Downsizing the number of household items and personal possessions before moving to another home is an essential prerequisite for a quicker, smoother and much more affordable move. This is true because of 3 major reasons:
- The moving cost is based on the total weight of your belongings and logic dictates that the more goods you have for moving, the more money you will end up paying because the heavier your entire shipment will be.
- Having more items to pack, transport and unpack will surely eat up plenty of your valuable time, while hiring professional packers and movers to do it for you will only mean more money out of your own pocket. Desperately looking for adequate storage space where to place your unwanted items is never fun either.
The bottom line is that reducing the number of items for transportation will certainly make you a multiple winner, and one of the best ways to get rid of no longer wanted or needed belongings is to sell them at a garage sale.
Organize a successful garage sale by reading our good garage sale ideas and practical garage sale tips.
How to prepare for a garage sale
The secret of having a successful garage sale lies in its good preparation. You need to know how to best prepare for a garage sale, so take advantage of the following garage sale checklist:
- Do a complete inventory of your home in order to get a better idea of which items you will definitely not take to your new home.
- Once you know what exactly you are leaving behind, sort out the items carefully and classify them diligently according to their current condition and type.
- Set aside anything that is broken beyond repair or worn out beyond recognition for proper disposal.
- Set aside anything in good condition that you think a friend of yours or a family member will eventually put to good use. Also, think about a stranger in need – giving something to charity is such a gratifying act of noble selflessness!
- Being left only with the garage sale items, inspect them carefully for any visual damage and make sure they are presentable enough (understand clean).
- Classify your garage sale items according to their type and condition so that they are displayed in a highly logical and saleable manner. This way, potential buyers will know where to focus their attention and won’t lose time rummaging mindlessly through your stuff.
- How to price garage sale items? This is an excellent question with no straightforward or unified answer. Garage sale pricing is a strictly individual and delicate process – if you overprice your items for sale, then you run the risk of having a rather poor sale. On the other hand, if you underprice your possessions, you guarantee yourself many a complete transactions but the overall profit from the entire garage sale operation may be worth neither the efforts invested nor the time wasted. As a rule of thumb, 1/4 or 1/5 of what you paid originally for an item can be viewed as a general guideline to help you price your garage items the right way.
How to organize a garage sale
Our garage sale checklist continues with some organizing tips for a successful garage sale:
- First of all, you need to decide on a good date for your moving sale. What’s the best time to have a garage sale? If possible, you should set your garage sale during the first weekend of any given month, preferably on a Saturday. However, if you live near a busy street, you will be better off scheduling your yard sale for a weekday in order to take advantage of the road traffic.
- Early starts are always the better choice for a yard sale, so 8 am should be a great opening time.
- Nobody will attend your garage sale if it’s raining cats and dogs, so keep a watchful eye on the weather forecast.
- Do you need a permit for a garage sale? Another excellent question! Make sure you check with your local authorities about any special rules, restrictions or fees.
- Some suitable advertising can do a world of good for your yard sale. Consider spreading the word in your local media (newspaper, radio, special bulletins), create an event in your favorite social networks, invite your circle of friends and ask them to relay the information on to their social friends. Also, you may want to consider building up and erecting some advertising signs or posters, and place them on strategically selected spots around the neighborhood (again, check the local regulations to avoid getting in trouble).
How to have a garage sale
Our garage sale checklist will end with some practical garage sale advice on the does and don’ts when holding a yard sale before moving to another home.
- One of your top priorities should be to guarantee your safety and the safety of your family and your potential buyers. Inspect the immediate area of your future sale and eliminate any dangers that could spoil the good mood. Keep in mind that small kids and pets will be running around trying to escape the boredom.
- Make your sale area attractive, look for various ways to bring genuine charm to the event – place flowers, tie up balloons, play some relaxing music in the background – the sky’s the limit.
- Group your garage sale items logically and arrange them in a pleasantly inviting manner.
- Have plenty of change and get a reliable fanny pack to keep the money inside.
- Prepare appropriate packing supplies and recyclable paper bags for your buyers.
- Be ready to haggle with dedicated treasure hunters but stand your ground for items which you know are worth the price.
- Don’t forget to keep smiling and have as much fun as possible.
Have a safe and profitable garage sale!