If you're selling your home, a garage sale is a fantastic opportunity to get rid of items you no longer need and earn a little cash. Our REALTORS® know that a garage sale is a useful way to reduce the clutter before putting a property on the market. Check out a few tips for hosting a successful garage sale.
- Be Picky When Choosing a Date and Time
Garage sales held on the weekend are usually much busier than those held on a weekday; conventionally, Saturday is the most popular day for garage sales. Stay away from holiday weekends and days with major local events.
You'll also need to decide on a time for your garage sale. Most garage sales start in the morning and end in the early afternoon, though there may be regional variations. Check out local listings for other sales in your area to get a better idea of when they typically start and end.
- See If You Need a Permit
Most cities allow citizens to have a certain number of garage sales each year without the need for a permit. Double-check with city hall to make sure you don't need to apply for a permit or do anything special to hold your sale. You should also see if your homeowner's association has any rules governing garage sales.
- Collect Your Items
If time permits, go through your entire home to add items to your "sell" pile. While garages, basements, attics, and other storage areas are common areas housing potential sale items, you should also go through your drawers, closets, and cabinets.
Get rid of anything that you haven't used in the past six months (with the exception of seasonal items). Add any items that are duplicates or that don't have a place in your home or life to your "sell" pile. Albany homes for sale that have minimal clutter are easier to keep clean and are more attractive to potential buyers.
- Organize and Price Your Items
Organize all the items that you've collected so that you can take an inventory of what you have. Once you know what you're selling, you can start gathering items to display or hold your pieces during your garage sale, like folding tables and clothing racks.
You should price your items with adhesive sticks. Be reasonable with your prices, as buyers going to garage sales expect to find a deal. If you're selling a lot of a certain item (like books, DVDs, or baby clothes), consider offering a bulk deal to encourage buyers to purchase more than one piece.
- Advertise Your Garage Sale
It's essential to advertise your sale so that people know about it. You have a few alternatives for spreading news of your sale. Tell your family and friends, and post about it on social media. Look for local groups dedicated to secondhand purchases and garage sales to spread the word about your event.
You should also put up signs around your neighborhood and on nearby roads. See if any nearby businesses have a bulletin board for community news; if they do, add a flyer with the details of your sale. Your flyer, sign, or post should contain the location, time, and day of your sale. Ideally, it should also include some of the items that you'll be selling to entice potential buyers.
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