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Clutter Busting 101 – The Yard Sale

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Busting clutter is almost always the first recommendation from professional stagers and real estate agents. Why not have a yard sale to clear out the things you no longer use while earning some cash for your move? Follow these tips to help things go smoothly and maximize your profits.

1. Get the online word out
List your sale on the “Garage Sale” section of Craigslist and on any neighborhood Facebook page groups. Include photos of your more interesting items to attract shoppers.

2. Sign up
Hit the dollar store for some neon poster board and thick markers. Then make big, legible signs to post at intersections near your home.

3. The more the merrier
Ask neighbors and friends if they want to sell their things too. Everybody has things they need to get rid of. People are more likely to stop and shop if they see a variety of items for sale.

4. Sell drinks
Enlist your cute kid (or your neighbor’s) to learn about economics with a lemonade or coffee stand. A hot or cold drink for a few cents can help lure people to stop and shop while they sip.

5. Plug in
If you’re selling appliances, have access to an outlet or an extension cord so people can test them out. Make sure to have some batteries on hand so shoppers can see if battery-operated items work as well.

6. Make it easy to find prices
The bigger the item, the bigger the price tag. Don’t make shoppers hunt around for tiny stickers on your couch or lawn mower.

7. Prep for checkout
Have lots of change and small bills on hand, as well as plastic bags shoppers can use to carry home their new treasures.

8. Don’t forget – your home is for sale too!
If you are indeed busting the clutter in preparation to sell your home, don’t be afraid to advertise it.  You never know, you’re buyer could be standing in your driveway looking at the an multitude of lamp shades you’ve gathered over the years.  Talk to your agent.  A garage sale is a great time to schedule an open house.

If you have any questions or if you’re ready to start the home buying process, contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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