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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Garage And Moving Sale

The date you set for moving is quickly approaching. You’ve already found your dream home, came up with a moving inventory and budget, decided on a moving date, canceled subscriptions, chosen the best mover, and said goodbye to your friends. You’re now moving from room to room to assess the number of items you have. You’re really shocked about the number of things you have amassed over the years, some of them you don’t need.

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic. One thing you need to do to ease the burden of moving is to organize a garage and moving sale to get rid of stuff you don’t need. To make the most out of your garage and moving sale, here some tips you need to keep in mind.

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1. Set the best date and time

The date and time you set for your garage and moving sale will determine the amount of money you will raise from your items. Weekends including Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays is usually the ideal time to hold the sale. We usually advise our clients to consider scheduling their garage and moving sales in the first weekend of the month. When you announce the date, also make sure to include the sale hours, usually from 9 am to 5 pm.

2. Sort and organize your items

Before the sale date, sort through your items and decide what items you will move and the ones that you no longer need. As you’re pulling out all those clothes, beddings, furniture, kitchen appliances, fitness, and sports equipment, sort them out into four categories: Keep, Dispose, Donate, and Sale. If you are not moving in a hurry, taking an inventory of those things is a great way to determine how much stuff you’ll not be moving. The more things you don’t want to move, the more money you will raise from your garage and moving sale.

3. Price your garage sale items ahead of time

The key to a successful garage or moving sale is pricing items properly ahead of time. Be careful not to attach sentimental value to your garage items. If you want to determine the best price, ask a friend to tell you what reasonable price they would pay for those items if they were to buy them. Once you come up with the best price for your items, go ahead and make the price visible using price stickers and tags. Don’t increase your prices with the expectation to bargain.

4. Choose the best location for your garage sale

Check with local authorities before you decide on the best location to hold your garage and moving sale. You don’t want to be told on the garage and moving sale day that you don’t have a permit, or your garage sale violates the local regulations. Also make sure the location you choose has good access and ample parking.

5. Advertise your garage and moving sale

If people can’t find your garage and moving sale, you won’t sell your stuff, no matter how cheap you’ve priced them. Garage sale advertising is crucial. If you don’t do it, the amount of time you have spent in planning your sale will go to waste. Many people prefer advertising on Craigslist, but you can still consider putting up your ad on a local newspaper and other offline platforms. When creating your garage and moving sale ad, remember to include the following information:

  • A description of popular items you will sale

  • Date, time and street address of your garage sale

  • And a phone number that potential buyers will call for more information

  • A specified rain date

6. Garage sale day tips

These are handy tips that will make your garage sale day run smoothly. For instance, you should make all items appealing, position your items properly, know how to negotiate and have a change on hand. The garage sale day is also the best time to ask your family members and friends for help. You may also consider sharing your moving sale plans with your neighbors. They may also decide to sell their unwanted items and bring in more sellers.

As you can see, having a successful garage and moving sale can be a daunting task for first-timers, so go ahead and plan ahead of time. Keep these tips in mind as you prepare and plan for your garage or moving sale. Good luck.


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