Whether you are going through a divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, or you just want to sell your house fast, cleaning up is an inevitable part of the process. This means clearing out all of your built-up clutter and removing any objects you do not use. A garage sale is a great way to clear out your clutter and make a bit of cash!
As Marie Kondo would say, “If it doesn’t spark joy, its time to send it on!”
But how? How can you quickly get rid of all the clutter inside your house and focus on selling your house? A garage sale, of course! By hosting your very own garage sale, you can make some quick cash for your items and allow potential buyers to see your house.
Talk about two birds with one stone! With that being said, a properly executed garage sale can have a great outcome.
What to Include at Your Garage Sale
When it comes to choosing items to display, it is best to go with this simple policy: If you don’t want it and you know no one else will, it belongs in the trash! That means discarding anything that is seriously soiled or damaged and keeping items that are in moderate to good condition for your sale.
Looking to make a profit? Here is a brief list of best sellers:
- Tools and Gadgets: If you price your tools low, people will snap them up to make crafts and repairs.
- Furniture: Items like appliances and furniture will be the stars of your garage sale. Good deals on chairs, couches, outdoor equipment, or tables, will catch the attention of buyers.
- Kid-Friendly Items: When kids stop by your sale with their parents, they will no doubt be on the lookout for some games or toys.
- Anything Sports Related: Whether it be sporting equipment, fan gear, or decor, people always go for a bargain.
How to Set Up the Ultimate Garage Sale
Now that you know what items you are going to include in your garage sale, let’s discuss the rest of the setup. Before anything, though, check if you need a permit to hold a yard sale––this is a requirement in several cities. Even though you may be under a time crunch, it is best practice to follow these simple guidelines:
- Choose A Day: Typically, warmer seasons are best for garage sales. The fall will be fine too. Unless you live in a warmer environment, winter is not an ideal time to hold your sale.
- Set Your Prices: After you have organized all of your goods, select a price for each one. Sometimes people ask their buyers to make an offer on items themselves. This is unwise, for the price a buyer offers you usually won’t be as high as the one you choose. Don’t price everything too high, though!
- Stock Up: For your sale, you will need supplies such as tables to showcase your items, a chair for you to sit in, a “register” (this can be any appropriate bag or box), clothing racks, large paper and writing utensils for signs, and change. Beverages like lemonade to attract more people––especially if its hot!
- Market Your Sale: If no one knows when and where your sale is, no one will show up. Make people aware by putting up signs in your area with the time of your sale and directions to your house. Post about your sale online or on social media. If you plan to have a large sale, invest some money in a newspaper advertisement.
- Get Ready: Put up your signs and set out all of your objects so they are clearly visible. At the checkout table, make yourself a comfortable perch.
- Make the Money: This is the best part! When you sell your items, avoid being overbearing. Be polite to customers and say hello when they approach your sale, but don’t breathe over their shoulders as they browse. People will ask you for help if they need it.
- Tidy Up: You will probably still have some stray items when your sale is over. You have a few options. Keep the objects, donate them, or gift them to friends and family.
Don’t Have Time for a Garage Sale?
If you need to sell your house and know it will take much more than a garage sale, reach out to Templar Real Estate Enterprises. We will make you a fair cash offer on your house––you won’t even need to clear out anything!