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Plan a Garage Sale Before You Move

If there’s one thing that’s always true about moving, it’s that it is the perfect opportunity to go through all your stuff and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Clearing out unwanted or less-used items makes packing, moving, and unpacking less stressful and less time-consuming. Doing a pre-move garage sale is a great way to free yourself of those extra items and make some extra money for the move as well.

Hosting a successful garage sale takes a bit more work than simply arranging your stuff on your front lawn and sticking up a sign. If you want to get rid of the most items possible and for the best price possible, follow the following tips:

DECIDE WHAT TO SELL

Go through each room in your home with a notebook and decide what things you no longer want to keep. The next step is gathering them all together and making sure they are in good shape. People who frequent garage sales are looking for bargains, but that doesn’t mean they want something that is old or falling apart.

CHECK WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES

If you are planning a garage sale in Chicago you must have a permit. Residents are limited to 3 sales per year, with the third sale being a moving sale. Each Garage sale is limited to 3 consecutive days between 9:00 a.m. and sunset. The permits are FREE and must be displayed during the sale period.

SELECT A DATE

Everybody loves a sunny weekend garage sale! Spring/Summer is usually the ideal time for hosting a garage sale, since the weather is finally turning and people are eager to be outside. Timing wise, aim to start in the morning and go through the afternoon. If you still have a lot left at the end of the day, it’s time to go for the deep discounts.

PRICE IT RIGHT

We all find value in our belongings, but garage sale shoppers are looking for a bargain! Be careful not to over-price items. If you can, check out a couple garage sales in your neighborhood so you can see what kind of prices are being set. Remember that you are trying to get rid of these items, so price them in a way that will make a buyer ready to take it right then and there. Write your prices clearly with a marker on a sticker and affix it to the item. Also make a list of all your items and posted prices to have with you the day of your sale for easy inventory and price questions.

BE CREATIVE WITH THE ADVERTISING

You want to make sure that people are able to find your garage sale. A sign on the side of the road is the most common way to advertise it, but it’s not necessarily the most effective. Many libraries, grocery stores, and other public spaces allow posting fliers with permission. Do the advertising ahead of time, in the newspaper, public places and on social media. The more you get the word out, the more likely you are to draw a decent crowd

GET ORGANIZED

Organize your items in a way that makes sense. Clothes and accessories, dishes and kitchen items, home decor, and furniture. Display items in a way that makes them easier to sift through, such as records in a cardboard box, clothes hanging on a rack, and jewelry laid out on a mat. Make sure you rearrange items as other things are sold to keep the display enticing.

DONATE THE REST

If you end up having some stuff left at the end of your garage sale, you may want to consider donating it to a good cause. If they were good enough to try to sell, they should be good enough to donate. Find a local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other donation center. Don’t forget to get a receipt, your donated items can be tax-deductible.

Always keep in mind the main goal of your sale: to clear out items you won’t be taking with you on your move! Now that you are ready to move, Elite Moving & Storage can help you with moving services. We’re highly rated, safe movers that offer full moving services year round. Contact us today for all your moving service needs!

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5 Take-Charge Tips for Your First Move

It’s your first move! This can be an exciting, yet stressful time. We can help, though. Over the years, we’ve developed some tried-and-true tips for maneuvering any move. Here’s what we’ve learned.

1. Hire professional movers

This is a big milestone, yet you want to save money. We get that. But please, please don’t solicit help from your friends and family to move you, unless you really only own two boxes of clothes, a laptop, a lamp, and a turtle in a tank. We know this from experience. If something goes wrong, you’ve ruined a relationship. Have a good moving company do it. Then, ask your friends over to have a celebratory/goodbye drink with you before the moving truck arrives, or after it leaves.

2. Declutter, and get organized

Moving is a great time to pare down to the essentials. The more you have to move, the more work you have to do. So, take this as an opportunity to decide what to keep and what to toss. Do you really need that sweater your aunt gave you three years ago, that you’ve worn twice – on trips to see her? Use this rule of thumb: If you didn’t use it for a year, you won’t need it again. Label your boxes, so that you know what goes where. And keep important things – IDs, pets, work papers, toiletries, tools you’ll need for your move – with you. You may also want to keep a few extra changes of clothing close by.

3. Don’t let the paperwork slide, and document everything

Change your address. Have your utilities turned off at the old place (if needed) and turned on in the new. Get insurance. Change your address with the post office. Make sure you know what’s in your rental contract, since that tells you which utilities you’re responsible for, and how much of a deposit you need to pay. If you’re not moving into your own home, take pictures of the space before you move in. That way, if there are any questions about what damage happened while you lived there, you have a record.

4. Google it

If you have questions about how to pack something, you can find plenty of resources online. Heck, we at Elite Moving & Storage have a whole page devoted to videos about packing your things properly. For the safety of your things, if you’re not sure how to pack properly, don’t just wing it. You won’t regret taking the time to do the research, working with little extra care when you pack, and using the proper padding. Learn how to pack your kitchen and other items here.

5. Make a budget – and stick to it

Make sure you have accounted, in your financial calculations, for rent, mortgage, furniture, decor, utilities, and other expenses that you may now have. Make a budget beforehand, and create a guide for living that takes your income and lifestyle into account. Remember, there’s a difference between need and want. If you’re on a budget – get only what you need, and then prioritize your wants. Don’t forget to set aside money for emergencies.

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