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Liquidate or donate

March 11, 2010 | Moving Guides & Tips

You’ve decided for certain you’re moving and you’ve gone through your belongings. Once you decide what to part with, decide how. If you’re selling a home, the buyer may be your best customer. Some items can often be sold with a home. In fact, there are all kinds of ways to get rid of unwanted items and make a good profit in the process.

  • Have a garage sale. Organize it, advertise it and manage it. If you have kids who are old enough, let them sell their old toys and keep the profits to buy something special — after you’ve moved. You’ll be amazed to see how profitably your trash can become someone else’s treasure.
  • Advertise in the classifieds or online. For more valuable items, post a classified ad in your local paper or online. Many Web sites, including Craigslist, offer free or low-cost listings that can reach hundreds or thousands of people. Including a photo of the item can enhance its value and exposure.
  • Donate to your favorite charity. While one dress or suit doesn’t weigh much, the average full wardrobe carton weighs 75 pounds. So, if you’re never going to wear it, don’t move it. Contact your local Goodwill agency and make a donation — there may be tax benefits.

Visit Wheaton’s Web site for more ideas to save money moving.

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