Do you think it’s time to move to new home? You may have a gut feeling that you are ready for a change. That change may be to pack up your belongings and move to a new home. Although, moving is no easy feat. You have to be ready to take on the challenge, and we’re here to help you decide if that is the right decision.
1. Your house has become too small or too big
You see a beautiful rocking chair at a flea market and know that you have to have it. But where will it go? You suddenly picture your house and see there is no place for this amazing antique rocking chair that is just so ‘you.’ If you look around and notice things are getting crammed in corners, it is time to move to a bigger home with more space.
But what if you have the opposite problem? You have more space than you need. You may be an empty nester and no longer have kids living at home or you no longer have guests spend the weekends at your place. It’s time to move if you have too much space and you’re ready for a smaller, more manageable home.
2. You’re ready to step it up
When you bought your first home you had a job fresh out of college and you were looking for something within your budget. It’s been a few years and your salary has increased significantly. You’re ready to upgrade to a nicer home you can see a brighter future in. Go ahead, and step it up. Buy a house that matches your current budget and say goodbye to your cozy starter home.
3. Your commute is too long
If you feel that you are spending more time commuting to your work and less time with family and friends, then you may consider moving closer to work. If your job is secure and you plan on being with your company for the foreseeable future, then pack up and move closer to work. Commuting can be exhausting and living closer to work means that you will be spending less money on travel expenses.
4. Your kids need a better education
You want the best for your children. If your school system does not meet your child’s needs, you may want to move into a city that does. Do some research. Moving.com has school ratings that pull various report information from a database of nearly 90,000 public and private schools. Ask locals in the area what they think of the school system and of course form an opinion yourself by looking at the school’s website, curriculum, extracurricular activities and online reviews.
5. You’re concerned for your safety
If you feel unsafe walking to your car in the morning, you may want to make a change. One of the top reasons for moving is feeling unsafe in your neighborhood according to moving.com. Remove yourself from a dangerous area by relocating. Loud and disruptive noises, increased criminal activity and environmental hazards are reasons to move out of your current home.
Whatever your reason for wanting to move, we are here to help you, whether it be by selling your current home or helping you find a new home that suits your needs. Contact us today by calling 216-378-9618 and let us know what you think of this blog on our social media channels!
Are you getting ready to sell your home in the upcoming weeks or months? The process may seem overwhelming, but getting your home prepared and staged is crucial for allowing buyers to imagine themselves in your home. If your home is on the market, but has not sold yet, try to do a few tips things to freshen up your home. There are plenty of small, easy things to do that go a long way in the mind of a buyer.
Here are some suggestions and ideas to improve your home’s appearance and help you prepare to sell it faster!
THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE:
- Open the draperies, pull up the shades, and let in the sunlight.
- Create a positive mood. Turn on all lights, day or night. Open the curtains during the day.
- Install higher wattage light bulbs to show your home brightly—in its best light.
- Remove all clutter from each room to visually enlarge them.
- Create the impact of spaciousness.
- Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times.
- Have a family emergency “game plan” to get the home in order quickly if necessary.
- Air out your home one-half hour before the showing if possible.
- Lightly spray the room with air freshener so that it has a chance to diffuse and air before the buyer arrives.
- Shampoo all carpets and vacuum them daily.
- If the carpet does not clean up well, you should replace it.
- Improve traffic flow through every room and create a feeling of spaciousness in every room by removing unnecessary furniture, knick knacks, hobby items, children’s items, etc.
- However, try to avoid creating a “sterile” looking environment.
- If you have numerous family photos, put them away until your home is under contract. Perspective buyers will feel more like it can be their home if they aren’t aware of your family photo memories.
- Rent a storage area for these items or have a yard sale.
- Straighten, tidy, and remove unnecessary items from all closets. Put unnecessary items in storage.
- Fix the front door bell.
- Invest in a new doormat.
- Make sure the front door, storm door, screen door, etc. work wonderfully.
- Create the feeling of a spacious entry area by using decorating accents, mirrors, rugs, etc. and by removing all unnecessary clutter.
- Wash all windows, inside and out.
- Curtains should be fresh, clean, and attractive.
- Clean all light bulbs, light fixtures and chandeliers to brighten the home.
- Remove all smoke odors, pet odors, and odors resulting from hobbies.
- Paint all inside walls with off-white paint. Use two or more coats to cover bold, bright or dark walls.
- All walls should be painted, not just washed. This will brighten the home and make it look bigger.
- Repair or replace all doors, closet doors, and/or windows and screens so that they open with ease.
- Repair or replace banisters and handrails.
- Water and prune all plants.
- Use plants in transitional areas of your home between inside and out.
- Either get rid of dying plants or keep them out of sight.
- Remove any excess extension cords and exposed wires.
- Open doors to areas you want the potential buyer to see such as walk-in closets, pantries, attic, basement, etc.
- Close all other closet doors and cabinets.
- Repair or replace loose or dangling wallpaper.
- Clean and shine all accessories (door knobs, knockers, lamps, mail boxes, address numbers, etc.)
IN THE KITCHEN:
- The kitchen should always be kept spotlessly clean.
- Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before the showing and place it in an out-of-the-way place in the kitchen.
- Expand your counter space by removing small appliances.
- Highlight an eat-in area in your kitchen with a table set for dinner.
- Remove all grease from range hoods, ovens, stovetops, walls, etc.
IN THE FORMAL ROOMS:
- Set the scene by setting the table. Highlight the potential of your dining room by setting a grand dining table.
- If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating.
- Clean rubbish out of the fireplace and keep it clean in the winter.
IN THE BEDROOMS:
- Create a master “suite” affect in your decorating.
- Make sure that beds are made and the linens and curtains are fresh and clean.
- Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items, and put them in storage.
- Straighten, tidy and remove unnecessary items from all closets. Create the feeling of spacious closets. Put all unnecessary items in storage or invest in under-the-bed storage boxes.
- Remove posters and adhesive from walls and doors and putty any holes resulting from nails or other mishaps.
- Depersonalize teenagers rooms and decorate in a neutral temperament.
IN THE BATHROOMS & LAUNDRY ROOMS:
- Bathrooms should always be kept spotlessly clean.
- Do not leave towels around and wipe down the shower areas after each use.
- Repair or replace broken tiles on walls, floors or in showers/tubs.
- Recaulk if the caulking is not sparkling white.
- Put out fresh towels and decorative soap for showings.
- Replace all toilet bowls if you cannot get them spotlessly clean.
- Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.
- Replace the washers in faucets and remove rust stains from basins.
IN THE BASEMENT AND ATTIC:
- Remove all unnecessary items from the attic, basement, garage, tool shed, and especially from the storage area if you have one.
- Clean or paint the basement walls and floor.
- Make the most of your attic’s potential, if applicable.
- Make the attic as pleasant as possible by airing it out, and decorating if possible.
- Add visual appeal to stairways, especially in unfinished stairways to the basement.
- If the basement shows any signs of water or structural damage it may be necessary to obtain a structural engineer’s report.
- Regardless of the season, tackle spring cleaning. Clean everything in your home from top to bottom, from the attic to the basement.
OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE:
- Keep the yard mowed, raked, fertilized, and watered at all times.
- Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture, trash, etc. from the yard.
- Trees and shrubs should be pruned and trimmed.
- Lawns and gardens should be weeded at all times.
- Use flowering plants to dress up the yard, walkways, and patio.
- All hoses and garden equipment should be neatly out of sight.
- Outdoor furniture should be kept clean and/or repainted if necessary.
- Firewood should be neatly stacked or out of sight.
- Mail boxes should be evaluated with a critical eye.
- Paint and repair the mailbox or replace it if necessary.
- Make all those minor repairs to the exterior.
- Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, patios and other extensions of the house should be kept uncluttered, swept and in good condition.
- Paint all entrance doors.
- Shades and awnings should be in good condition. Replace if the color has faded. Remove windsocks.
- Create an outside living/dining area with furniture and plants.
- Highlight your pool area, water garden, etc. with lighting, benches, planters, flowering plants, etc.
- Take nighttime photos of decorative yard lighting systems.
- Take pictures of your flowering mature landscaping now if you are planning to sell your home later in the season.
- Display these photos in your home in the wintertime.
- Clean, repair and paint all gutters and downspouts.
- All roof shingles, tiles, etc. should be secured or replaced. If the roof leaks, fix it.
- Make sure the garage door opens easily. Fix and paint the garage door if necessary.
- Paint chimney and replace broken bricks or stones.
- An investment in painting your home can really make the difference between “turning on” the buyer and sending up a red flag about the condition of the home.
SOME FINAL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR HOME SELL QUICKLY:
- Arrive at an equitable asking price using an appraisal.
- Don’t be afraid to accept the first offer.
- Obtain a floor plan of your home, if possible.
- Assemble house records for buyer perusal.
- Provide a map of the area and highlight special-interest items.
- Only consider written offers by lender-prequalified buyers.
- Enlist the services of a professional marketing agent such as The Young Team to market your home online, in newspapers, and through engaging and modern marketing tactics.
Often times, sellers and buyers think that once a home is under contract, the grunt work is over, but typically that is far from true. The buying/selling journey can be a long process and must meet specific agreed upon requirements. If not, the closing may experience delays.
According to a study by the Washington Post, 32% of closings get delayed. Of the third of postponed closings, financing issues triggered 46 percent, appraisal-related problems caused 21 percent of the delays, and home-inspection issues in 14 percent. 90 percent of the time, the buyer is responsible for the delay.
HOME FINANCING SETBACKS
Believe it or not, your credit score can fluctuate enough between loan approval and closing, which could result in the buyer being ineligible for the mortgage. The best way to avoid this is to incur no additional credit during this period, meaning no new car purchases, or any new credit activity at all.
Debt-to-income ratios also can change when an underwriter discovers that a buyer failed to disclose payment obligations such as child support or student loans. To avoid this, disclose absolutely everything to your loan offer. Also make sure you are not doing anything that could affect your qualifying income, such as a sudden job change.
HOME INSPECTION ISSUES
Most real estate transactions have an inspection contingency to ensure the home being purchased doesn’t have any major defects that could cost tons of money in the future.
After a home inspection is completed, the buyer has the opportunity to request repairs be completed or some type of seller concession, in lieu of the repairs. If a seller agrees to make repairs, it’s important that these repairs are done once a buyer receives their mortgage commitment.
If a closing is delayed due to inspections, it’s typically because a seller doesn’t make the agreed upon repairs. You should expect your real estate agent to follow up on the repairs to make sure they are completed well before the closing date so there are no delays.
One way to make sure your home will go through the inspection without a problem is to get a pre-listing inspection by a reputable professional before you list the house on the market. This allows the seller to fix anything important in advance.
UNDER APPRAISED HOME
Problems with a bank appraisal may be a reason your closing gets delayed. The issue normally comes down to the house under appraising for the agreed upon contract price. If the buyer and seller cannot come to new terms, or if the required repairs aren’t made, the deal could fall apart.
As long as your real estate agent is handling the transaction carefully and following up to make sure the appraisal has been completed, the house did in fact appraise, and there were no required repairs, then your closing will clear this contingency.
THE FINAL WALKTHROUGH
The last step before a home closes is the final walk through, which is especially important for the buyer. There are many things that a buyer should be on the look out for at the final walk through.
- Ensure agreed upon repairs are included
- Air conditioning is functioning
- Furnace is functioning
- Utilities are functioning
- Included appliances are functioning
- Toilets are functioning
If any one of these things are not acceptable, the closing will most likely delayed! Since the final walk through typically happens the day prior to the closing or sometimes even on the closing day, it can be extremely frustrating for a buyer. To avoid this, stay on top of the sellers to make sure their keeping their end of the deal, and disclosing if anything could delay the closing at the final walkthrough.
UNREALISTIC CONTRACT DATES
Whether you’re a buyer or seller, it’s imperative that you have a top realtor representing your interests. One of the most common reasons why a real estate closing is delayed is because of unrealistic contract dates that were agreed upon in the purchase offer. An experienced real estate agent knows how to appropriately structure the dates in a purchase offer to mitigate any prolong closings.
The majority of the time, It takes around 45-60 days for contract to close. This depends on the type of financing a buyer, if the property is bank owned, if the home is paid in cash, if there are a number of contingencies in the purchase offer, and other variables. It’s important to have the expectation that your home will take 1-2 months for closing to occur.
A top real estate professional should know whether the contract dates are realistic or not. For example, if you have a top producing listing agent and you receive a purchase offer with unrealistic contract dates, they will know what questions to ask the buyers agent and also what to advise you to counter in the purchase offer.
REACHING THE FINISH LINE
More often than not the deal will close. There just may need to be a few extra days to reach the finish line. The best option is to grant the buyer a contract extension. An extension to the contract establishes a new closing date that can be met in the future.
The new TRID law that went into affect a little over a year ago has pro-longed the closing timeline, but as long as the guidelines are followed, you can avoid delays. Under TRID, a new settlement statement called a Closing Disclosure must be issued to the borrower at least 3 days prior to closing. If that does not occur, the closing will be delayed for up to 7 days.
Everyone should embrace the style of their current era. Following interior design trends may help your home get up to modern standards, but come time to sell, the trends of 2016 can date your home. Sometimes, no matter how much money and time you invest in decorating your home, the style you once liked isn’t so desirable to potential buyers. Just by simply keeping your home decor neutral and palatable for other people’s tastes and preferences, you can avoid your home from looking out of date. Follow some of these interior design tips below to see how you can keep your home appealing for years to come.
1) MAINTAIN HARDWOOD FLOORS
There are many reasons to love hardwood floors. They are timeless because of their charming appeal and ability to go with any wall color. Not only are they stylistically a good way to keep your home from looking dated, but by maintaining your hardwood floors through refinishing, you’re can ensure they’re long-lasting and freshen up the look. It’s safe to say hardwood floors will be a desirable feature for years to come, making your home seem elegant and classic.
2) UPGRADE TO STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES
Stainless steel appliances are universal in taste and also another neutral finish for your kitchen. Any color backdrop looks good with a stainless steel accent. They are also one of the first things buyers will look at in determining if a house is dated. Stainless steel has long been associated with durability, high-end fixtures, and a modern appearance. Upgrade your kitchen to stainless steel, and you won’t go back.
3) PICK A SUBTLE KITCHEN BACKSPLASH
Kitchen backsplash trends change as frequently as this year’s interior paint colors. From 4×4 glazed tiles to mosaic tiles to subway tiles, you’ve probably seen it all. Right now, it seems most people like a small rectangular backsplash. These shapes are seen in matte finishes, iridescent and/or glass finishes and in typical glazed ceramics, and of course, marble, travertine, etc. We prefer something that is more subtle, so sticking to those neutral colors and shapes are important. When picking your backsplash, choose something that won’t scream “that’s so 2010” when you’re selling your home in 2020.
4) INSTALL WHITE CABINETRY
White cabinets stand the tests of time because the color is clean and fresh, and when it comes to your kitchen, those classic words are ideal when describing your space. It allows you to have options when choosing other colors and finishes for your kitchen, while maintaining a budget.
5) USE MARBLE
Elegance and sophistication has always been associated with marble. The use of marble dates back to ancient civilizations, and it’s still valued today as much as it was thousands of years ago. Whether it’s flooring, counters, backsplash, or furniture, marble fixtures are a truly tasteful finish with unrivaled beauty.
6) THINK MINIMAL
The cleaner your look, the less likely it is to go out of fashion. If you stick to that statement with any update, the more timeless it will be, rather than trendy. Minimalism is one of the design trends that just never gets old. The simplicity of minimalism makes it easy to incorporate into a number of other styles and trends. Minimalist style classic and classy, as it emphasizes different types of interior décor.
7) ENTERTAIN WITH FUNCTIONAL INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE
As much as people love an updated interior, they love an outdoor space just as much. When you’re entertaining for family dinners, cookouts, parties, and other warm weather activities, you want an area outside where people can gather. Building a deck or patio off your kitchen or family room allows for your guests to seamlessly walk through both your indoor and outdoor space. Outdoor spaces don’t date themselves as much as indoor areas, as long as you keep up routine maintenance.
8) FINISH WITH A FLEXIBLE COLOR THEME
Pick a base color palette that allows for some flexibility as the trends change, such as a neutral theme. Whether you love gray and white, or cream and dark stone, a neutral palette will help establish a base to build off of. Once you settle on a preference, sticking to that constant color theme will help people feel a sense of consistency. By keeping your paint job fresh and neutral, this is the simplest and cheapest way to keep tour home from looking too dated.
You put your home up for sale, but it didn’t sell. There are a number of reasons this could have happened. Maybe you listed it for sale by owner, maybe your agent didn’t fully go over the home selling process, or maybe your home had contracts or offers that didn’t go through before closing. These issues could be attributed to problems found at inspection or a low appraisal. However, failing on the first attempt doesn’t mean you’ll never sell the home. If you address why your home didn’t sell, you can still have a timely home sale.
IDENTIFY THE REASONS FOR WHY YOUR HOME DIDN’T SELL
This is the first question to ask yourself or your agent when relisting a home. Why was the home removed from the market in the first place? If your home has been on the market for some time, it may acquire a reputation among potential home buyers. To avoid a bad rep, sellers and agents typically take some time to reassess the problems behind their listing and, eventually, relist. Having learned from the failure, you should come back much smarter, relist and sell the property in record time.
Every house can sell. If yours didn’t, there’s probably a reason for it. As already mentioned, there can be many reasons for a failed sale. The top three common issues we see are:
YOUR CURRENT REALTOR’S HOME SELLING STRATEGY
PROBLEM WITH THE PROPERTY
You can identify these issues based on the feedback from agents and buyers who saw your home. Ask your agent to ask every buyer’s agent about all the objections from their buyers. By taking constructive criticism, you can realize your mistakes and improve on your next attempt to relist.
CHANGE YOUR PRESENTATION
First impressions are the most important. If your home doesn’t catch buyers’ interest right off the bat, the listing is already at a disadvantage to competitors.
A well-presented house with high quality photos will get more viewers, while listings with poor photos will struggle. Photos taken in the winter used to market a property in spring gives buyers the wrong impression about the property. Changing the photos as the seasons change shows buyers the home is fresh and doesn’t set off red flags about that reputation.
The right staging in real estate marketing can also outweigh pricing. Replacing antique furniture with modern style furniture appeals to younger home buyers. Staging a vacant home also helps buyers visualize themselves in that space, while eliciting emotion to see how they can make it their own.
MAKE LOW-COST IMPROVEMENTS
Houses that move fast are those labeled as “move-in ready.” Fortunately, there are multiple low-cost improvements you can make to the home to increase its move-in ready appeal. Painting the interior or exterior can help your home’s sale. A deep clean can also give a better impression, as well as cleaning up the trim and landscaping by adding new affordable plants.
If there are minor repairs, take care of them in advance. If they’re more major, hire a professional. While at it, get a home pre-inspection to gives yourself an idea of what to improve before the home is under contract. This is also a reassuring and motivating sign to buyers when deciding to make an offer on a home. It’s common that expensive improvements rarely pay for themselves, so focus on those obvious little improvements that could win you more viewers and ultimately a great price.
REEVALUATE THE PRICE
One of the factors for an unsalable house is the price. It most situations, we suggest never putting a home back on the market at the same price or relisting a home at a higher price.
Don’t hesitate to have a frank discussion regarding the price with your agent. Taking emotion out of the conversation will allow you to see the buyers perspective: Just because it was your dream home, doesn’t mean everyone else sees it the same way. If your home has been on the market for some time, try considering the market conditions. If you’re in a higher market, sluggish sales may motivate you to lower the price.
Making price changes often triggers a new pool of buyers, especially in the digital age where email is the preferred method of communication. A small adjustment can trigger an email alert to buyers who have set up a home search based on their price range. For example, if your home is priced at $310,000, you’re not reaching buyers who’ve set their search for homes priced between $250,000 and $300,000. Reducing the price to $299,900 will draw new impressions to the property without a significant price cut.
SWITCH UP THE MARKETING
With most home buyers looking at homes online, it takes more than just a newspaper ad to sell a house. Experienced agents have networked with area agents so they can quickly alert other agents about the sale. In addition to that, realtors need to be aggressive in marketing their properties online. Simply putting your listing on Zillow isn’t enough anymore. Out-of-the-box strategies such as social media marketing, online pay per click advertisements, and search engine optimization will help you reach more people in less time.
HIRE THE RIGHT AGENT
Lastly, find the right agent for selling your home. You don’t have to fire your real estate agent after an unsuccessful home sale, but consider creating a fresh listing by letting a new agent relist the property. In a majority of cases where a house fails to sell, you’ll find that the agent was at fault to some degree.
The seller may have also not done their due diligence. Perhaps you didn’t interview multiple Realtors, or didn’t ask the right questions. It’s important to pick the realtor that will get the job done, and not someone you know because their your friend or family.
With more people keeping a tighter hold on their finances in the recent years, the traditional estate or garage sale has become a popular resource for homeowners getting rid of their belongings and hopeful consumers looking for a deal.
It’s what we like to call a win-win: getting good deals and unloading excess clutter while making a little bit of cash is something that seems to benefit everybody. Although having a estate sale can be a great idea if you’re looking to sell your home, there are some people who don’t want to go through the process of planning.
Don’t let the hassle and other stress inducing experiences prevent you as a seller to make some fast cash. That negative understanding of a garage sale induced headache may deter you, but remember successful, hassle-free garage sale is all in the planning. A system and thoughtful preparation ensures you will have control over the garage sale, and it won’t run you into the ground.
This guide to holding an estate, garage, or yard sale will give you the best tips you’re looking for. Remember, if you are going to do it, make it worth your time.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find more information on estate sales and finding garage sales in Cleveland near you!
ORGANIZATION IS THE FOUNDATION
To have an effective garage sale, be organized and efficient. This means your garage sale should check off all these boxes:
1) THE ART OF CATEGORIZING AND ARRANGING
Try to stick with selling items that are in working condition and are not parts of something. If you do have these things, consider setting them aside so they can be hauled off with whatever is left at the end of the sale.
Put things near each other that relate to each other. For example, arrange your kitchen items with other household items, while another area can be focused on toys and children’s items. Not only will this be more enjoyable for your buyers, but you will also have a better idea of your inventory and direction. This also gives direction if someone inquires about a specific type of item.
2) A PRICE ON EVERYTHING
Negotiating can be the primarily emotionally draining and time consuming part of a estate sale, so price out everything don’t overprice anything regardless of its condition. You don’t have to cheat yourself, but be reasonable with that you’re offering. You will also find estate sale enthusiasts don’t enjoy haggling either. It’s the deal they’re after and you will have a more successful estate sale if you play to that.
3) SCHEDULING THE FIRST WEEKEND OF THE MONTH
If you are a strict budgeter, you know there is more money in the bank at the beginning of the month than the end. You’re more likely to get your things swapped up fast when deals are good and the money is there to spend.
4) “ONE DAY ONLY!” VS. “3 DAY GARAGE SALE”
Remember, our goal is to keep the irritation to a minimum, so we recommend to limit the garage sale to one day only, then get rid of your belongs that don’t sell. Also consider that garage sale enthusiasts typically don’t bother with second day sales because the deals and desirable items and are already gone.
If you are experiencing low traffic, bad weather, or still have a lot of items available, it may be a good idea to hold the sale an extra day.
5) START AND END AT REASONABLE HOURS
Research when other estate sales start. Typically you will find most estate sales start at 8 am, but enthusiasts get the jump start and come as early as 6:30 a.m. Never start too late, because your buyers might be lost to your competition. If they get too far down the road, you’re likely to be forgotten.
6) ADVERTISING WITH PURPOSE
Some local media charge a small fee garage sale listing, some don’t. Remember, most people are searching everything online, so consider posting your sale in online resources dedicated to garage sale listings free of charge. Once you decide where you want to advertise, jump on placing an ad ahead of time to get the maximum exposure.
Some details you might include in your ad are the date, your address, time range, and a very brief description of what will be available. Visuals such as pictures and maps are also helpful and grab the attention of the visual audience when placing an ad online. With all the talk of going digital, it can be easy to forget about more traditional methods. Make a compelling flyer with all the details listed above and post on local bulletin boards.
Lastly, you will want to have proper signage for your garage sale as well. Make your sign visible and durable by using anything from thick poster board to a weighted cardboard box. Make the lettering big and readable to passing cars, so they can read the sign. A garage sale sign should be simple and neat but branded with extra-large bold letters. Your address and arrows are also good indicators.
7) CAN’T SELL EVERYTHING?
The organization doesn’t stop when the estae sale is over. Having in mind a day and time a local second-hand store, such as Re-Use, can pick up leftover items will help make sure your unwanted belongings are gone for good. Have all your things organized per the instructions of the pick-up service.
OTHER GARAGE SALE TIPS
Don’t be afraid to engage your customers in friendly conversation. Not only is this a good way to meet interesting new people, but your customers will feel even more welcome and free to look around more. They may even purchase something that weren’t planning on buying.
Offering something for free can be a nice gesture, especially some early morning coffee, or even a smaller item that can be given away for free.
Hold Off and Wait for Everyone Else
Some communities and neighborhoods work together for a group garage sale that lure in crowds from local and surrounding areas. This can be an easier way to create more sales and get rid of stuff fast.
Efficiently preparing for a garage sale can be the one thing that keeps it close to a pleasant experience. Along with planning ahead, take time to briefly familiarize yourself with your local laws and ordinances. Not only are there some items that can’t be legally sold in a garage sale, in some areas, it is necessary to buy a permit to even have a sale.
Now all you will need is a power strip plugged into an outside outlet, a calculator, as well as plenty of change and one dollar bills and you’re ready for your garage sale. One last tip that can make or break your garage sale: Don’t forget to check the weather!