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How to Sell Your Items When Preparing to Move

by | Sep 3, 2023

Decluttering your home is a very helpful step towards preparing to move. That’s why we have been writing about it quite extensively on several occasions. But what to do with those items you decide not to keep anymore? As mentioned before, there are various options to donate them to charity. If the items are not in a good condition anymore, there is recycling as an alternative to simply throwing them in the trash. But we also understand that moving into a new home is often a cost-intensive project. So it is only logical for many people to try to recoup at least a percentage of these expenses by selling some of your unwanted possessions. To help you with that, we have compiled a list of options for you:


Websites to Sell Your Items When You Are Preparing to Move


Selling locally when preparing to move

One of the classic options for selling locally is to hold a garage/yard sale. Depending on your location and what kind of items you have to sell, you can even rent a stand on a local flea market.

If you do not want to handle the sale yourself, you can also look for a consignment store. Keep in mind though that the store will keep a certain amount of the sale price and that it might take a while until the items are actually sold.


Selling online when preparing to move

If you prefer to sell your belongings online you have an increasing variety of options. Which one is the best for you depends on

  • what you want to sell (Some websites specialize on certain groups of goods and have an either general or more specialized audience)
  • how you want to sell (auction or fixed prize, or even both)


There are specialized sites like thredUP and Poshmark, but of course eBay as a generalist is always an option, just like for books (see next).


BookFinder and Barnes & Noble (textbooks) are two examples for specialized book-selling sites. Amazon is turning more and more into a general market place, but books (including used books) are of course still a typical thing to buy and sell there. 

These are a few other online places where you can sell your used items. You can find further information in the sources list underneath this article.

If you want to target a local audience while advertising online, try Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.

Once more tip for selling successfully/safely: If the exchange of money and goods is supposed to take place in person, try meeting in a public place, for example a cafe, restaurant etc. If the items are hard to transport and you really need the potential buyer to come to your house/apartment, try to not be alone when they come over. Not to be paranoid here, but safety first!

This is a motto that you want to apply when choosing your partner for doing the actual move as well. Have a look at the other sections of our website to find out more about why you should choose Brothers EZ Moving. Do you have any further questions? Simply send us a note or give us a call!




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