DIY of Selling Your Stuff

Senior Couple Holding Yard Sale

DIYer (Do-It-Yourselfer): someone who loves getting things done using their own two hands, a little bit of creativity, and, very occasionally, the directions.

When moving, it’s usually necessary to sell some of the old items that you won’t be able to take with you to your new home. If you’re a DIYer, chances are that during the moving process you’ll want to be the one to sell your extra things. At TAD Relocation, we admire that kind of resourcefulness and creativity, and we’ve got a few tips to help you find the best avenues for selling your old items. Don’t worry, these aren’t “the directions” to selling your things – they’re just a few words of encouragement to vitalize your efforts.

Get Creative

One of our favorite examples of DIY creativity is the story of one of our clients who owned a piano. As our client was preparing to move, they found that they weren’t going to be able to bring their piano with them. They were having a tough time finding a home for the instrument, and moving it any distance would have been fairly costly given the item’s size and weight.

Knowing that the solution was to find the piano a new home that was close to its old one, our client decided to go door to door around their neighborhood. They ended up finding a neighbor willing to pay $100 for the piano. When moving day came, all the movers had to do was roll the huge instrument a short distance to its new home right down the street.

Whatever item you’re looking to sell, it’s a good idea to get creative. Door-to-door salesmanship can work well for larger items that are difficult to transport long distances. Try to think of unique avenues for selling, and of people or places that could use your items. And if your first ideas don’t work out, stay determined. With some creativity and perseverance, you’ll be able to find the perfect homes for many of your old things.

Avenues to Use

Door-to-door salesmanship is just one of many avenues you can use to sell your things. Here are a few more:

Yard Sales: If you have enough items you’d like to sell, a yard sale can be a useful and fun way to find new homes for your old things. If you’re not sure you have enough items, consider joining in at a community yard sale, or checking to see if any friends or family would like to join in.

Community Bulletin Boards: These outlets can be great for reaching people around you, but you might need to put in a little bit of work designing something that will get noticed. Consider making pages with tear-away segments of contact information, or get creative and design an eye-catching flyer. It might just be the way that you find a home for some of your old items.

Craiglist: As we’ve discussed in previous posts, online channels like Craigslist can be a great way to sell your things. Craigslist is location-based, so it’s a great way to reach a nearby audience. If you’re not technology savvy, don’t worry – just ask a family member or friend to help you post your item.

A Few Tips

As you’re going about the process of selling your things, here are a couple of final tips to make sure you’re on the right track.

Firstly, remember to do your research beforehand so that you know what kind of price you can expect your old stuff to garner. Even if you’ve had an item appraised, keep in mind that appraisals are for insurance purposes. They don’t necessarily reflect the market price of items, so check out what items similar to yours are selling for and plan accordingly.

Secondly, get others involved during the process. Friends and family can be great resources for helping you sell your stuff. Whether they’re helping design flyers, figuring out the best method to post items online, or pooling their stuff with yours to create the biggest and best possible yard sale, they’ll help you get things done more quickly and with better results – and hopefully, they’ll make the process more fun. Doing something yourself doesn’t have to mean doing something alone.

All right, now it’s time to get started! With these tips and a bit of resourcefulness, perseverance, and creativity, you’ll be able to find homes for your old items. Want more help or advice? Get in touch with us online, or give us a call at 240.403.0177 to find out how we can assist you in the process of selling your old things.