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Jump start on the Spring market


As a Realtor, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is "What do I do to get my house ready to sell?"  My answer almost always has one common!  Houses show much nicer with a few tasteful decorations than an over abundance of adornments.

One great way to purge unwanted or unused items is to have a garage sale.  The few extra dollars in your wallet can't hurt either.  Here are my tips for hosting a very successful garage or yard sale.

1)  Create an inventory sheet of what you're selling and their prices, just in case the tag is missing.

2)  Price it right.  Although you want to price your items slightly higher to account for haggling, don't price them so high that you can't sell them.  Remember, shoppers expect bargains.

3)  Sell with others.  Recruit your neighbors, family and friends to sell their stuff with yours.  Bigger garage sales often attract more people.

4)  Get your items ready to sell.  Clean your sale items, and make sure that they're in good shape.  If you're selling electronics, make sure they're in good working order and have the cords attached.

5)  Set the date and place for your sale.  Saturday is the best day of the week to hold your garage sale.  Choose a date a few weeks in advance to give you time to prepare, and choose an alternative date as well in case of bad weather.

6)  Advertise your garage sale in the local newspaper, on Craigslist and with signs on your local roads.  Choose bright colored poster board or cardboard and write the details of your sale in large black letters that drivers can see from their vehicles.

7)  Set up an hour or two early on the morning of the sale.  Experienced shoppers will show up at the posted time so they can score the best deals.  Statistics show that the best time to start the sale is 7:00 am, so plan to start setting up at 6:00 am.

I hope these tips work for to bring you a successful sale, less cluttered home, and more dollars in your wallet!  For more tips on buying or selling a house contact me by cell phone: 215-802-5984, or email: and I can customize a plan to suit your needs.

Happy Spring!

Ruth Ann Roche


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