Last Friday we helped some friends clean out their garage. No, we don’t do this for fun, though I have to admit we had some. These friends had just consolidated a big chunk of their outside life into their personal garage, and they needed help getting their space back.
Enter the Craigslist Guru, also known as my husband Warren.
He has a very effective method you can use:
- Assign one person as the picture taker/ad poster; everyone else sorts/moves/cleans
- Pull out the first 3-5 things you want to sell, preferably the big items.
- Clean them off, take pictures, and post the ads on Craigslist.
- Continue the above process along with checking for ad responses every 15 minutes.
- Encourage people to purchase that day by offering a slight discount.
- Take only cash (state it in the ads).
- Keep in touch with interested buyers until the item is sold. The first person who says he wants it doesn’t always show up, so you can go back to #2 and #3 if necessary.
That’s it. Using this strategy, you can clean out a good portion of your garage in one afternoon because people are moving/sorting/cleaning while ads are going out and people are coming to buy.
People will continue contacting you about the remaining items over the next several days. Getting this done on a Friday will encourage sales through the weekend, and by Monday you’ll be looking at a much less cluttered garage.
I can’t promise that your garage cleaning experience will be as fun as ours, but with a system it can be fairly quick and mostly painless (especially when you start counting the cash!).
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