Moving provides you with a great opportunity to get rid of stuff you no longer find useful. But, what might seem like thrash to you, can be a gem to someone else. That’s why holding a yard or garage sale is a no-brainer before you move.
Benefits of a Yard Sale before Moving
Having a garage sale can help your move in a myriad of ways:
Raise Money for the Move
Moving in and of itself can be a costly affair. Just request a free moving quote from your local moving company and see for yourself. If you are like most people, the chances are that you will need to hire a full service moving company or at least rent a moving truck. The whole process can set you back $1,000 or even more.
With that said, a garage sale can help you rake in a few bucks to offset some of these moving costs. If you have high-quality items that buyers can find worthy, however, you will probably make top dollar, a decent amount to cover the cost of the whole move and then some.
Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Nothing can make a move unbearable quite like hauling items that you no longer need or want. You will need to shed more money to get packing assistance, more packing boxes, and a larger moving truck. No matter how you look at it, you need to eliminate items you no longer find useful before you move.
As a rule of thumb, items that you haven’t used in the past 12 months should go. However, don’t throw away or sell precious items like vintage lampshades, vases, etc. These offer timeless sentimental value.
Reduce Moving Costs
Again, a garage sale can help you reduce your load, which, in turn, can significantly lessen the cost of moving. After all, all moving companies in Portland calculate their rates based on the weight of your belongings.
Garage Sale Tips when Moving
Hosting a wildly successful yard sale is no picnic. Try these proven tips:
- Inquire from Local Authorities: you probably don’t need a permit to hold a garage sale, but just to be on the safe side, check with HOA or folks at city hall.
- Set the price right: don’t let the buyers dictate the sale; set base selling prices to get more money for your stuff.
- Prepare beforehand: clean or dust off some items and get them looking decent before the yard sale. More importantly, prepare an ad or flyer to get the word out about your upcoming garage sale.
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