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Slimming Down your Household for Cross Country Moving

Posted on: August 22, 2018 | by: Hall Lane Movers August 22, 2018

One of the smartest ways to prepare for a move is to get rid of unnecessary clutter before you move. And if you’re moving a long distance, you might be thinking of getting rid of larger items and furniture that’s no longer needed. Before you start looking up cross country movers, take a look in your basement, spare bedroom, storage unit, attic, and other spaces and consider the following tips on running your own moving sale:

  1. Investigate any permit issues. Your city, township, neighborhood, or homeowCross country moving long island nyners association might have stipulations around how, when, and where you can organize a moving sale. A permit might be needed, or there might be rules around hosting the sale on your lawn, driveway, or garage. Usually there aren’t many rules and a permit may not required, but you are better off to know beforehand than to be shut down and fined later.
  2. Pick your date. Select a date for your moving sale well in advance and consider putting an ad in the local newspaper the week prior. Some online and social media platforms also have a section to advertise neighborhood or yard sales. Late spring and early fall are the most popular seasons and you will find that the most popular days for moving sales are Fridays and Saturdays. If it’s already warm in the daytime, you will want to start early in the morning. You will probably draw your largest crowd early. Don’t be surprised to find shoppers arriving an hour before you are ready!
  3. Plan ahead. Before your sale, declutter and eliminate, going through each room of your house. Keep an eye out for extra items and duplicates. If you have items you haven’t used in years, seriously consider whether you really want to move these to your next location or grab some fast cash from the sale instead! Check your attic, basement and garage for things you want to sell, too! Put a price tag on everything you don’t want. Your unwanted items will likely be someone else’s treasure!
  4. Dedicate the day before to more preparation. You can make or buy sale signs to place in your yard or at nearby street corners. Get plenty of change in small bills from the bank, and have your cashbox conveniently located in a safe place.
  5. Prepare the sale space itself. An organized sale is appealing to shoppers, and draws different shoppers to different areas of the sale. Sort and group clothing, shoes, books, tools, kitchen items and miscellaneous things as best you can. You can use masking tape and a permanent pen for price tags; be sure the prices are legible and clearly marked.


After the sale, get your quote! Cross country movers can help you inventory everything you’ll need to pack and move, and then you can decide if there are any additional items you want to donate, give away, or get rid of. Local charities are often good resources for giving away furniture and gently used toys and clothing.

You are unlikely to sell everything you put out, but with an attractive sale space and some advance preparation, you are likely to pare down the amount of stuff you’ll need a quote on from cross country movers. You can also turn to the local experts at Hall Lane Moving & Storage for additional recommendations.