The date of your upcoming move is looming closer and closer, but you’ve had no time to declutter your home and get rid of items you’re no longer using. Now is the perfect time to hold a moving sale to reduce the load of things you need to move and earn a bit of cash at the same time. When you’re about to move to a new house and pay for luxury movers, every cent counts! Follow this guide to hold a successful moving sale and rehome the things you don’t need cluttering up your new home.
1. Spend Time Decluttering
First things first, you will need to set aside some time to go through your belongings and figure out what you no longer need. If you have moved in the past couple of years already and haven’t used some items since you last moved, you can definitely get rid of these. There’s little chance you’ll use them at your next place either.
Now figure out which things you have upgraded from or replaced and put those into the ‘sell’ pile. Clothes that don’t fit, old laptops that still work, and kitchenware you no longer use would all fit into this category.
Remember, the more things you can get rid of before moving, the cheaper your move will be. If you can fit your stuff into one van, you’ll pay your luxury movers significantly less than you would for multiple trips.
2. Cleaning Items
To make your goods as appealing as possible, give everything a good wash before putting it on display. You will definitely need to clean any clothes you’re selling, as this is a far more hygienic way to go.
You should also dust or clean anything that has gotten dusty or dirty over time. This will be far more appealing to customers, as they can pick up and inspect items without getting their hands dirty.
3. Organise By Type
Most people put things out for a garage sale in random piles. However, organising the items by type can help people find what they are looking for. Put all of the kitchen items in one box, for example, and children’s toys in another.
By putting things in boxes by type, this will make it easy to lay them out according to their category on the day.
4. Set Your Prices
On the day, you will be busy helping people, putting out items, and running the show! You won’t have a lot of time to respond to every person’s enquiry about what something costs. Save yourself some stress on the day of the sale by labelling everything in advance with a price.
Feel free to price a little higher than you actually expect to get for the item, as no matter what price you put, people will try to barter with you.
5. Enlist Some Help
Doing it all on your own will be far too big of a mission. Instead, enlist the help of your friends and family. Getting them to help you sort through your things will be a huge help, as you can save some time and make it fun!
You will also need assistance on the day of your moving sale. You’d be surprised how much less hectic it can feel with some helpers assisting customers and counting change.
6. Marketing is Everything
It’s vital that you get the word out about your sale. Otherwise, no one will know to come and see what you’re selling. This is especially true if you live on a quiet street, as you won’t have people driving by and stopping to see what’s going on.
Advertise in your local paper, Facebook groups, and put up signs around the neighbourhood in high traffic areas. Make sure you include the date, time, and location of your moving sale.
7. Be Prepared for Sales
You need to be prepared both for cash sales and online bank transfers. Getting payments through online banking will be easier as long as you’re happy to trust that people will pay. To make it simple, print out your bank details ahead of time and hang them off the tables so people can just pay and grab their items.
You’ll also need to get some change, as most people wanting to pay cash will only have notes on them. Go to your local bank and ask them to change some notes for you so that you have plenty of change on hand.
8. What You’ll Need on the Day
There are a few things you’ll need on the day to ensure that your moving sale goes smoothly:
- Change box/purse – if you’re going to be wandering around, keep change on you in a belt bag so that you can access it easily at all times.
- Rubbish bin – you’d be surprised how much this comes in handy!
- Bags – many people will need bags if they are buying a few items. Collect up your reusable shopping bags and feel free to charge for them too.
- Outlet – if you’re selling any electronics, ensure that you can easily access an outlet to show the customer that they work.
9. Donate any Leftovers
After your moving sale is complete, you will likely have some belongings left over that didn’t sell. Don’t take them with you when you move, or throw them away; donate them instead. There are always charities taking donations to sell, and you can rest assured that all profits are put towards the charity you choose to donate to.
10. Book Your Movers!
Once you are all done with selling and donating your excess items, you’re ready to move. Book in your luxury movers if you haven’t already done so, or you might risk missing out on your ideal moving date.