rather than piece by piece. For example, dealers can refurbish metal file cabinets and realize a healthy return on investment. There also may be items in your inventory that have no value. Bidding a package price insures that the dealer has to remove all product to get the file cabinets thus saving your company money on disposal.
Another option is to donate furniture to charities. Many charities will pay the cost to remove the furniture and supply your company with a tax write off, thus saving disposal costs.
A good commercial moving company will have alliances with the best in market liquidators and used furniture dealers. Be sure to ask for references as this is one method of assuring that your business mover adds value.