One of the best parts of moving is that it provides you with solid motivation to go through your entire home and decide what things you want to keep around and what you can live without. However, once you go through all of the belongings in your home and decide what you want to keep and what you don't, you have to figure out what to do with all the items you want to get rid of. Here are a few suggestions that will assist you with getting rid of unwanted items before you move.
Go Through All The Rooms In Your Home
First, before you can get rid of unwanted items, you need to go through all the rooms in your home. You should go through all of your belongings eight to seven weeks before your move.
Set Up An eBay Account Six Weeks Prior To Your Move
The first thing that you should do, about six weeks prior to your move, is set up an eBay account if you don't already have one. It is relatively simple to set up an account; you just need an email address and valid bank account.
Once you have an account set-up, you are going to want to start listing items for sale. You should plan on it taking at least two weeks for an item to sell. Once it sells, you are going to need to box it up and ship it to the buyer. You are not going to want to be running around, shipping items the week before your move, which is why you should start this task early.
List all of the items that you think you can make some money off of on your account. Be sure to include detailed descriptions as well as lots of pictures. Items with pictures tend to sell better than items with just descriptions. Search on eBay to see what the items you want to sell are priced at, and price your item within the general range so that it moves quickly.
Be prepared to respond to buyer's questions and inquires; your responsiveness to buyers will affect your seller rating, which is vital to your eBay success. Buyers like to make purchases from sellers with high ratings, so be sure to be on top of all your eBay listings. Doing this in advance of your big move will help you keep your seller rating high.
Post Items On Craigslist Four Weeks Out
After you have had the items listed on eBay for about two weeks, move on to Craigslist with the items that you can't sell. Once again, be sure to provide details as well as pictures if you really want to move your listing. Search for similar items for sale in your area and pay attention to what they are listed at; you are going to want to price your items below or around the same price as similar items if you want to sell them quickly.
When selling items, arrange to meet at a neutral location, such as the parking lot of a local store or police station. To make things easier on yourself, try to set aside two specific days to meet with all potential Craigslist buyers.
Have A Charity Organization Pick Up Items 3 Weeks Prior
After you have attempted to sell your belongings and make some money off of them, your next best bet is to give them away. This should occur around the three week mark. Many charitable organizations will send a truck out to your home to pick up donations. Call your local charitable organizations that specializes in re-selling items and see if any of them will come to you for pick-up or if they know an organization that will do so.
If none of your charitable organizations will come out, arrange to drop off the items.
Arrange For A Garbage Pick-Up
Finally, even after going through your belongings and selling and donating as many of them as possible, you are still going to have unwanted items as you pack up your house. You may be surprised at how much junk you still have to throw away. It is likely that the last day that your trash comes before you move, you'll far exceed the capacity of your trashcan. You can combat this by arranging for a special garbage pick-up where you are allowed to put extra trashcans out or large items on the curb. Some garbage companies allow you to get a certain number of extra pickups per year for free and others charge for these services.
If you start going through your belongings about two months before your big move, you can sell items you don't want anyone and recoup some of the costs that come with moving. Although you can follow the same steps above within a shorter time frame, such as a month, taking two months to complete these tasks will reduce the associated with going through your home and make the process smoother for you. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Caccamise Moving & Storage Co.