Selling Your Things Before Moving Cross Country

When it comes to moving, especially moving expenses, having an excess number of items can really get in the way of your productivity. There are different ways to go about selling your things or bringing them with you; however, if you are in the situation where you must get rid of your stuff, your cross country movers at Graebel Van Lines® have a few tips for you to follow.

First, you should start with the keep-sell-donate method:

  • Keep: These are things you cannot live without, even if they have to go into storage.
  • Sell: Before you begin selling your things, you can offer them to family and friends. The things that are left over can then be put up for sale online, at a yard sale, or in the local paper.
  • Donate: Whatever makes it past the yard sale can go to your local charities the same day.

If you would rather have more fun with selling your things, your cross country movers suggest having a reverse birthday party! A reverse birthday party is a fun way of getting rid of your favorite belongings by giving them to your friends. Each item you want to get rid of will have a tag and your guests can walk around and “shop” at your house, writing their name on the tag on the item they wish to bring home with them. If more than one name is on an item, you can get your friends to have a “style off”. This is where they model the items in a distinctive way that earns them the most votes from the crowd.

If you choose to begin selling your things on Craigslist or another online site, create an alias email that does not give out any of your personal information.

If you afraid you are going to miss your things, cross country movers suggest taking plenty of great photos for memories. You can have fun with it and make a white, seamless background if you would rather not have pictures of what is in the background in the room.

When it comes to getting rid of all of the food in your house, you can allow your friends and family to take some with them at your reverse birthday party. If not, you can visit the Move for Hunger website for the list of relocation companies that will pick up and deliver non-perishable food to your local food bank.

Getting rid of and selling your things before moving should be fun for everyone. Take these tips and suggestions from your cross country movers at Graebel Van Lines® into consideration before you move to your new home.