Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan-based moving company, United Moving Services, offers advice on running a garage sale ahead of a big move.
Online PR News – 14-September-2015 – Baltimore, MD – According to Gary Stone, president of Unified moving Services (www.unifiedmovingservices.com" target="_blank" class="highlight_link" rel="nofollow">http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com), a Maryland-based full-service moving company that specializes in both residential and commercial moves in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, one of the best ways to clear away clutter ahead of a big move is to host a garage sale or yard sale.
“Wading through your personal belongings, sometimes accumulated throughout a lifetime, may be a bit overwhelming, but it’s not as bad as moving to your new home with a bunch of boxes filled with things you don’t need,” says Stone. “If planned properly, you not only have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted junk ahead of your move, but you can end up with some money in your pocket. That money can go toward the cost of moving.”
Stone says that when it comes to coordinating a garage sale or a yard sale, most people don’t even know where to begin.
So, he and the staff at Unified Moving Services have come up with a list of ten tips for a successful garage sale:
1. Advertise. Put an ad on your local Craigslist, in local newspapers and even on community radio if possible, and detail what you’ll be selling. If you want your ad to stand out, try headlines with a bit of humor or hype.
2. Price/Don’t Price. If you don’t mind haggling or answering questions, don’t bother pricing every piece. If you feel that pricing is necessary, get some ready-made pricing stickers to put on the items.
3. Be Realistic. Very few buyers are expecting to spend big bucks. If you have time before your sale, visit a couple of other neighborhood sales to gauge current prices and always price to sell.
4. Have Change. The day before the sale, be sure to run to the bank to get small bills and change.
5. Hang Signs. Put up signs on busy streets and around your neighborhood that will lead shoppers to your garage sale. Use black ink on a bright background and keep your message simple and easy.
6. Curb Appeal. Put big-ticket items such as furniture, electronics or eye-catching pieces of art closest to the street for maximum visibility.
7. Offer Freebies. Put together a catch-all box of junk and mark it “free.” Place this free box on the curb. Most shoppers driving by a garage sale can’t resist the allure of freebies.
8. Let Go. It is important to divorce yourself from any emotional attachment to your stuff. Buyers probably don’t care to hear about the history behind your possessions, they’re just looking for bargains.
9. Be Flexible. As the day goes on, lower the prices as needed by knocking a dollar or two off the listed price. You can also offer package deals to folks buying multiple items.
10. Donate. Arrange to donate the leftover items at the end of the day. Be sure to get a receipt for your donation for a tax write-off.
Unified Moving Services is a full service moving company, located in Hyattsville, Maryland, that specializes in commercial, residential, local, interstate and international moves. Through an organized team of office staff, movers and a well established name and reputation Unified Moving Services has provided services to thousands of satisfied customers across the country and around the world. 2015 marks ten years of Better Business Bureau accreditation for the company. For more information call toll-free at 1-800-406-1649 or visit them on the web at http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com/.