How to sell your clutter quickly

When trying to create more space in your home, the first thing you need to tackle is clutter. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure so when taking a look at what you want to get rid of, consider whether it would benefit someone else and whether it’s worth giving away for free, donating to a charity, or indeed attempting to sell to the highest bidder.

There are a few different ways you can sell your clutter quickly, and we’ve taken a look at the options for you here:

Car boots are as popular as they have ever been

If you’re thinking of selling items at a car boot, you want to make sure you are selling the right things for the right price. Car boots are generally the cheaper end of the spectrum so if you had hoped to get a fair buck for certain items this perhaps isn’t the place to sell.

If you’ve never been to car boot before, it might be worth visiting a few beforehand so you can gauge what things are being sold and at what price.

Once you’ve decided on a car boot, you want to make sure you order your items accordingly:

  • Make sure everything is clearly marked up and correctly packed to avoid any damages
  • Pack something to display the items, such as a table or clothes rail – this will help get the best price
  • Take a cash float (in case people don’t have the correct change) and perhaps even throw in some carrier bags

On the day you want to arrive early to get a good spot. And be prepared to haggle with people to get the best deal. Be sure you check the weather too as sometimes car boots can get called off in bad weather.

There are number of ways to sell online

eBay and Facebook are the most popular choices.  As with the car boot, you want to do a bit of research first on items similar to the ones you are looking to sell. You can see how they are presenting the items, how they’re describing the items, and how much they are looking to sell them for; giving you a better indication of what to expect.

When using eBay, the best way to optimise what you’re selling is to add as much information as possible. Include colour, size, condition, and any keywords to describe the item. The more information you have, the more people will be able to find the item and have more confidence in buying from you.

Photography is very important online! You want to have genuine photos of the items with clear backgrounds so people can really see what they are looking to purchase. It can be tempting to list all your items at once, but algorithms suggest it’s better to list your items on a daily basis so people find new items every time they view your stuff.

When using Facebook, similar rules apply for how to present your items. However, there are a number of different ways to sell on Facebook; from marketplace, to buy & sell groups. The difference between these and eBay is that you don’t have a shopping cart, so essentially, you’re not buying and selling in the traditional sense. When someone shows interest, it doesn’t mean they are necessarily going to buy your item. It’s more the start of a negotiation process where you agree a final price with the buyer and then provide details for where to make the exchange of money for goods.

Store your clutter whilst selling

You might find you have a lot of items you want to sell, but in the mean time you still want the extra space in your home. That’s where Chelsea Storage come in! We offer convenient and secure storage space units for the public for as long or as short as you want it, at prices to suit all budgets. Call us today FREE on: 0808 1681310 to discuss your requirements or request a storage quote; and get your very own storage space in London today.