Thursday, May 31, 2012

Selling up and getting ready to go

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You may want to sell ...

- Caravan, boat, jet ski etc
(our caravan was aptly called "Destination Paradise".  
Sold so we can reach our real Paradise Destination!)

- Family Home
- Investment Property
- Vehicles including Motor Vehicle – suggest you do this last.


Selling your home or investment property
Be pro-active if you are selling your home.
Don’t just leave it to the Real Estate Agent. 
Have them print you flyers ,and go to a nearby area that is one step down in price from your home, and letterbox drop.  Or put them on cars in a shopping centre or area event.
Try to control the newspaper advertising – you could be up for thousands of dollars.  
Find an RE Agent that has good web exposure.  
Our agent had his own face-book page.  
I also listed in Face-book when we had Open Inspections, and there are Real Estate Face-book pages.  Be prepared it could sell quickly or slowly.

Sell unwanted furniture, and household items
These include bikes and sporting goods that could be outgrown - to lessen storage costs and space
If going for over 2 years, can I suggest you sell computers and electrical goods.
They date and will be worth little on your return.

Garage Sales & on-line Sales

Have a good few sales…
Start clearing out as soon as you decide to go. 

Garage Sales
I had 4 garage sales – I merged with friends at their houses, and also did one at the start for 3 days here, prior to the house going on the market. 
The last one once the house is sold, and my essentials packed.
Also try to do a Friday to Sunday. 
I made the most $$ each time on the Friday. 
Parents are childfree and partner free (no whispers of “you don’t need that”!).
They have more time to browse.

Selling on-line with Ebay, Quicksales etc
I suggest sell good items online to maximise funds. 
My son sold all his toys and the money is for a visit to Disneyland etc. 
I let him choose what to sell and keep.  
He only regretted one thing.
We were fortunate that a motel was setting up a kid’s playroom for guests, and we sent 17 large boxes to Queensland.
I also found the less toys he had the more he played with the good ones.
You can find my store at: and search for colossal

Selling Plants, Pots and Garden ornaments etc
Clean up and tidy your garden and decide what you want to keep, or sell or rent with your home if you are selling.
If you have beautiful pot plants, they might not be so beautiful, or may die, water restrictions may occur, the carer may become ill, or need to move, or a plethora of circumstances may see your treasures end up as dead sticks if you leave them in some one else’s care.
I am selling off my good ones on ebay (you will get more $$ than a garage sale) or offer them to the house buyer when the house is sold.   
The remainders can then go in the final moving sale, and what is not sold can then be offered to friends and family to care for.

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