How to Carry Out Moving Sales
If you are moving house soon, then the first thing that you need to know is not to carry your old junk into your new house. If you haven’t used something in the last few years, you are probably not going to do so in the future. So instead of letting it take up useful space in the new home, you should find a good way to get rid of it. If you find yourself stuck with a large amount of junk and can still make some good use of it, a good way to earn a few bucks is to host a moving sale. Here are some tips to help you achieve cheap removals.
Make a list
After you have gone through the entire house looking for semi-functional but not needed junk, make a list of the things and decide upon an asking price. The price you fix will depend upon on how old and functional the item is; a good idea would be to see what other people on the internet are asking for it. Following that, you can put a price tag on each object or place them under a price sign.
Check for permits
When fixing the date of the yard sale, it might be a good idea to first check with the local council to see if you need any kind of prior notification and/or permit to do so. If so, you might also want to find other details such as where can you do it, how long for, whether there are any restrictions on the event such as noise levels, food and drinks permitted, etc.
Spread the word
If you are looking to have a good sale, you will have to put the word out. Ideally, you should have the sale one or two weeks before the relocation day. Depending on how much time and money you are willing to spend on advertising, you can use any media from the local newspaper to local shops and craigslist or gumtree. If you are distributing or putting up posters, make sure you get prior permission to do so. A good idea to garner attention is to make sure you add decorations around your signs. On the day of the sale, put up large signs and balloons so that it is easier for people to find you.
Get others to help
Why not make a party out of it? Call over friends and family to help with the sale, either to take care of customers or look over the items. If you are only going to be one person supervising the sale, it might get too busy for you to handle. Paying customers might leave if they are kept waiting for long. So have your friends help out. You can repay them by hosting them for lunch or dinner!
Make sure your items are clean and intact for the sale. It is best to test and fix things before selling; that ensures you will get a good price for them. Also, clean up your yard and free your driveway so that people find it easier to enter. Moving furniture can be quite difficult, especially if the pieces are heavy. Get professional movers to help you or have the number of a man and van ready in case your customers ask for help. Have recyclable bags ready, if people ask for them. Keep small change handy. If the weather looks stormy or windy, hold the sale under a tent or have sheets handy to put over the items when the rains come pouring.