Moving is one of the more exciting experiences in life -- as well as one of the most stressful. Unless you keep a spartan home, you’ll spend seemingly countless hours sorting, packing and moving boxes. The only alternative is to hire moving professionals to do it for you, and depending on the type of move, that can be a huge expense.
One way to make things easier on yourself is to sell some of your belongings before you go. That not only leaves you with less to move, but it can put some cold, hard cash in your pockets to help with moving expenses or buying new things to match your new space. It’s also the perfect excuse to play shopkeeper with a blowout garage sale, which can be as entertaining as it is profitable.
But that leaves a series of questions: Sell it? Move it? Donate it? Trash it?
Let’s look at what should stay and what should go.
Unless you’re looking for a completely fresh start, chances are you’ll be keeping a lot of belongings. There are the essentials, like your computer, the kitchen appliances you use every day and your favorite clothes. Then there are your really valuable items, like fine art and jewelry. And finally, there are the items with sentimental value. These things justify their own place in the moving truck.
Decisions get tougher when you move onto other categories, like things that are old or worn. If you’ll need to replace them soon anyway, it’s often best to get rid of them now and buy the replacement after you move. There may also be things that don’t have enough monetary value to justify spending money and effort to take them with you. And there will inevitably be a load of inexpensive everyday items like office supplies, cleaning supplies, food -- pretty much anything you can get at the grocery store.
Here are a few things that savvy movers usually sell rather than transport:
There are several ways to sell your belongings before you move -- online classifieds like Craigslist, consignment shops and even e-commerce giants like Amazon -- but there’s nothing like a pre-move garage sale. To make sure yours is a success, there are a few things to keep in mind:
When the sale is over, there may be a few things left over. And since you’ve already committed to getting rid of them, consider donating them to charity rather than taking them with you.
If you have a few favorite local charities, check their websites first to see if they accept the types of donations you have. If you need more options, use an online directory like DonationTown to find out which charities accept donated goods in your area. Some charities will come to you and pick up your donation, which can really come in handy if you plan to donate furniture or other large items.
It’s hard to say goodbye to the places you’ve lived and the things you’ve lived with, but selling or donating your old belongings can make your move so much easier. If you do choose to host a moving sale, Direct Energy wishes you good weather and big crowds!