Spring Cleaning Series: Four Garage Sale Tips for Your Move

When you’re getting ready to move, a garage sale can be a big help. Not only does a garage sale help you get rid of unwanted possessions, it can also help you put some money back in your pocket. That extra cash can be really nice for when you get your new house ready. Here are four tips to help you make your pre-move garage sale a success

Image of a yard sale. Learn about how to run a successful garage sale before your Cleveland or Columbus residential move.

Plan Ahead

First thing that you should do is see if your town or city requires a permit for a garage sale. Nothing puts a damper on a good sale like having a government official tell you that you need to shut your event down. You’ll also have to make sure that you have the tools necessary to run a garage sale. It’s hard to display your items if you don’t have any available tables or racks for whatever you’re selling.


Speaking of the items you’re selling, you’re going to have to figure out what you should try and sell and what’s better off for the trash. Start setting items that you can sell off to the side and throwing broken or unfit goods away ahead of time so that you’re not in a rush come sale day.

Get to Work

Once you have a collection of sellable items, organize them into similar categories such as clothing or books. A messy garage sale isn’t going to be all that enticing as an organized one. If you want some inspiration on how to set up your garage sale, don’t be afraid to visit a few before you hold your sale so that you can see what works and what doesn’t for yourself.


Another areas that will require some work is advertising. People won’t come to your yard sale unless they know it’s going on, especially if your house isn’t on a main street. The trusty poster board signs are always a good way to point potential people to your garage sale. Libraries, stores, and other public spaces may also allow you to put up posters with important information to help get the word out.

Be Prepared for Your Yard Sale

You can’t stop the weather, but you can have a rain date. Make sure to have a backup date just in case Mother Nature decides to wreak havoc on your garage sale.


Make sure to have change available. You don’t want to miss out on a sale because you couldn’t make change for a $20. Also, have your pricing ready and displayed for your potential customers. People don’t come to yard sales to deal with high prices, so don’t overprice your goods and drive buyers away. There’s also a good chance that you’ll have some hagglers in the crowd. Don’t be afraid to make a deal if it leads to a sale.

Take Care of the Extras

Once you’re garage sale is done, it’s time to collect what’s left. You can either hold another sale or decide what to do with the remaining items.


Whether you donate, trash, or keep these possessions, you’ll still have a whole house of items that need to be moved. Give us a call at 888-711-5957 or contact Andrews online today to get a quote on residential moving services in Cleveland and Columbus

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