Moving Sale

Out with the Old! Have a Sale Before You Move

We’ve said it a number of times throughout this website; weeding out things you have not used in a while and selling them can not only reduce the cost of moving, but it can actually put some money in your pocked during a time in your life when it might feel like all of your money is flowing out. More and more people are catching on to this little nugget of wisdom these days, and if you are one of them, then this simple guide will help you prepare for your final sale before you move. Keep these things in mind and you’ll be successful at reducing moving costs, lining your wallet with some extra cash, and ensuring that everything moves smoothly from start to finish.

Planning Ahead

Sure, it might seem like more work than you want to put into it when you’re already planning a move, but to have a successful garage sale, you should always plan ahead so that you can ensure things go smoothly. You may be tempted just to put things in the driveway and put up a sale sign, but if you follow these steps, you can get the most from the time you put into setting up and running your garage sale.

  • Every city has a set of regulations that might affect your garage sale. Be sure to call the authorities to get a list of laws or restrictions that your city has so that you don’t inadvertently break any laws.
  • Talk to your neighbors to see if they might be interested in a joint sale. This can make your task on the day of the sale a little easier.
  • Plan where and how you will hold the event. Will it be in your garage, your home, or out on the driveway and in the yard?
  • Set a date. Usually the weekends are the best time to hold a sale as more people will be able to get out to your home and see what you have.
  • Collect bags and boxes so that people can have something to carry their purchases in on the day of the event.
  • Put an ad in the local paper to let everyone know that you are having a sale. Make signs to put around your street and the local area to point people to your home.

A Few Days Before Your Sale

While pre-planning can be done weeks in advance, there are a few things that you should do only a few days ahead of the sale to make sure you are ready for the big day. Since you want things to run smoothly, remember these tips.

  • Gather everything you are selling in one place, close to the area where you will be having the sale. If you are using your garage, you can even start setting up. Be sure that items you aren’t selling are put elsewhere.
  • Price everything possible or create signs for bulk items, like clothing, to put a price out there for your customers to see. This will make your job less hectic the day of the event.
  • Make sure clothes are clean and folded to present their best side to the people who are coming to shop. Shoes should be paired with a tag to indicate their size.
  • Label things carefully if you are having a sale with other people so that everyone knows who gets what.
  • Go to the bank and have some starter money on hand so that you can make change from the very beginning.
  • Plan on having at least two people working the sale at any given time so that nothing is left unattended at any point.

The Big Day

On the day of the garage sale, there will be a lot going on. Here are a few more tips that you can employ to sell as much as possible, leaving you with less to deal with afterwards.

  • Don’t accept checks. You don’t want to run around chasing people who wrote bad checks after the fact while you’re trying to plan a move. Keep it simple by having a cash only policy.
  • Keep a record sheet so that it is easier to figure out how to split things later, or just to see what was sold and how much was made.
  • Contact local thrift stores or charities to give away anything left over after the sale. This will get it out of your home so that you don’t have to move it.

Having a garage sale before you move is a great way to make a little bit of money and keep things that need to be relocated to a minimum. While it will require some planning and work on top of the move itself, you can often benefit from putting the energy into the process. Regardless of how much you make, in the end, something is always better than paying to move things you no longer need or want.

About Alyssa Sullivan

Alyssa Sullivan is a moving and storage veteran and a relocation consultant of Moving Angels , a one stop shop specializing in long distance and local moves within US and Canada, auto transport and homeowners insurance.
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