Four Quick Tips for Yard Sale Success

As spring approaches, yard sale season is in full swing. Those who are spring cleaning in preparation for a move or simply to declutter can make some quick cash by selling unused items to neighborhood bargain hunters. Before posting those flyers, try these yard sale tips to ensure a successful day.

1. Choose the Right Location

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Homeowners who live on secluded streets or in areas where it’s tough to pull over should consider partnering with a friend who lives in a more well-traveled area. After all, more foot and vehicle traffic means more opportunities to unload the family heirlooms taking up valuable garage space. As a bonus, multi-family sales are more likely to draw customers.

2. Pick a Date

Selecting the right day and time of year for the event is one of the most important yard sale tips. This will depend on the local climate, but in most areas of the U.S., late spring and early fall are safe bets. Saturday sales tend to be the biggest money-makers, but those with lots of inventory can even opt for a multi-day Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday sale.

3. Start Early

While 8 a.m. on a Saturday might sound early enough, yard sale pros tend to head out at the crack of dawn. Capture these early birds by opening for business no later than 6 a.m. The early rise will be worth the early buys!

4. Price Correctly

The most valuable yard sale tips are those that emphasize the importance of the right price. Everything at the sale should be a bargain. Many yard sale pros swear by the 50-30-10 rule of thumb: new items should be priced at half their original cost, slightly used items at 30 percent of the retail price, and used items at 10 percent.

 

Preparing for a yard sale can be arduous, but a portable storage container from Go Mini’s® is a great resource. Whether it’s used to store items that need to be moved or to organize sale items so they can be sorted and priced, our containers come in three sizes that are perfect for yard sale use. Call us at 1-866-466-4647 and simply decide when the container should be dropped off, and our local team will bring it to your location.

Got a Green Thumb? Here’s How to Successfully Move Your Houseplants

Image of plants in potsHouseplants require an investment of money, time, and the care for another living thing. Homeowners with houseplant collections often wouldn’t dream of leaving their greenery behind in a move, but common moving tips typically don’t cover how to transport plants across the region or nation safely. Here’s what those with a green thumb need to know about moving with houseplants.

Plant Preparation and Planning

Make sure plants are in their best health a few weeks before the move by pruning dead branches and leaves. In the final week, remove dust, pests, and weeds that are present. Plants that have pests should be quarantined and treated before bringing them to a new location. Plants in heavy pots should be transferred to lightweight plastic planters for the move. When moving to a new state, make sure that the houseplants in question can be transported across state lines, since some areas have bans on specific plant species.

Specific Travel Conditions

When possible, it’s best to move plants in a climate-controlled environment, such as an air-conditioned vehicle. Water plants well throughout the journey and bring them inside the hotel or motel if an overnight stop is planned. When flying to a new destination, avoid relying on a moving company to transport plants. In fact, many movers refuse to do so. Instead, many moving tips recommend shipping unpotted plants through the mail. Wrap the roots in a wet towel, then with plastic, and pack tightly with newspaper and bubble wrap in a box labeled as “fragile.” Choose a separate size-appropriate box for each plant. Pack plants last and unpack them first when you arrive at the new destination.

 
Visit Go Mini’s® online to learn more about our convenient moving services. We have everything homeowners need for a successful relocation, from moving and packing supplies to portable containers to a wealth of moving tips. Our easy process makes it simple to move down the street or across the country.

Five Ways to Take the Stress Out of a DIY Home Remodel

Whether it’s to keep things fresh or in preparation for a move, there’s nothing more invigorating than a DIY home remodel. But, there’s also nothing more exhausting. Here’s what to do if the process becomes too overwhelming.

Prioritize and Itemize

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Instead of trying to do everything at once, write down everything that needs to be done and then prioritize tasks by what needs accomplishing first. To keep it as simple as possible, remove anything irrelevant from the space, putting unnecessary items into temporary storage.

Ask for Help

For some people, asking for a helping hand is a difficult task in and of itself. It’s important to ask friends and loved ones for support where they shine, especially if they’re experts at certain remodeling tasks. It can even help to have someone over for emotional support to keep the mood light.

Use the Latest Technology

DIY projects have come a long way in recent years, and that’s due in part to technology. DIY tech includes helpful apps that can organize tasks, assist in budgeting, and even differentiate specific screw sizes. Use technology to track purchases, take notes, and remember small details like the names of paint colors. If technology isn’t the right fit, a good old-fashioned binder will do.

Keep It Light

DIY projects can be enjoyable. But unfortunately, there will always be moments when the desire to give up is overwhelming. When those moments come, remember what the end goal is and why the project is being done in the first place. If that doesn’t work, turn up some tunes, listen to a stand-up comedian, and keep family and friends around to keep morale high.

Start Small on DIY Projects

No one wakes up able to complete DIY projects with no practice. Try starting small on DIY projects, focusing on simpler tasks before working up to bigger goals. For example, focus on remodeling projects like sanding and refinishing before attempting to move on to more difficult projects like building things from scratch.

There’s nothing like a DIY home remodeling project, but the process can be draining. To declutter in advance of a project, check out Go Mini’s® storage solutions or give us a call at 1-866-466-4647 today.

Decluttering Tips for Putting Your Home on the Market

For a house to sell quickly, it has to be looking its best. It can be frustrating to live in a house and try to sell it simultaneously, but there’s never a better time to declutter a home than during a move. Here’s how to break it down, room by room.

Kitchen

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Kitchens are often a substantial focal point for prospective buyers, but they can’t be a selling point if they’re full of clutter. To start, be sure to clear all small appliances off of counters and remove towels and potholders that may be hanging from hooks or racks. Similarly, pot racks and utensils hanging from walls can often detract from the kitchen’s features and should be removed and placed into moving containers. Finally, wipe down the kitchen and wax the floor to give it that just-like-new shine.

Bathrooms

While modern, clean bathrooms can push a buyer to make an offer, they can often be home for some very unsightly items. Any cleaning equipment should be out of sight—after it’s used to make sure that the bathroom is clean! Anything too personal or unpleasant should be placed into storage or packed and prepared for a move itself.

Living Spaces

For living spaces like living rooms, dining rooms, and family rooms, it’s important that homes look lived in, but not messy. For example, any books or movies on display should be edited down to a few tasteful volumes. This is also an excellent time to ensure that the lighting in these rooms provides a bright, open appearance. If there are any chips or dirt on walls from hangings, consider repainting in small swatches.

Staging Tips

It’s vital for a house to feel like a home to prospective buyers. Try to consider the view of a room from every doorway, as a short glance may be all it takes for a buyer to make a judgment. Consider adding elements like additional lighting and fresh flowers, and sequester outdated or worn furniture into storage solutions until the showing is over.

Decluttering can be stressful, but it can be the difference between a home sitting on the market and a quick sale. To get started with Go Mini’s Storage options, give us a call at 1-866-466-4647 today.