• When moving out of a recently sold home, a common dilemma is deciding what to do with one's excess or unwanted possessions. Photo: The Rostad Team of Coldwell Banker (2015)

  • One good option for discarding unwanted items is to donate them to a charitable organization. Photo: The Rostad Team of Coldwell Banker (2015)

  • In addition to benefiting those in need, charitable donations are typically eligible for tax write-offs. Photo: The Rostad Team of Coldwell Banker (2015)

Sandy Rostad is Realtor of The Rostad Team of Coldwell Banker. To reach Sandy Rostad call (650) 239-6057.
The Benefits of Donating Your Unwanted Items

SAN CARLOS − Whether moving out of the area or simply downsizing, a common dilemma home sellers face is what to do with their unwanted possessions. While selling items online can be financially lucrative, it can also be time-consuming and tedious, which is why it’s worth considering an alternative option: donating to a charitable organization. In San Mateo County alone, there are several quality nonprofits, including StarVista and Habitat for Humanity. With a simple phone call, one of these organizations will be happy to send someone to pick up your unwanted items and redistribute them to families in need.

There are several advantages to donating your surplus possessions to a charitable organization. First, it allows you to positively impact the lives of those who are less fortunate. Second, it gives you one less thing to worry about while concurrently juggling the details of a home sale and a move. Third, charitable donations usually qualify for tax write-offs. Taken altogether, donating your unwanted items can be a convenient and rewarding part of your relocation experience.

Sandy Rostad is a realtor at The Rostad Team of Coldwell Banker, a Diamond Certified company since 2014. She can be reached at (650) 239-6057 or by email.

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