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How to Prepare for a Pre-Move Sale

May 15, 2019

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Moving can be the perfect time for a refresh. And with Spring in full force and Summer right around the corner, it’s a great time to host a sale. In this post, we’re providing you some tips on how to prepare, plan and organize a yard sale so you can earn some extra cash and get rid of items that you no longer need before moving day.


Tips for Hosting a Moving Sale

Check with Authorities

Chances are, there won’t be any issues but you should check with your local authorities to see if you need a permit or if there are any rules you need to follow. Do this about one month out so that you have time to get a permit and get it figured out.

Weekends Work Best

Many people look forward to yard sale season and they book out extra time during their weekends to browse local spots. It’s still important to exclude holidays because shoppers may have plans or be out of town. When you announce the official date, include the sale hours, such as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m and be prepared for people to stop by at any time. No matter what time you start, some will show up a half-hour early. It’s best to be prepared.

Plan for the Weather

If the forecast is showing showers, make sure to have sheets of plastic on hand to quickly cover everything. If it’s going to be hot, have some bottled water on hand because shoppers will appreciate a cold beverage.

Spread the Word

Word of mouth works well but you’ll want to expand your reach by advertising in the newspaper or online classifieds. You can also share on social media. When you’re creating your ad, include the following information:


  • The date, time and street address
  • A specified rain date
  • A description of popular items such as furniture, appliances, tools and electronics
  • And a phone number so people can call for more information or to get directions


When posting on social, you can take advantage of city-specific hashtags such as #MovingSale happening in #Hartford today!

Price Items Ahead of Time

Don’t wait until the last minute to put a price to your items. That will save you the hassle or trying to haggle with people visiting your sale. You can do some simple research on eBay or online to determine how much you can reasonably expect to sell your items.


Once you have a price, put a tag or sticker on each item before placing them where the customers will notice them.

You’ll Likely Have Hagglers


There are many people who will be okay paying the prices you’ve set, but there are also those that will like to haggle you down. If you’ve found an interested buyer for an item but they don’t want to pay full price, consider dropping it down. But be fair to yourself. Ultimately, you set the terms.

Offer Bulk Discounts

When you create deals, you can help increase sales and get people interested in buying items that may not otherwise shop.


For example, if you sell a book for $1, you can offer two for $1.50, or three for $2. It will make your buyers feel like they’re getting more for their money.


Keep Items Organized


When you arrange similar items together, people will understand your system. 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 table. Also, provide enough room for people to browse without feeling crowded.


Most importantly, enjoy it! And when you’re all said and done, you can donate the items you didn’t sell. You’ve already decided to live without them, so you shouldn’t add them back into your belongings. It gives you less items to move in the long run!


If you’re preparing for a move in the near future, we can help. Get in touch with our team to find out more about our services.


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