Turn Clutter Into Cash – 4 Ways to Clear Your Home and Make Money

  1. Declutter

Getting rid of clutter is tough, but it is essential. Go through everything in your storage spaces and use this rule of thumb: if you haven’t touched that item in a year or more, get rid of it. There are obvious exceptions to this, such as repair tools or guest room items. But use common sense and remind yourself that if you aren’t using a day-to-day item and you haven’t been using it all year, it’s time to turn it into cash. Instead of preparing it for rubbish disposal you can make money from rubbish. Carrying out a rubbish clearance is the best way to dispose of your unwanted items. One of the best rubbish removal firms in London Ben and Jerry recommends that you sort your rubbish before disposing of it. This way you will separate the valuables from the items that can be called trash.

  1. Determine What to Sell, and for How Much

Determine everything you’re selling, and start putting prices on it. If you aren’t sure how to price something, you can look up two things: the item’s value sold as new, and the item’s value sold as used. Good websites to start with for the latter are Amazon and EBay.

Next, study the item’s availability. If it’s not readily available, consider bumping up its sale price a little more. If your item is readily available, you can choose to either sell at a lower cost or to market the quality of your item to compete for the sale of it.

  1. Determine Method of Sale

Determine whether you will sell it online, or locally. Reduce your waste removal costs by selling rubbish locally.

When selling online, study the options available. Sites like Amazon and EBay are great for home appliances, but sites like Etsy are better for things like jewelry, especially if it’s hand crafted.

When selling locally, decide whether you’d like to do so via Craigslist, online garage sale sites, or a real garage sale. You can also sell your gently used clothes to places like Plato’s Closet.

Remember to factor in shipping and insurance to your pricing, is applicable. If you’re selling locally, keep in mind that people might expect lower prices if they have to come and get the item. Consider delivering it if the higher price you can get for that is worth your while.

  1. Determine Your Middleman

Here is a quick guide for where to sell which items online:

Amazon Marketplace:

  • Electronics
  • Books
  • Video Games
  • Computer Equipment

eBay:

Etsy:

Craigslist:

  • Household Items
  • Small Appliances
  • Large furniture

FYI: For Art, Collectibles Items, and Other Personal Items

These can be tricky items to sell; you want to get the full perceived value for them, but this depends on what you think an item is worth and whether or not your buyer agrees. Make sure not to waste time with someone who doesn’t really want the item.

Study the item’s value (or the value of items similar to it) extensively before deciding on a price. This way, if someone tries to talk down the price, you can present proof of that item’s value and prevent yourself from settling for a price that’s too low. Be prepared to say no to low offers and remain firm; someone WILL come along who is willing to pay the price you put on the item.

If applicable, you can also have the item appraised by a professional. This person can also advise you on the best place to sell it and where to find your target audience. It’s possible that they can even work with you to sell the item (assuming you will give them a percentage of the sale price). This is a good option for antiques, collectibles, and jewelry. Don’t spend money on waste collections services when you can turn trash into treasure.

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