5 Important Reasons To Put Your Home On The Market This Summer

Summer is here!  In most regions of the country, summer is the best time of year to sell your home.  This season makes for an easier transition between school years and people are more interested in looking for new places.  But let’s talk about the other reasons that you should put your home on the market now.

1.)  Demand is great.   The latest edition of Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reflects that buyer demand prominent throughout every region. This means that there are buyers out there that are ready and prepared to purchase right now in the marketplace.  In many circumstances, if you have a well-kept home in a desirable community, you may find that multiple potential buyers will make attractive offers for your home.  In other words, it’s important to take advantage of this competitive buyer activity now.

2.) Lowered Housing Inventory– Unless you are keeping up with real estate trends, what this means is we are currently under the 6-months needed for normal housing market.  There are simply not enough homes for sale to accommodate the number of buyers looking for a new home.  Sellers have the advantage in this current market. However, we have a hit a high market for increased equity in 11 years so it’s important to target the sale of your home during this time.  New construction will increase as 2017 closes out so make sure that your home is in mint condition for potential sellers that rivals new homes.

3.) Quick Processes- When a buyer finds the home of their dreams, there are little things more frustrating than a slow process to move in.  As the economic market begins to gain momentum, banks will be inundated with new loans that it has the potential to stretch out closings for longer than anticipated.  However, selling now will make this process quicker and more efficient which will get you to the closing table sooner than waiting.

4.) The Perfect Time for More Space– If one of the reasons you are considering a move includes more house, then it’s important to know that prices are anticipated to appreciate by 4.9% over the next year based on finding by CoreLogic. A higher-priced this year will increase more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) than if you wait until next summer.  While rates are expected to increase in the next 12 months, it’s important to look into your options of locking in 30-year housing expense with current interest rates around 4%.

5.)  New Chapters–  Many people avoid drastic life changes.  But change can be good.  If you are looking for more space, a job in a new city, or want to retire to less space, you can make this happen in the current market regardless of the reason.  Think about the reasons you want to sell and begin a new chapter.  The selling market is yours.

One of the most rewarding things about my job as a real estate agent is making my clients’ dreams come true.  I love when they find the home that is just right for them.  I also love when I guide them through the process of selling their current home so they can move on to the next one.  Let’s talk about the next step in making your dreams happen.

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Five Remodeling Trend That Are Happening Now…..

Mashing Up Styles
Mashing up different styles adds a unique look to what would be an ordinary room.  Too many patterns may be too much but think of mixing a white wall with brightly patterned pillSouthwestern-Mid-Century-Mashup8ows and an eccentric lamp to suit your taste.  Textured fabrics are a must.

The Connected Home
We can all agree that we live in a technology world.  If you fall too far behind, it’s hard to catch up.  But imagine living in a home that connects all your devices togethers to become more efficient.  Look for options that accelerate your flexibility, convenience, and affordability such as linking your fridge when you are low on milk or a iphone reminder that your carbon dioxide detectors batteries need to be replaced.  How cool is that?

 


Becoming Eco-Friendly and Energy-Efficient
Not only is an eco-friendly home a more efficient way to live, it’s fastly becoming trendy.  Construction of new homes are now using low-impact waste materials such as bamboo and wood to create beautiful earthy spaces.  Steel recycling material and concrete are becoming more popular energy-efficient ways to insulate homes as well.  Upgrading your home in different ways will save you money in the long-run.

Metal Accents
We’ve said it before, metal is HUGE now!  Accenting metal pieces adds a focus element especially when blended with wood to add texture.  Very trend forward, people!
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Open Kitchens
Kitchens are truly the new living rooms.  They have become the place to gather, eat over a feast, have conversations, and connect with your family and friend.  New constructions are influenced by open kitchens that allow space and convenience. If you are trying to narrow down which room is most important to renovate, we highly suggest this space!

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Spring-Ready Your Home!

The enjoyable days of winter are dwindling to an end.  It’s time to do some spring clean-up before the desert heat sets in!  In order to make your home efficient and keep your utility bills down, here are a few things to make sure your home is running the way it should:
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Clean Those Dirty Gutters!  
Debris and water can collect in your gutters and create a host of headaches (wood rot and foundation damage to name a few) if you aren’t paying attention!  If you’re a little iff-y about climbing onto the roof yourself, hire a professional to clean every six months.

De-Bug and De-Pest
Terminates and other insect can wreck havoc on a home.  Hire an exterminator (if the problem is mild, bug bombs can also do the trick) to thoroughly inspect your home for problem.

Check the Roof
Your roof is literally what hangs over your family’s head every night.  Make sure it’s in proper order to make sure there are no missing shingles, loose pipes, or cracks.  Similar to the gutters, if you don’t feel comfortable checking out the scenarios yourself, hire a pro.  Preventive roof work is a must for good home maintenance!

Get A/C Tune Up
If you have ever had your A/C unit give out on you in the heat of summer, you know how expensive it can be to get it serviced or replace the entire thing!  You may want to invest in a good A/C maintenance package that includes condenser and blower unit cleaning, coolant level check and refill, electrical connection securing, duct work inspection, and temperature difference measurement between supply and return.  It may save you lots of money in the long run!

Change A/C Filters
A clean system will help preserve the life of your unit and keep your utility bills in check. Set reminders to change them out every two months.

Check Irrigation System
If you have ever had a busted pipe, you know how you dread the next water bill! Irrigation lines are apt to deteriorate in extreme heat, which may result in broken pipes. Make sure your system is running through the proper channels and watering your lawn (and not the street!).

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Clean Up Your Home By Avoiding These Decorating Mistakes

You may not even realize it but it’s possible that you are making your home look messy.   It’s easy to overlook decorating mistakes that can make your home look unorganized.  If you are staging your house to woo potential buyers or you want to impress weekend guests, make sure that you are avoiding these to create an organized and clean space.  

An Unbalanced Room
well-balanced-roomThink of it like this: You would never place large furniture in small quarters.  It can become overwhelming and greatly affects the flow of the room.  Allow the furniture (and the larger objects in the room) to naturally float opposed to lining them against a wall.  Most importantly, find pieces that balance the room nicely.


High Maintenance Fabrics
High maintenance comforters or cheap slipcovers are easy to wrinkle and have the potential to create a rumpled effect .  Well-ironed fabrics present a more polished look for guests as they enter a room.  A carefully folded throw blanket and properly placed pillows are important, too. slipcover

Ignoring Your Foyer
Most guests enter your home through the front door so naturally, you must pay special attention to keeping the floors clean and avoiding the area as a place for backpacks, junk mail, and sports equipment.  Keep the area reserved for representing your home.  A great tip: find a functional rug for wiping dirty shoes at the front door.

Exposed Wires and Cords
In this age of laptops, TVs, gaming systems, and Roku boxes, you are bound to have a tangle of cords and wires lying around the busiest room.  At times, you have to creatively think of way to hide them behind a couch or under the carpet.  Out of sight, out of mind.
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Skimping on Furnishings
Invest money in furnishing specifically rugs.  A rule of thumb to remember is that a better quality rug in a bigger size (appropriate to the room) will save you in the long haul.  Rugs are often trampled and cheap rugs don’t hold up as well.  Pairing strategic furniture placement along with a good rug will present a clean, well-maintained room for all to enjoy.

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Staging or Updating Your Home This Year? The Best Home Trends for 2017

As you are making way for changes in the new year, you may be scheming a plan to update your home or possibly staging your home for possible buyers.  While some fads have already had their hay day in the golden sun, new trends are making way in homes for 2017.  Here’s a look in what we’re seeing in homes now……

The Industrial Look
If you love antique clocks, textured shutters, and chippy antiques, you will love that this is still the look in modern homes.  It takes a keen eye to balance metals and woods but yet make a room inviting.  Think reclaimed wood.
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Black Stainless Steel

The tide is turning kitchen trends.  Black stainless steel is replacing the traditional stainless in kitchens with a warmer feel than the cold look.  While this tends to be a more expensive trend, it has the potential to transform a kitchen.black-stainless-steel

Eclectic Mix of Metals
This look works particularly well in any part of the house.  Think outside of the box and mix metals in the kitchen with copper, steel, and nickel (pares well in a farmhouse!).
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Antiques
Antiques always seem to be in trend.  Give old books, glass, tables, and chair a breath of fresh air by sitting them next to updated piece to make it pop.  Remember that your best treasures may be found in your grandmother’s attic.

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White Cabinets
Cherry cabinets have taken more of outdated look these days and quickly being replaced with a white coat of paint.  This clean look plays up a light gray wall.  A weekend project can transform a kitchen!

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Lucite Furniture
Like it or not, lucite furniture is turning heads even in more formal spaces like dining rooms.  Matching the pieces with a refined table and decor to make it work well.
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2016 Trends That Here to Stay in 2017……

  • burlap
  • farmhouse style
  • natural colors
  • clocks
  • open shelves
  • chalk-painted furniture
  • sanctuary bedrooms
  • porches
  • firepits
  • home offices
  • natural fiber rugs
  • mid century accents

Whether you have just moved into a new home or staging your current to place on the market, these ideas will help make your place cozy and warm.  If you are thinking of selling your home, please call me so I can help you raise the potential of top dollar.  I’m more than happy to help you sell and find the home of your dreams!
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Too Much Thanksgiving Food? Simple and Tasty Recipes for Leftovers From Your Feast

It’s hard to believe anybody has leftovers at Thanksgiving with all the tasty foods but it’s true.  If you are looking for creative twists to the usual feast of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie for the days after Thanksgiving, here are a few of my favorites.  If guests are still in town, you can enjoy them for days after the big meal.  The best part is that they are easy to make and crowd-pleasing.  Enjoy!

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Leftover Turkey

Turkey and Corn Enchiladas
Ingredients
2 cups shredded roasted turkey or chicken
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1½ cups grated pepper Jack cheese (6 ounces)
Kosher salt and black pepper
8 small flour tortillas
1 cup store-bought enchilada sauce
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions
1. Heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, corn, 1 cup of the cheese, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
2. Spoon the mixture onto the tortillas and roll. Place seam-side down in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
3. Top with the sauce and remaining ½ cup of cheese. Bake until heated through and beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve

Turkey Reubens
Ingredients
8 slices rye bread
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Russian dressing
8 slices roasted turkey or chicken
1 cup sauerkraut
8 slices Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups potato chips
½ cup sliced pickles

Directions
1. Spread 4 slices of bread with the mustard and 4 slices with the Russian dressing.
2. Dividing evenly, top the mustard-spread slices with the turkey, sauerkraut, and cheese, then the remaining bread.
3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
4. Add the sandwiches and cook, pressing occasionally with the back of a spatula until the bread is golden brown and crisp and the cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with the potato chips and pickles.

Leftover Stuffing
Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes
Ingredients
For the Stuffing Cakes
2 cups leftover stuffing
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup freshly grated mozzarella, cheddar, or similar melty cheese

To Cook and Serve
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
5 large eggs
Salt and pepper
Optional toppings: cooked bacon; Canadian bacon or ham; leftover gravy; hollandaise sauce; sautéed spinach or mushrooms; chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, parsley, or chives

Directions
1. Place the stuffing in a large bowl, gently breaking up any large clumps. Add the egg and stir to combine, making sure that all of the stuffing is evenly moistened. Stir in the cheese.
2. Portion 1/3 cup of the stuffing mixture into your hands and shape into a patty that is about 3 inches wide and 1/2-inch thick. Repeat for remaining mixture. You will have about 5 patties total.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Gently fry the cakes on each side until the patties are lightly crisp on the outside and warmed through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer the cakes to a paper towel-lined plate and cover with foil to keep warm while you prepare the eggs.
4. With a paper towel, lightly and carefully wipe the skillet clean, then heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in the skillet. Fry the eggs until the yolk is nearly set, about 2 minutes per egg. Top the cakes with any desired add-ons (bacon, sautéed spinach, gravy, etc.), a fried egg, salt and pepper. Enjoy immediately.

Leftover Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Holiday Breakfast Casserole
Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup, or to taste
2.5 cups leftover chopped pumpkin pie (or other flavor) approx 3-4 slices, divided

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Chop 3-4 slices of leftover pie to make 2.5 cups of chopped pie.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Now add the wet ingredients and stir well. Adjust sweetener to taste. Fold in 2 cups chopped pie gently. Crumble remaining 1/2 cup of pie on top for a “streusel”
3. Pour into a greased casserole dish and bake at 375F for 30 minutes or so.
4. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and almond milk. Add a dollop of whipped cream to garnish if desired.

Holiday Guest Frenzy? A Little Hosting Prep Work Will Make You Shine

As we march towards the holiday season, you may be strategically (and possibly frantically) planning for out-of-town friends and family to invade your home.  While their anticipated visit may be a very welcomed event, many of us aren’t fortunate enough to own a guesthouse on the property.  This is where you insert this guide to make the visit as comfortable and inviting as possible for your guests and for you- as the host- to feel like you aren’t tirelessly worried about the details.  You can sit back and enjoy the company!

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 Pre-planning is key

Ask your guests what essentials they may need to make them feel at home.  Will they need bedding accommodations such as an air mattress or pack-and-play for young children?  What are their favorite breakfast and snack foods?  Are there any allergies such as pets or dust?  This will help you to elaborate a plan to set up the room.  If you don’t have a requested item on hand, ask local friends or family to borrow items. If your visitors need extra bedding for little ones, make sure that they are set up and ready to crash in the moment they arrive.  Often times, traveling makes for cranky kids so it will be less hassle than setting it up upon arrival.  A thorough cleaning and dusting with clean sheets and towels is always helpful especially if there are allergies.  Don’t forget that great guests are always appreciative of a well-stocked pantry, too.  A little pre-planning goes a long way and will eliminate the unnecessary runaround after they walk through the door.

 Make it travel-sized

As they always say, attention is in the details.  We’ve all traveled somewhere and realized we’ve forgotten something at home.  Fill a basket in the bathroom with travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, and shower essentials as well as razors, a toothbrush (unused, of course), toothpaste, and bottled water.  Provide reading material and mints on the nightstand.  These are all welcoming cues for your guests.

 But what about the kids?

For those hosts who may not have children, let’s face it. You have to think like one who does!  Kids have accidents and you have to prepare your home for the unknown.  Assess your home to make sure that sharp items such as scissors and knives are unreachable to tiny hands.  Just in case, make sure to re-stock your first aid kit with band-aids and other essentials.  Put away breakable or valuable items that might accidentally meet the fate of a flying toy.  Set out a spare set of linens to be placed on-call for those unexpected middle-of-the-night mishaps.

If you don’t have a TV/DVR in the guest room, relocate one that you can live without (or borrow one!) during the stay.  This will be a lifesaver for those times when the adults want to talk and the kids need their own space and activity.  Don’t forget to check out Redbox for the latest kid-friendly movie!
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 Fun for all

The best part of visits is making it fun for everybody!  Don’t feel required to make every meal- suggest trying out the newest restaurant in town or ordering take-out.  Set aside a game night that includes everybody. Tie in holiday-themed activities such as baking cookies, strolling down neighborhood streets lit up in holiday lights, or even decorating your own house.  After all, time and laughs together are what you’ll remember long after they pull out of your driveway.

 And a little space is always good, too

Depending on the length of the visit, it’s always nice to have a little separation.  Be sure to research local events or shopping venues with information and brochures that you can provide your guests (especially with kids!) if they need to get out of the house.  This will give you a breather on prepping meals, do some spot cleaning, or just recharging your batteries until their return.

 Speaking of spot cleaning……

As with most hospitable hosts, you were probably raised better than to ask your guests to lift a finger.  But dirty laundry does tend to pile up and clutter seems to get pushed aside.  Keep a laundry basket or bin in a specified place such as a closet or laundry room to collect used towels or linens.  This is a better method than doing a scavenger hunt throughout the house before starting a load.  Let them know there are disinfectant wipes under the bathroom sink and disposable cups, plates, and utensils in the cupboard.  These little hints will hopefully keep bathrooms and kitchens (somewhat) tidy throughout the visit.

How to Sell Your Home to a Millennial

Millennials are now presently the fastest-growing generation of consumers in the United States at 80 million.  Millennials represent those born 1980 and 2000 and have been associated as being a generation of renters.  However, the tables are turning and these young people are more ambitious to become homeowners than you would think.  As sellers are placing their homes on the market, it’s important to remember that Millennials are now potential buyers as we move into the next decade.  While location is generally the priority for this group, a selling strategy can position your home to expand into the Millennial buying interest.  Here are a few tips to generate interest to this group.
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Create a Move-in Ready Home

Millennials tend to favor towards move-in ready real estate opposed to purchasing a fixer-upper.  To appeal to this group, pour through magazine and tap into the latest decorating trends.  A perfectly staged home will naturally draw interest.  

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Sociable Spaces

sociableLarge, open floor plans are a crucial element for millennials to gather and socialize in their home.  If your home has smaller rooms, consider knocking down walls to create a more inviting space for entertaining and hosting plenty of friends.


WiFi Accessibility

wifiTechnology is a daily necessity for these young buyers.  A poor or inaccessible signal will be a hard sell.  If your current situation, consider investing in a booster, repeater, or extender.

Technology-Savvy Approaches

technologyMillennials expect to use technology to make informative decisions.  When selecting an agent, make sure he/she will be able to create a mobile app, virtual tour, and digital photos to beautifully market your home.  Since millennials are always plugged into a tablet or smart phone, be prepared to be in check for response times and respond to their queries within a reasonable time.

A Green Home

This group tends to have a greener lifestyle than generations before them.  A sustainable, earth-friendly home is most certainly a plus for them.  If you need to boost environmental standards, consider energy-efficient heating, cooling, and insulation.  Sustainable materials such as bamboo are excellent selling points.  

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Market Your Home to Their Lifestyle

MillenialsThis group thrives on a balance between work and life.  A close proximity to where they do life is one of the most important factors.  Location is a crucial factor and can work in your favor if your home is in the right spot.  Highlight nearby places that they can access within walking distance of their front door.

                                                                                                                                  Be a Smart Seller

young-man-asks-a-questionBe upfront with any questions they may have about your home.  They want to make a good decision.  Remember that selling to this generation isn’t as hard as it seems.  Create an open space, use technology in your marketing strategies, and you are likely to sell your home for the right price.

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Weekend Warrior: Take Your Front Door From Tired to Inviting

Old man winter is behind us.  It’s time to bring out the rakes and potting soil and bring life back into your yard this spring!  Whether you have just moved in, putting your home on the market, and need a new look, spend a weekend doing a few things to give a brand new look to your home and plenty of curb appeal.
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A few tip that will make a huge difference…..
1.) Clean out old flower beds by raking dead leaves and plants, rocks, and debris .  Replace it with fresh mulch for a more manicured look.
2.) Replaced a tired doormat with a colorful one.  Find a versatile wreath or door decoration that adds character to your front door.
3.) Find flowers and plants that you can easily take care of during the warmer months.  Be mindful of watering and daily sun/shade requirements.
4.) Never underestimate the power of pressure-washing and a fresh coat of paint.

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Your Best Spring Cleaning Tip: Garage Sales

Garage sales.  As the old saying goes, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” And what’s a better way to purge the no longer used items and make some quick cash than holding a garage sale?  Let’s talk about maximizing your sale to make the most money!Here are some great tips:

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Advertise and they will come
Simple enough, right?  This part does require pre-planning.  Start placing signs around the local area around a week from the sale.  Make sure that you are legally placing them and you remove them when the sale is over.  In our social media world, there are plenty of neighborhood and groups in your local area that will help draw in the crowds by posting the details of your sale.  Talk about it with neighbors and friends and ask them to spread the word!  They may know somebody who is looking for exactly what you are selling.  Don’t forget to be specific about what will be included in your sale!  Nursery furniture, baby swing, infant clothes, and home furniture sets (all in good condition) are a big plus!

Make it an event
If you live in a neighborhood or community, draw interest to see others want to participate.  The more people involved will drive more traffic to your sale, too.  Get the kids to help by setting up their own table to make their own money!  They can sell toys no longer used or even sell doughnuts or lemonade.

Big ticket items near the curb
price tagDo you ever wonder exactly what people are looking for when they slowly drive past your sale?  Give them eye candy by placing items closer to the road that will lure them in.  An electric saw, lawnmower, or baby crib are great items to get people out of their car and see what else you have!  Think about organizing to mimic how you would see it in a store and creatively display everything!  You may want to create a reading nook with that LazyBoy chair and end table that you have been chomping at the bits to get rid of and pairing it with crates of $1 books.  Set up pack-and-plays and strollers for parents-to-be to test out. It makes for an easier sale!

Be open to negotiation
moneyMany people will agree that the trickiest part to holding a sale is pricing.  Here is my rule-of-thumb: Price fairly on low-ticket items (approximately ⅓ of what you originally paid) but mark big ticket items just a little higher.  Buyers tend to negotiate on those to feel like they walked away with a deal.  It gives you a little wiggle room to work with in case they do.  But also be willing to accept other offers.  After all, your goal is to rid of as many things as you can!  Make a list of the things that you don’t want to take below a certain amount but everything else is negotiable.

Have on hand…..
You want to be prepared for the unknown to keep from scrambling.  The most useful items are plenty of coins and small bills (especially $1’s), a calculator, several pens, a notepad (for documenting items and sell price), extra price tags, an apron (for holding the money), a radio for background music, and cell phone (you never know).
Be sure to have a friendly demeanor to everybody who walk up to check out your stash!  Greet and say hello.  If you aren’t busy, be sure tell everybody thank you for coming by (even if they didn’t buy anything!).  Who knows?  They may return to buy the one thing they saw and can’t live without!

Give it away
When the sale is over, call a local charity that will accept your unsold items.  Many of these will come pick up your donations to sell for their cause.  Make sure that the charity is legit and be sure to grab documents for a tax deduction!

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