Organizing your belongings when preparing to move out of your home presents you with a great chance to get rid of your unwanted items. Everyone needs to periodically rid themselves of the things they no longer use and right before a move is the ideal time to do it.
Decluttering your home before moving can save a lot of time and money on moving day. Once you have decided which items you no longer need, holding a garage sale will help you rid the items from your property and make some extra money before you move.
To get the best out of your garage sale, though, you’ll want to be prepared and take the necessary steps and time to ensure its success. Refer to the following tips on how to hold a successful moving sale.
1. Set an Ideal Date
The best time to hold a moving sale is during the day on a weekend, preferably on a Saturday. Choosing such a time increases the amount of people who can come to your garage sale. More people tend to be available at this time, meaning you’ll have more potential customers.
However, it is also important to pick a day that doesn’t conflict with any town events or holidays. Otherwise, many people may already have plans and won’t be available to stop by your moving sale.
2. Get Permits
Check with your local authorities to find out whether you need to obtain any permits or abide by any specific rules or regulations for your garage sale. You’ll want to give yourself ample time to get a permit, so you should check weeks in advance. That way, you’ll have the permit in time for your garage sale.
3. Offer a Large Selection of Items
The more items you have for sale, the more money you can make. As such, it’s better to have a diverse selection of items for sale. As long as you have items that are useful and in good condition, they are worth having at your garage sale. After all, you never know who’ll want them. Even if you don’t use certain items much, different people have different interests. If an item serves no purpose for you, then you should consider making it available for sale so it can be purposeful to someone else.
Look in all places of your home for potential items. That way, you can maximize the amount of stuff you’ll be selling and minimize the amount of stuff you’ll have to pack away and transport.
The following items tend to fare well at moving sales: gently-used clothing, shoes, handbags, vintage dishes, books, kitchen appliances, garden, and work tools, and exercise equipment among others.
4. Create Inventory
As you decide what items you’ll be selling at your garage sale, keep an inventory of the items that will be offered. This will help you keep track of everything and keep your garage sale organized. Come the day of the garage sale, you can refer to the list to see what exactly you’re offering.
5. Effective Advertising
Using signs to advertise garage sales is the most common way to promote the event; however, it isn’t necessarily the best way to reach an audience nor is it the only way you should advertise it. Utilize social media to promote the sale and reach more people. This lets other people share the event, too. You can also create fliers, hand them out, and post them in local businesses around town if allowed.
When you create advertisements, be sure to include all pertinent information: time, place, and the items that are being sold.
6. Price Fairly
You want to make money at your garage sale, but you need to be reasonable about the prices you set so that you have buyers. People expect good, fair prices at moving sales, so you need to keep that in mind when you set prices.
A great way to encourage people to buy more is by creating bulk deals. You can also make more sales if you’re open to haggling.
Get Ready for Your Move
After you’ve completed your moving sale and get closer to your moving day, you’ll have to take care of packing your belongings for the move. This can be a stressful task, especially after organizing a garage sale, but getting help from a professional moving company can help ease this burden and make the move easier.
If you’re in need of moving help, get in touch with Mid-West Moving & Storage for our moving services. We can be trusted to pack your belongings and safely transport them to your new residence. Our movers are all trained, licensed, and insured to help you with this transition.