Unless you are relocating due to work and your company is picking up the tab, moving house can be an expensive time. Even if you find a firm with low rates and reasonable fees, you still may find yourself shelling out money you don’t have just to move into your new home. Luckily moving home is a great opportunity for most people to sort through their possessions and make money. This can either be put towards the cost of the move, or help reduce the costs of the move by moving fewer items. Follow this simple guide to start earning money when you move home.
Organize Your Move
Most removal firms give you boxes and it’s up to you to pack yourself. This is cheaper but it can be time consuming. Therefore, starting as far as possible in advance will give you time to develop a good strategy. Organized people start boxing up the possessions they use less frequently first and leave all of the items they use on a daily basis until last. You may like to write down the contents of each box on a sheet of paper and use a different color marker for each box. Label the boxes so the removal firm employees know what to put where in your home.
Sell Unused Items Online
Sorting through the items you use less frequently gives you a great opportunity to pick out things you don’t want or need any longer and sell them online to raise extra cash. Many online auction sites now have mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows smart phones and tablets. You can take photographs as you go and list items in under a minute once you get the hang of it. Not only do get to make money out of unwanted possessions such as bicycles your kids have grown out of or furniture you don’t like, you save time packing them as well. The fewer belongings you pack, the less the removal firm will charge.
Hidden Cash In Junk Cars
If you have a junk car, even one that won’t even start, you may have considered leaving it when you move. You may believe that you’ll have to pay a tow firm to remove it. In fact, there are many firms who will not only collect your car, they’ll pay you cash for it! This seems unbelievable until you realize that even a junk car has valuable parts. Besides residual value in the wheels, tires, battery and stereo, the catalyst in the car’s catalytic converter is actually a precious metal. The older the car the better as older cars often have Palladium catalysts which is an extremely valuable metal whereas modern cars have cheaper, less valuable alternatives.
Many Items Have Value
Once you understand that even a junk car has value, this should get you thinking about where else in your home you may have valuable materials, metals or elements inside them. If you have a collection of old cell phone batteries or chargers, they will change hands for money. If you have old appliances in your yard, you can sell those too. Even valueless items such as card and paper are saleable at a flea market.