Once you've sold your home and found a new house among Wichita homes for sale, you don't want to move things you no longer want or need. Before you toss it all or donate it all, hosting a garage sale is a great way to make a fast buck. But, it's not an easy buck, and you'll have to put in some effort to make your garage sale successful. Our real estate agents recommend the following tried and true methods to make that happen.
- Time it Right
The second Saturday in August is National Garage Sale Day. It's a great time because most people are back from vacations, and kids are just starting school. If you can't do it then, avoid scheduling it for a holiday weekend otherwise, the holiday will affect turnout.
- Get Organized
Have everyone in the house pitch in. Gather stuff together and organize it on tables in the garage, basement, or somewhere they're out of the way. Keep adding to the pile as you sort through clothes, toys, kitchen goods, electronics, etc. As you organize, you'll likely think of other items you should add, and your sorting area will grow exponentially.
Get creative, but not too creative. Make sure the date, time, and address are clear and easy to find. As you're writing your ad, be sure to highlight items that will draw customers interested in what you have to sell. Whether it's electronics or baby clothes, furniture or artwork, entice your prospective customers.
Social media is free, and there are often pages dedicated to local garage sales. There is also Craigslist and other online classified sites. And, don't forget the tried and trusted flyers and posters that you can put up on street lamps, street corners, bulletin boards, etc.
- Put a Price on it!
There are two prices in a garage sale. What it's worth to the seller, and what it's worth to the buyer. Price your items in between these. This will encourage negotiation and won't scare buyers from the table. Make sure each item has a price tag on it, and be ready to negotiate down to a fair and reasonable price. That said, if it's something you just want gone, go ahead and let it go for a lower price.
- Secure the Cash (and Your Home!)
Always keep just enough cash out to make change. Any excess should go inside and straight into a secure storage box. In fact, before your garage sale, go to the bank and make sure you have plenty of $1s, $5s, $10s, and a few rolls of quarters to start the day. You'll also want to make sure that all doors and windows to the home are locked and secure.
- Bake Treats and Make Lemonade
Fresh brownies, Rice Krispie treats, cookies, lemonade, etc., are cheap and easy to make. Not only will people appreciate a quick and low-cost snack, but it will also open conversation and encourage them to browse while they're eating or drinking.
Ready to make your move? Contact us, and we'll help you put your home on the market and secure the offer that will help you move into your next home.