How a Garage Sale Can Help with Your Moving Woes
You have a lot on your plate when you’re getting ready for a move. You have calls to make, estimates to get, schools to change, doctors to find, and a whole house to pack. You probably couldn’t think of adding one more thing to your list.
However, planning a garage sale before you welcome the movers can actually alleviate some of your stress. Here’s how:
Reduce Your Belongings
The most immediate way that hosting a garage sale helps you is by reducing the number of items you have. The fewer items you have, the few items you have to move around Arizona. Your work will go more quickly, and you won’t have as much bulk to haul.
Even if you don’t sell a lot of things at your garage sell, you’ll have all the belongings that you know you don’t want in one place. You’ll be able to donate the rest without having to further sort through your things.
Lower Your Moving Costs
Fewer belongings means fewer boxes of things to move. And fewer boxes of things to move means that you will pay your moving company less. Your moving quote is based on things like the size of the truck needed, the number of crew members needed, and whether any specialty tools will be needed to move items. With fewer things to move, you’ll need less of all this.
Even if you are thinking about moving your own things (which you shouldn’t), you’ll still save money because you can downsize to a smaller truck, won’t have to buy as many boxes, and won’t have to buy as many other supplies, such as bubble wrap or furniture padding.
Raise Money for the Move
If you have a successful garage sale, you can raise a lot of money for your move, thereby lowering your out-of-pocket expenses. Depending on what you sell and how much you sell, you may even be able to raise enough money to cover all of your moving expenses.
Just remember to price your items realistically. Your old couch might be worth a few hundred dollars to you (especially when thinking about what you paid for it), but chances are good that most people will only pay you about 50 bucks. Pricing lower can help you sell more things, which will help you make more money overall and will rid you of things you no longer need.
Tips for Hosting a Successful Garage Sale
You can make your garage sale more successful with a little planning and some savvy. To start, you should plan to have your sale in the late spring or early fall, which is when the weather is nicest and most people are willing to go to garage sales. If you must move at another time of year, do what you can to mitigate the weather, such as putting a space heater in your garage, where people are going to shop.
Advertise your sale widely. People can’t come to your garage sale if they don’t know that it is happening. List your sale on local groups, such as Facebook and Craig’s list. Put up flyers around your community, on street corners and in shops that allow it. Put a sign at the front of your neighborhood that lists the date and time.
On the day of the sale, make sure that everything is sort so that it is easy for people to find things and present the items well. You may not be a business, but you have to put in a little effort to make the sale also. The better you can make the items seem, the more likely people are to buy them. Make sure that everything has been cleaned and put together properly, and showcase the items in the best way. Hang clothes on a rack, put shoes in an orderly line, splay books on a table, and so on.
Hosting a successful garage sale can help you cut down on the amount of things you have to move and make a big impact on your budget. Take the time to plan your garage sale so that you can get the best return!
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