Ipsos Reid recently conduced a survey on behalf of online classifieds site Kijiji and found that over 40 per cent of Canadians threw away an average of $400 worth of home and garden items as opposed to selling them or giving them away last year.
Decluttering is one of the most important steps when staging your home for an open house and when listing it for sale. Decluttering can also help you get rid of unwanted junk, lessen your load when you move and make your home a place where potential buyers can imagine it as their own without your personal touches. When selling a home, it’s important to think of it like any other asset to be unloaded and not be as sentimental with your things, which can be stored, donated or sold to clear up space.
How you get rid of the junk is up to you, but consider donating or selling gently used items as long as they’re clean and still functional. It’s also more environmentally responsible than sending unwanted items off to the landfill forever.
If you do post items for sale online, ensure your ad is effectively written and accurately describes the condition of the item. Anything you sell is only worth what someone will pay for it, and when using online websites to sell items such as Kijiji or Craigslist, prepare for a lot of haggling. Most used items are listed for about half what they were originally purchased for.
If your item just won’t sell or is becoming more of a hassle than it’s worth – literally – consider using Freecycle, which is a classifieds website for free items.