How To Hold A Moving Sale

Steps to planning a successful moving sale.

You're getting ready to go someplace new. Did you know a moving sale can help you save money as well as make money? Lightening the load of your move lowers your shipping costs. Follow these steps to organize a successful moving sale and put cash in your pocket.

Step 1.

Know what to sell and what to keep.
If you no longer use nor need an item, someone else might want it. If you can easily replace something at your new home sell it to lower the weight of your moving truck.

Step 2.

Get others involved from the start.
Ask your family members and neighbors to sell their unwanted items too. You might even organize a block-wide sale; a bigger event draws more people, all potential buyers.

Step 3.

Pick a Friday or Saturday.
Except for holidays, weekends are usually best for garage sales. When you announce the date, include the sale hours, such as 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Step 4.

Choose a location with good access and ample parking.
Before you decide on a garage, yard, or basement moving sale, check with local authorities to make sure your event doesn’t violates codes. Try to allow plenty of space for people to move around easily as they come and go.

Step 5.

Get the word out.
When you advertise your sale, make clear the date, time, and street address. For more tips on advertising your sale click here.

Step 6.

Be ready to do business.
On the day of the moving sale, set up a cashier's desk (a card table will do fine). Have a calculator, scissors, tape, string, markers, a cash box and plenty of change. When you accept bills, be aware of counterfeit currency and how to spot it.

3 Reasons to have a Moving Sale!

  • Turn your unwanted items into cash.
  • Lower your moving costs by reducing the weight of your load.
  • Attract a buyer for your old home.

Be prepared for the Early Birds. No matter what starting time you publish, some shoppers will show up 30 minutes early or more!

Accept Credit Cards Fewer and fewer people carry cash. Avoid losing potential sales by having a PayPal account or card reader (like Square) ready.

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