The Secrets to a Super Yard Sale

Spring is a great time to clean out your home and garage and have a yard sale. Not only do you de-clutter, but you may get a nice little bundle of cash to boot!

Here are a few tips that will make your sale successful.

Plan Ahead: Find out if your homeowners’ association has restrictions on yard sales and sign postings. Determine if you have adequate parking for many cars at one time. If not, ask a friend to lend their yard.

Pick a Date: Don’t plan your sale on a holiday weekend. Schedule it for the first Saturday following typical paydays, like the 1st or 15th of the month.

Advertising: We have several free and paid subscription newspapers in our area that list garage sales. You may want to split the cost with a neighbor and hold a multi-family sale.

Signs: These are important so make sure they are large legible and colorful. Don’t use flimsy poster paper, use cardboard or even drywall. Arrows are very helpful.

Early Birds: Often, professionals who plan to buy your stuff for cheap and resell at a profit in an antique shop or on Ebay will show up extra early… even the day before! Put a line in you’re ad that says “No Earlybirds,” and a sign in your yard that reads, “prices double for earlybirds!

Ticketing: Mark every single item clearly on top for large items, use large signs that are visible from the street.

Negotiating: Know the value of your merchandise and stick to your guns. If someone haggles on a high-ticket item early, ask them to stop by later or take their phone number in case it doesn’t sell.

Scammers: Sadly, a yard sale is an easy target for theft. A large group may swarm and distract you with questions while others steal. Some pass bad checks or offer to total the purchases, incorrectly.

Have Handy: An extension cord, batteries and sodas to sell, dozens of grocery bags, lots of small bills and change in a carpenter’s apron or fanny pack, a cell phone, a calculator, and several people to help you.

Determining Your Home’s Value

This is usually the most sensitive aspect of a home selling transaction. In a majority of cases, the home seller wants to price the property much higher than its current market value. And it’s no wonder because the seller is emotionally tied to the home and the outcome of the transaction.

However, it’s important to remember that we, as REALTORS, deal with this exact issue every day. We are able to provide information that will help you decide on a fair market price, based on unbiased facts and market trends, not personal preferences.

There are many factors that influence the price you can get for your home, including:

  • The status of the current real estate market
  • The expertise and knowledge of your real estate representative
  • Basics such as lot size, square footage and condition of your home
  • Desirability factors, including location, special amenities and property attributes
  • Selling and listing prices of comparable homes
  • A sophisticated real estate marketing campaign
  • Your level of motivation

What does not affect the price you can receive for your home:

  • The amount of money you’ve spent on improvements
  • What you originally paid for the home
  • What you owe on your mortgage or home equity loan
  • How much profit you wish to make from the sale
  • What friends – and even appraisers – have told you its worth


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