Are you getting ready to move to your new home? One thing is for sure, you will end up with a collection of items you no longer use or you will not need to bring to your new home. Hosting a pre-moving sale is the best way to get rid of all of these and at the same time earn extra cash that you can use for your moving expenses like buying packing materials and paying for your home movers.
But of course, it wouldn’t be a success without planning and preparation. Read through the tips below to help you get the best out of your pre-moving sale.
Set an ideal date and time
Being smart when choosing the date of your pre-moving sale is essential to get the greatest number of potential customers. The best day to hold a garage sale is on a weekend, preferably on a Saturday. It would also be great to start at an earlier time so the temperature is still cooler.
Make sure to pick a date that doesn’t conflict with any local events or holidays because people are more likely to already have plans. It is also important to check the weather forecast so you can avoid scheduling the sale on days with bad weather.
Check with your local authorities
To be safe, check with your local authorities to see if you needed to get a permit in order to hold a garage sale or if there are any regulations you need to abide by. It’s best to do this three to four weeks in advance so you have enough time to comply with the requirements before your pre-moving sale day.
The more, the better
The more items you sell, the more earnings you will get. So, search your home for good items you can sell it. And don’t just search on your closets and cabinets, check as well your garage, basements, and attic, for items that are still in good condition and can still be useful to others.
You probably have items you can’t let go of because of some reasons. It’s important to consider whether it’s worth transporting to your new home. It would probably cost you more money, time and effort to do so.
Create an inventory
To keep things organized, creating an inventory is a must. This will make you track the items you are selling easier, just like in real stores. It will come in handy on the day of your garage sale. You can refer to it easily if customers will ask if you are offering a certain item.
Advertise your pre-moving sale
Keeping the word out about your pre-moving sale is important to attract potential customers. In this modern-day, there are more ways to advertise it other than putting up a sign outside your home. Take advantage of social media to promote your garage sale and reach more people. Another way is through distributing flyers around your neighbourhood. Whatever advertising ways you do, make sure to include details such as date, time, address, phone number for people to call if they need more information, and a list of some of the popular items you are going to sell like furniture, appliances and other electronics.
Price your items
Before you sell your items, determine the price you are selling them for. Check out online to see if how much a specific item cost so you can set a fair price for it. But remember that people expect to get a good deal on garage sale so don’t set the price too high. Once you have determined the price of each item, put a tag or a sticker with the price clearly written.
Be open to haggling
There are people who would love to get an even lower price than what you are selling your items for. Be ready with this. Consider dropping the price down. If you think the price they are asking for is not fair, try to meet halfway.
Donate what you have left
Now, after your garage sale, if you still have some items left, the best thing to do is to donate them to local charities. You can deliver it to drop off centres. Some organizations are also happy to pick it up form your place.
After getting rid of your extra items (and earning extra cash), give yourself a tap in the back and start planning your moving day. If you're in need of professional help to move your items, use Wise Move to easily look for and hire a moving company to transport your belongings to your new home.